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Press Release


May 16, 2011

Pursell, Poole, Staashelm await Tuesday's announcement

MARYVILLE, Mo.-One thing is certain. Northwest Missouri State junior hurdler Tyler Shaw will go for his third All-America award in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be held May 24-26 in Turlock, Calif.

Shaw hopes to be joined by junior teammates Brittany Poole and T.R. Pursell and sophomore Seth Staashelm who sit on the proverbial bubble for qualification - Poole and Pursell in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Staashelm in the decathlon. They will learn their fate at 11 a.m. Tuesday when the championship field is posted online at

Poole and Pursell ran their best races of the season Friday at Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College in Naperville, Ill. Poole broke her own school record in the steeplechase by nearly 12 seconds, finishing in 10:59.74. Pursell ran the third-fastest time in program history and improved his career mark by nearly five seconds after crossing in 9:08.73.

Poole stands with the 19th-best time in the nation while Pursell holds the 20th-best mark. Last year, the NCAA qualified 18 runners for the women's steeplechase and 19 the year before. For the men's race, the NCAA qualified 17 last year and 16 two years ago.

Staashelm is in a similar situation in the decathlon. He scored 6,415 points at the MIAA Championship Meet two weeks ago, which at that point was the 10th-best tally in the nation. He has since slipped into 17th place. The NCAA accepted 12 decathletes a year ago. Northwest head coach Scott Lorek is hoping they'll take at least 14 this season.

Notes from the weekend:

  • Sophomore Lekiesha McKnight provisionally qualified in the shot put at North Central with a personal-best throw of 45-feet-2.25-inches. McKnight's throw is third-best in program history and ranks 29th nationally
  • Shaw improved his personal-best time in the 200-meter dash to 21.32s - sixth-best in program history and 34th-best nationally
  • Junior Ryan Darling ran 3:55.56 in the 1,500-meter run - seventh-best in program history
  • Junior Heidi Johnson ran 4:49.72 in the 1,500-meter run - seventh-best in program history
  • Sophomore Adrienne Cornelius turned in personal-best marks in four of seven events in the heptathlon hosted by Fort Hays State Thursday and Friday. Cornelius earned 4,249 points.

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