2010 Missouri State Cross Country Guide
The 2010 Missouri State Cross Country Guide is a comprehensive and informative guide to the current Bears and the history of the program.
Emily Beaver Ashton Stubbs Terry Phillips Missouri Statee Cross Country Womenâ€™s Soccer 2010 Guide Missouri State University 2010 Cross Country Schedule Date Opponent Site Time Fri., Sept. 3 Southwest Baptist Invitational Bolivar, Mo. 7:00 p.m. Fri., Sept. 17 SIUE Cross Country Challenge Edwardsville, Ill. 5:15 p.m. Sat., Oct. 2 Greater Springfield Sports Commission Richard Clark Invitational Springfield 9:00 a.m. Sat., Oct 16 Chili Pepper Festival Fayetteville, Ark. 11:00 a.m. Sat., Oct 30 Missouri Valley Conference Championship Wichita, Kan. 11:00 a.m. Sat., Nov. 13 NCAA Midwest Regional Peoria, Ill. 11:00 a.m. Mon., Nov. 22 NCAA National Championships Terre Haute, Ind. 11:00 a.m. Ø Home Games (bold) at Missouri State Cross Country Facility at Springfield Underground Ø Times listed are Central (CST) and subject to change MissouriStateBears.com MissouriStateTix.com Table of Contents 2010 Schedule.............................................................................................................................. IFC Table of Contents/Quick Facts.......................................................................................................... 1 Missouri State Administration.......................................................................................................2-10 2010 Missouri State Bears Cross Country................................................................................. 11-27 2009 Season Review.................................................................................................................28-29 Cross Country History and Honors.............................................................................................30-31 Missouri Valley Conference........................................................................................................32-33 This is Missouri State.................................................................................................................34-54 2009 Midwest Regional................................................................................................................. IBC Quick Facts Missouri State University Year Founded.........................................................1905 Location.................................................Springfield, Mo. Address......................................... 901 S. National Ave. . .............................................. Springfield, MO 65897 University Web Site...................www.MissouriState.edu Switchboard.......................................... (417) 836-5000 University President.................. Dr. James E. Cofer, Sr. Enrollment (Fall 2008).........................................22,938 Nickname..............................................................Bears School Colors....................................Maroon and White National Affiliation....................... NCAA Division I (FCS) Conference Affiliation......... Missouri Valley Conference Intercollegiate Athletics Athletics Site................... www.MissouriStateBears.com Facebook.............www.Facebook.com/MissouriStBears Twitter....................... www.Twitter.com/MissouriStBears Director of Athletics...................................... Kyle Moats Phone................................................ (417) 836-5244 Fax..................................................... (417) 836-6344 Associate Directors of Athletics...................................... . .......................................... Casey Comoroski (SWA) . ....... Brian Hicks (Academics/Student Development) . .................................. Tiffany Akre (Business Affairs) Assistant Directors of Athletics . .............................. Rick Kindhart (Communications) . .............................Padraic McMeel (External Affairs) . ...........................................Kyle Yates (Compliance) Faculty Athletics Representative...... Dr. Bruce Johnson Athletics Communications Cross Country Liaison.............................Jake Gossage Email..........................email@example.com Office Phone...................................... (417) 836-5402 Fax..................................................... (417) 836-4868 Office Location..............Hammons Student Center, 138 Shipping...................................MSU Sports Information 901 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO 65897 Director of Athletics Communications.......Rick Kindhart Assistant SID............................................. Eric Doennig Assistant SID............................................Ben Adamson Assistant SID/Web & New Media....................Tim Bohn Sports Information Assistant.........................Kevin Kane Graduate Assistants........... Jake Gossage, Brian Lynch The 2010 Missouri State Cross Country Guide was produced by the Missouri State University Office of Athletics Communications, Jake Gossage. Additional content was provided by staff members Rick Kindhart, Brian Lynch, Ben Adamson, Eric Doennig, Tim Bohn, Kevin Kane and Megan Hartzell, with cover design byTim Bohn. Special thanks to Stacey Funderburk and Amy Schuldt from the MSU Office of Publications for their contributions and assistance. Photography is courtesy of MSU Photographic Services, John Wall, director and Kevin White, senior photographer. Additional photo contributions by Springfield News-Leader, Philadelphia Eagles, Kevin Arkin, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, San Jose SaberCats, Toronto Argonauts, New York Giants, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Heat, Chicago Fire, Getty Images, Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, UNI Sports Information and contributing opponents. Coaching Staff Head Coach............ Greg Hipp (Appalachian State ‘02) Director of Track/Field and Cross Country ...................................Ronald Boyce (Murray State ‘09) Missouri State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer Missouri State Cross Country-1 â€Š Missouri State Administration Contents Dr. James D. Cofer, President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Kyle Moats, Athletics Director . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Associate Atletics Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Assistant Athletic Directors/Bears Fund . . . . . 7 Athletics Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2-Missouri State Cross Country Country COFeR Missouri State Vice Presidents & Faculty Representative President First Year at Missouri State Dr. James E. Cofer, Sr., began his first year as president of Missouri State University on August 2. He was introduced to the campus and Springfield community as the school’s 10th president on May 14, following a nationwide search. Cofer came to Springfield after serving as president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe since 2002. He replaced Dr. Michael T. Nietzel, who had been MSU’s president since July 2005. Additionally, Cofer will be a tenured professor in MSU’s College of Business Administration. “I am deeply honored by the Board’s decision and its confidence in me,” Cofer said on May 14. “I have been a fan of Missouri State University for many years and I look forward to continuing the good work that has been done here. Working with the faculty, staff, students, community, governmental leaders and all other constituent groups, I think we can create and achieve a shared vision for the university.” Cofer earned a reputation as the leader of an “extraordinary renaissance” at the University of Louisiana at Monroe over his eight years as president. When he and his wife, Deborah, arrived at ULM in 2002, they immediately began the “Reclaiming Our Campus” campaign, which involved more than 2,000 students, faculty, staff, community leaders, and area citizens who cleaned, planted flowers and repainted the campus. Shortly thereafter, Cofer developed an ambitious visionary plan that included more than $80 million in new construction and renovations on campus. Students, whose academic achievements continue to proliferate every year, now enjoy the newest, up-to-date residence halls, state-of-the-art “smart classrooms,” a completely-renovated Student Union Building and multiple campus security improvements. In 2007, students rated ULM higher than ever before – breaking a record for student satisfaction at the institution and surpassing student satisfaction at the national level. With the help of engaged faculty, ULM also patterned its mathematics and English course redesigns after the National Center for Academic Transformation’s Roadmap to Redesign philosophy, utilizing sound methodology, student-centered learning, clear assessment criteria and effective technology incorporation in 2007. To further encourage student success, ULM implemented living-learning communities, peer and faculty mentoring programs, extensive undergraduate research initiatives and advanced technological modalities. Cognizant of adult learners and today’s busy student, Cofer advocated “anytime, anywhere, anyplace instruction,” resulting in additional online courses and degree programs at ULM. Cofer earned his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in December 1998. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1971 and his MBA in 1975, both from Mississippi State University. Prior to becoming president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe in March of 2002, Cofer served as vice president for finance and administration for the University of Missouri System from 1998-2002. Prior to that, he was vice president for finance and administration for the University of Arkansas System from 1995-98; Eisenhower Fellow in Budapest, Hungary, in 1995-96; and vice chancellor for fiscal affairs and treasurer of the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia from 1991-95. He also has held positions in finance and administration with the Mississippi Power and Light Company; Murray State University; the State of Mississippi; and the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. Cofer and his wife, Deborah, have two children and two grandchildren. Dr. Belinda McCarthy Provost Ken McClure Vice President for Administrative and Information Services Dr. Jim Baker Dr. Earle Doman Vice President for Research and Economic Development Brent Dunn Vice President for University Advancement Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Bruce Johnson Chairman, Faculty Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics University Administrative Council Dr. James E. Cofer President Dr. Carey Adams Dean, College of Arts and Letters Dr. Jim Baker V.P. for Research and Economic Development Dr. Drew Bennett Chancellor, Missouri State-West Plains Dr. Earle Doman V.P. for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Brent Dunn V.P. for University Advancement Nila Hayes Chief Financial Officer Paul Kincaid Chief of Staff/Asst. to President for Univ. Relations John McAlear Secretary to the Board of Governors Dr. Belinda McCarthy Provost Ken McClure V.P. for Administrative and Information Services June McHaney Director, Internal Audit Kyle Moats Director of Athletics Dr. Helen Reid Dean, College of Health and Human Services Clif Smart General Counsel Missouri State Cross Country-3 Moats Director of Athletics Second Year at Missouri State Missouri State University’s search for its new director of athletics concluded May 28, 2009, with the introduction of Kyle Moats as the University’s 10th A.D. Moats came to the University after serving as associate athletics director for national marketing at the University of Louisville since 2005. Moats began his duties at Missouri State in July 2009, replacing Bill Rowe, who retired after spending 27 years as Missouri State’s top athletics administrator and more than a half century at the university as a student, coach and administrator. In a busy first year on the job, Moats wasted little time in laying groundwork for the future of Missouri State Athletics. From day one he emphasized the importance of fostering a strategic vision in the current landscape of intercollegiate athletics by involving all corners of the campus community in developoing a long-range plan for the MSU Athletics. Moats played a key role in Missouri State’s new partnership with Nelligan Sports Marketing (NSM), announced in February 2010. The agreement will result in the outsourcing of the departments’ marketing and corporate sales operations while maximizing revenue potential for MSU Athletics. Additionally, Moats was instrumental in MSU’s negotiations for a new television contract this past summer. Prior to his arrival in Springfield, Moats spent four years as associate athletics director for national marketing at Louisville. In that capacity, he coordinated the Cardinals’ efforts in national awareness, marketing, branding and group ticket sales. He also worked closely with Nelligan, which manages the exclusive marketing rights for Cardinal Athletics. Moats oversaw the Louisville band and spirit squads as the liaison with student government and student spirit groups. Prior to joining the Louisville staff, Moats served as senior associate athletic director for two years at Marquette University, where oversaw the Golden Eagles’ Blue and Gold Fund, media relations, ticket operations, special events, licensing, radio, television, marketing and promotions and sponsorships with NSM. He also worked 14 years in the University of Kentucky athletics department, including his last three there as associate athletics director for marketing (2000-02). Moats joined the UK staff as a graduate assistant in the athletics office in 1989, and in 1991 was promoted to coordinator of promotions and special events. He became the Wildcats’ director of marketing, promotions and licensing in 1993 before being named assistant athletics director for marketing in 1996. He served as tournament manager for the 1993 NCAA Golf Championships and the 1996 and 1998 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament events in Lexington. A native of Dixon, Ill., Moats is a 1988 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. While at SIUE, Moats was a three-year letterwinner in golf and was a student assistant basketball coach for the Cougars from 1985-1988. He earned a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Kentucky in 2001. Moats and his wife, Leeann, have two children, Kirk and Lauren. Kyle Moats was introduced as Missouri State University’s 10th director of athletics on May 28, 2009. Moats Resume Summary Professional Background Years School Position 1985-88 SIUE Student-Athlete (Golf) Student Assistant Coach (MBB) 1989-91 Kentucky Graduate Assistant 1991-93 Kentucky Coordinator of Promotions and Special Events 1993-96 Kentucky Director of Marketing, Promotions and Licensing 1996-2004 Kentucky Assistant AD for Marketing 2004-06 Marquette Senior Associate AD 2006-09 Louisville Associate AD for National Marketing 2009-present Missouri State Director of Athletics Education Southern Illinois University Edwardsville B.S. in Physical Education, 1988 University of Kentucky M.S. in Sports Management, 2001 4-Missouri State Cross Country Comoroski Hicks Associate Director of Athletics/SWA Associate Director of Athletics for Student Development Eighth Year at Missouri State Casey Comoroski enters her third full year as associate director of athletics and her eighth year overall at Missouri State. Comoroski oversees the operations of several of the institution’s 16 men’s and women’s sports programs. In addition, she has oversight of the Bears’ compliance, athletic training and strength and conditioning programs and serves as the primary personnel administrator for intercollegiate athletics. Comoroski joined the MSU staff in March 2003 as assistant director of athletics for compliance, a post in which she served until succeeding Darlene Bailey as associate athletics director in September of 2006. A native of Nanticoke, Pa., Comoroski came to MSU from Coastal Carolina University, where she had been assistant athletics director for compliance since 1998. At Coastal Carolina, Comoroski’s responsibilities included overseeing budgets for some of the school’s 17 sports, working in game operations, supervising the hosting of conference championships and directing summer sports camps. She was honored as the Big South Compliance Director of the Year in 2000. Comoroski graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1994 and earned a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut in 1996. She served one year as an intern in the Syracuse University athletics compliance office and spent two years in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference compliance section. A four-year starter in women’s basketball at St. Bonaventure, Comoroski was inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame in February of 2007. Additionally, she will be inducted into the Luzerne County (Pa.) Sports Hall of Fame in August. Second Year at Missouri State Bryan Hicks begins his second year as Missouri State’s associate athletics director for student development. Prior to his arrival in Springfield in August 2009, Hicks spent 12 years at the University of Louisville and five as assistant athletic director for academics, overseeing the academic responsibilities for the Cardinal football team and stadium computer lab. The Huntsville, Ala., native also served on the University’s Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, the Directors Council for University Wide Advising and coordinated U of L’s Student-Athletes of Color Combining Opportunity and Responsibility for Excellence. A college basketball and baseball standout at Tuskegee University, he received his bachelors degree in marketing from Alabama A&M in 1992 and earned his master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from Portland State in 1996. He had served as a compliance coordinator, associate director for academic services, and an academic advisor prior to taking on his current role at Louisville in 2003. He also has coaching and multicultural admissions experience at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore. He and his wife, Kellie, are the parents of three children, Hailey, Sydney and Garrett. Akre Associate Director of Athletics for Business Administration Second Year at Missouri State Intercollegiate Athletics Committee Bruce Johnson (Chair), Faculty Athletics Representative Stan Adamson, College of Business Administration Charlotte Hardin, Multicultural Student Services James Hutter, College of Natural and Applied Sciences Jeanne Phelps, College of Health and Human Services Emmett Sawyer, College of Education Lorene Stone, College of Humanities and Public Affairs Roger Stoner, College of Arts and Letters Emily Matthews, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Ex-Officio: Tiffany Akre, Casey Comoroski, Rachelle Darabi, Kyle Moats, Kyle Yates Tiffany (Wilson) Akre will begin her second year on the Missouri State Athletics staff, after joining the department as associate director of athletics for business affairs last September. Akre is a native of Farmington, Mo., and has an extensive background in accounting, payroll, and business affairs for a number of organizations. Most recently, she spent eight years as vice president of finance for McQueary Brothers Drug Company in Springfield. In 2008, she was named senior team leader for McQueary’s finance acquisition team. As the associate athletic director for business administration, Akre is responsible for all phases of the business operation for the athletic department, which includes development and management of the annual budget and the supervision of daily business operations. She also serves as sport administrator for men’s and women’s golf. A 1997 graduate of Missouri State, Akre is also an on-line instructor for the University of Phoenix. She also holds an MBA from Regis University in Denver. Missouri State Cross Country-5 Kindhart McMeel Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications Assistant Director of Athletics for External Affairs Third Year at Missouri State Missouri State alumnus Rick Kindhart is in his third year directing MSU’s athletics communications efforts and his second as assistant director of athletics. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department, he is the primary contact for Bears’ football and men’s basketball and serves on the University Marketing Council and the NCAA Self-Study Committee. Kindhart came to Missouri State in July 2008 after serving as assistant executive director for communications for the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) for a total of 11 years. Kindhart began his stint at MSHSAA in 1996 as communications and publications director and filled that role until 2000, when he accepted the job of statistics coordinator for the NCAA in Indianapolis. He returned to MSHSAA in 2001 and was promoted to assistant executive director on July 1, 2005. Kindhart graduated cum laude from Missouri State University in 1991,and received his master’s degree in 1993 from Southeast Missouri State, where he served as assistant sports information director from 1991-93. From 1993-96, he was sports information director at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. He is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America, Society for American Baseball Research, and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and is the recipient of numerous regional and national writing and publication awards. He and his wife, Christy, have two children, Matt and Shelby. Johnson Faculty Athletics Representative 33rd Year at Missouri State Dr. Bruce Johnson is in his 15th year as the chairman of the MSU faculty committee on intercollegiate athletics and the university’s voting representative to the annual NCAA convention. Johnson, a 1962 graduate of the University of MissouriColumbia, retired from his faculty position in the MSU Department of Agriculture in July 2009 after 31 years at the school. He continues to teach on a part-time basis. Johnson earned his master’s degree in 1965 from Iowa State and his doctorate from Missouri in 1970. Johnson, whose son, Phil, was MSU’s starting quarterback in 1993, has served on the MSU faculty senate and the faculty relations committee and has won a number of awards during his teaching career. Fourth Year at Missouri State Padraic McMeel enters his third full year at Missouri State after assuming the post of assistant director of athletics for external affairs in February 2008. In his first two-plus years at MSU, McMeel has directed the implementation of the seat selection program for JQH Arena, the Bears’ and Lady Bears’ new state-of-the-art $67 million basketball facility which opened in November 2008. McMeel is also charged with overseeing the efforts of the Missouri State athletics marketing staff. McMeel came to Missouri State after serving as associate director of the Golden Knights Club (GKC) and director of premium seating at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. In that position, he was responsible for suite and club seat sales and assisted with GKC annual giving. He spent a year as assistant director of GKC before becoming associate director in 2006. Prior to his stint at UCF, McMeel spent time in the athletic departments at Illinois State and Central Michigan. He earned his undergraduate degree in sport administration from Central Michigan in 1994 and received his master’s degree from CMU in athletic administration in 2005. McMeel lives in Springfield with his wife, Ashley, and daughter, Logan. Yates Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance Third Year at Missouri State Kyle Yates begins his third year as assistant director of athletics for compliance after joining the Missouri State athletics staff in July 2008. Yates came to MSU after spending three years as assistant director of athletics compliance at TCU. His duties included monitoring the activity of coaches and staff for NCAA rules compliance, as well as the oversight of maintenance on the TCU athletics compliance web site. At Missouri State, Yates is responsible for the organization and overall administration of the MSU athletic department’s NCAA compliance program, including the certification of eligibility and coordination of financial aid for student-athletes. He is also charged with monitoring coaches’ activities relative to rules compliance, and administering educational measures for athletics staff members. A 2004 graduate of Texas A&M, Yates completed his MBA from TCU in 2007. 6-Missouri State Cross Country Blackwood Executive Director of Athletic and Entertainment Facilities 27th Year at Missouri State Springfield native Randy Blackwood is entering his 27th year at Missouri State and his sixth as executive director of athletic and entertainment facilities. Blackwood earned his bachelor’s degree in speech and theatre from Missouri State in 1980. He has been involved in public assembly venue management since 1981, serving as the Fine Arts Auditorium Manager at the University of Georgia for four years before returning to his alma mater in 1984. During his tenure at MSU, Blackwood has been involved in the administration of Hammons Student Center and Plaster Sports Complex, including the last nine years as director of the two facilities. On July 1, 2005, he was named executive director of the University’s three top public venues, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Hammons Student Center, and Plaster Sports Complex. In 2008, Blackwood added another on-campus facility to the list of venues he oversees with the opening of JQH Arena. Blackwood is a graduate of Leadership Springfield and a member of the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM). He is also a member of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. Blackwood resides in Springfield with his wife, Joyce OwenBlackwood. Penkalski Director of Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Services 21st Year at Missouri State Jim Penkalski enters his second full year as director of Missouri State Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Services and his 21st year overall at MSU. Penkalski took over as head of the MSU athletic training program in March 2009 following the retirement of Ivan Milton. Penkalski oversees a staff of six full-time certified athletic trainers, three intern athletic trainers and a host of student trainers. A Broadview Heights, Ohio, native, Penkalski also fills the role of primary athletic trainer for baseball and has worked with a number of MSU athletic programs throughout his tenure. Penkalski competed in football and wrestling at Brecksville High before completing his undergraduate degree in physical education from Kent State in 1987. He then moved on to Northern Michigan for his graduate studies, completing his master’s degree in 1989. Penkalski and his wife, Missy, have three children, Amanda, Katelyn and Russell. The Bears Fund The Bears Fund is the annual fund-raising program for Missouri State intercollegiate athletics that was established in 1981 in conjunction with the move of MSU athletics to NCAA Division I status. The fund’s name stands for “Building Excellence in Athletics through Recruiting and Scholarships,” and its impact on Missouri State Athletics has grown substantially throughout the 29 years of its existence. The 2009-10 drive netted over $2.75 million, marking the 22nd year in a row in which total contributions to The Bears Fund have gone beyond $1 million. The fund is administered by the Missouri State University Foundation with additional input from coaching and administrative staff members in intercollegiate athletics. Contributors of $50 or more during each year are recognized as members at various giving levels in The Bears Fund, and, as such, receive benefits within the athletic program, including game program recognition, online athletics newsletter, and parking and postseason ticket considerations. Bears Fund gifts may be earmarked for specific sports or general use and the money is used to enhance MSU athletics, particularly in the areas of scholarships and recruiting. Contributions may be cash, gifts in kind of goods or services, matching gifts from employers, bequests or life income trusts and honorary or memorial gifts. An additional fund-raising event that’s a popular latesummer social event for MSU fans is the Missouri State Auction Benefiting Athletics. Held in August for each of the past 23 years, the auction has generated additional income for athletic uses with an evening of food, fun and entertainment. Individuals and businesses donate goods or services for sale at the auction, and the income derived from that sale goes to intercollegiate athletics. Items available for purchase at the auction since it began in 1987 have included automobiles, a thoroughbred racehorse, country club memberships, advertising packages, travel opportunities including road trips with MSU athletic teams, furs, jewelry, sports memorabilia, and unique items such as the chance to join MSU coaches on the sidelines during varsity contests. Fifteen of the last sixteen auctions have netted more than $100,000 for MSU Athletics, and the 2009 auction raised more than $110,000. Missouri State Cross Country-7 Ben Adamson Assistant Director, Athletics Communications Ronald Boyce Tiffany Akre Terry Allen Randy Blackwood Keith Boaz Director, HSC/PSC Assistant Director, Athletics Communications Rob Brewer Dawn Callahan Wayne Chambers Mike Chandler Rob Christophel Associate A.D., Business Administration Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach, Women’s Soccer Casey Comoroski Sean Coughlin Associate A.D./SWA Paul Evans Assistant Coach, Baseball Holly Hesse Assistant Coach, Football Sue Frederick Associate Head Coach, Softball Bryan Hicks Head Coach, Softball Associate A.D., StudentAthlete Development Kevin Kane Rick Kindhart Head Coach, Women’s Golf Assistant A.D., Communcations Head Coach, Football Head Coach, Field Hockey Bethany Creed Director of Operations, Women’s Basketball Trevyor Fisher Director of Operations, Men’s Basketball Greg Hipp Head Coach, Cross Country Tyler Landgraf Assistant Athletic Trainer Executive Director, Athletics Facilities Assistant Coach, Football Gerald Davis Assistant Coach, Football Stewart Davis Assistant Coach, Football Director of Marketing and Promotions Josh Ganson Keith Guttin Assistant Coach, Women’s Soccer Brent Hobbs Assistant Coach, Track & Field Tim Bohn Assistant Coach, Football Shannon Derricks Assistant Athletic Trainer Jon Harris Head Coach, Baseball Assistant Coach, Men’s Basketball Jim Huelskamp Dr. Bruce Johnson Jeremiah Larsen Jon Leamy Assistant Coach, Swimming & Diving Assistant Coach, Volleyball Faculty Athletics Representative Head Coach, Men’s Soccer Rob Bolks Assistant Coach, Football David Collins Associate Head Coach, Swimming & Diving Eric Doennig Assistant Director, Athletics Communications Mitch Hauschildt Rehabilitation Specialist and Performance Enhancement Coordinator Jeni Jones Associate Head Coach, Volleyball Amy Luke Assistant Athletic Trainer 8-Missouri State Cross Country Dr. Brian Mahaffey Team Physician Bob Montgomery Assistant Coach, Football Terry Sauerbry Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Trish Marsh Associate Head Coach, Women’s Basketball Laree Moore Assistant Director, HSC/PSC Steve Sawchak Assistant Athletic Trainer Cuonzo Martin Head Coach, Men’s Basketball Jim Penkalski Padraic McMeel Assistant A.D., External Affairs Kyle Moats Director of Athletics Associate Head Coach, Softball Director of Athletics Relations and Fundraising Assistant Director, ACIA Dan Raines Courtney Sanders Michael Seabolt Dr. Richard Seagrave Gabby Gomez Sosa Neal Stafford Shannon Stanton Team Physician Sophie Pierpoint Nyla Milleson Head Coach, Women’s Basketball Director, Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Services Associate Head Coach, Men’s Soccer Beth Perine Robin Meeks Assistant Director, Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Services Assistant Coach, Field Hockey Head Coach, Men’s Golf Assistant Coach, Football Athletics Ticket Manager Boomer Mascot Cory Starr Equipment Manager Brent Thomas Jack Steck Assistant Coach Men’s & Women’s Soccer D.J. Vokolek Danny Weathermon Assistant Coach, Baseball Associate Head Coach, Football Camryn Whitaker Steve Woodberry Assistant Coach, Women’s Basketball David Stockton Head Coach Swimming & Diving Assistant Coach, Men’s Basketball Equipment Manager Melissa Stokes Carly Stubblefield Kent Williams Dr. Victor Wilson Head Coach, Volleyball Assistant Coach, Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach, Women’s Basketball Team Physician Kyle Yates Assistant A.D., Compliance Missouri State Cross Country-9 Achievement Center (ACIA) (FORA -- 836-6829) Bryan Hicks (Alabama A&M, ’92) Associate A.D. for Student-Athlete Development Dan Raines (Northwestern, ’98) Assistant Director Marcus Brown (Indiana, ’09) Graduate Assistant Brant Combs (Missouri St., ’09) Graduate Assistant Nikki Vandepopulier (Missouri St., ’09) Graduate Assistant Joan Newman Administrative Assistant Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Services (FORA -- 836-5461) Jim Penkalski (Kent St., ’87) Director Robin Meeks (Memphis, ’79) Assistant Director Shannon Derricks (West Virginia, ’93) Assistant Athletic Trainer Tyler Landgraf (Iowa St., ’00) Assistant Athletic Trainer Amy Luke (Missouri St., ’06) Assistant Athletic Trainer Steve Sawchak (Missouri St., ’90) Assistant Athletic Trainer Mitch Hauschildt (South Dakota, ’00) Rehabilitation/Performance Coordinator Alison Beckett (Missouri St., ’05) Intern Tim Brazeal (Missouri St., ’09) Intern Clay Holman (Oklahoma State ’10) Intern Becky Grant Administrative Assistant Athletics Communications (HAMC -- 836-5402) Rick Kindhart (Missouri St., ’91) Assistant A.D. for Communications Ben Adamson (Oklahoma St., ’05) Assistant Director Tim Bohn (Northern Illinois, ’06) Assistant Director-Web and New Media Eric Doennig (Missouri, ’00) Assistant Director Kevin Kane (UNI, ’84) Assistant Jake Gossage (Webster, ’09) Graduate Assistant Brian Lynch (Ohio, ’08) Graduate Assistant External Affairs (ALUM -- 836-4143) Padraic McMeel (Central Michigan, ’94) Assistant A.D. for External Affairs Stewart Davis (Missouri St., ’04) Director of Marketing & Promotions Mary-Bec Gwyn (Kentucky, ’01) NSM General Manager Art Hains (SMU, ’76) University Marketing Specialist Sophie Pierpoint (Missouri St., ’01) Director of Athletics Relations & Fundraising Megan Keane (Saint Mary’s [Ind.], ’08) Graduate Assistant Katie Streck (Wilmington College, ’08) Graduate Assistant Julie Wright Administrative Assistant Fax Numbers Director of Athletics Athletics-Forsythe Athletics-Hammons Athletics Communications 836-6344 836-8475 836-8382 836-4868 Missouri State Athletics 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65897 Intercollegiate Athletics Administration Name (alma mater, class) Position Building Kyle Moats (SIU Edwardsville, ’88) Brenda Espy Lois Goldade Tiffany Akre (Missouri St., ’97) Casey Comoroski (St. Bonaventure, ’94) Judy Slothower Bryan Hicks (Alabama A&M, ’92) Rick Kindhart (Missouri St., ’91) Padraic McMeel (Central Michigan, ’94) Kyle Yates (Texas A&M, ’04) Director of Athletics Executive Assistant to Athletics Director Administrative Assistant Associate Director of Athletics for Business Administration Associate Director of Athletics/SWA Administrative Assistant Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Development Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications Assistant Director of Athletics for External Affairs Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance Coaches and Support Staff Keith Guttin (Missouri-St. Louis, ’78) Brent Thomas (Missouri St., ’82) Paul Evans (Southern Illinois, ’81) Cuonzo Martin (Purdue, ’00) Jon Harris (Marquette, ’02) Steve Woodberry (Kansas, ’94) Kent Williams (Southern Illinois, ’03) Trevyor Fisher (Missouri St., ’05) Brenda Essary Nyla Milleson (Kansas St., ’85) Trish Marsh (Missouri S&T, ’92) Carly Stubblefield (Missouri St., ’02) Camryn Whitaker (W. Kentucky, ’05) Bethany Creed (Drury, ’06) Barbara Scott Dawn Callahan (Maine, ’97) Gabby Gomez Sosa (Missouri St., ’05) Terry Allen (UNI, ’79) D.J. 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PLAS - Plaster Sports Complex; ALUM - Alumni Center; FORA - Forsythe Athletics Center; HHPA - Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts 10-Missouri State Cross Country â€Š Missouri State 2010 Bears Contents Team Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 State-by-State Breakdown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 2010 Season Outlook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 Head Coach Greg Hipp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Director of Track/Field and Cross Country Ronald Boyce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Terry Phillips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19 Emily Beaver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Andrea Marshall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Ashton Stubbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Maggie Sutor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Mari-Jean Vance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Ariel Butzine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Nicole Thate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 2010 Newcomers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27 Missouri MissouriState StateCross CrossCountry-11 Country-11 2010 Cross Country Roster 2010 Missouri State Roster/2009 Individual Results Name Emily Argotsinger Year of Eligibility Fr. Emily Beaver So. Ariel Butzine Fr. Erin Edwards Fr. Megan Fox Fr. Lisa Imgrund Fr.. Andrea Marshall Jr. Leah Nichols Fr. Terry Phillips Jr. Monica Smith Fr. Ashton Stubbs So. Maggie Sutor So. Nicole Thate RFr. Mari-Jean Vance Sr. 5K Missouri State CC Classic 5K Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational 6K Chile Pepper CC Festival 5K MVC Championship -- -- 18:46.10 17th -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 17:36.00 5th -- -- 18:58.90 21st 19:42.30 39th -- -- 19:34.30 33rd -- -- 18:41.00 24th -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 19:30.00 69th -- -- 17:40.00 1st -- -- 18:43.00 26th 19:52.00 104th -- -- 19:15.00 50th -- -- 22:19.10 47th -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 23:35.10 138th -- -- 21:26.10 12th -- -- 22:54.10 79th 23:58.40 165th -- -- 23:22.60 116th -- -- 19:59.00 25th -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 20:06.00 30th -- -- 18:32.00 1st -- -- 19:50.00 22nd -- -- -- -- 20:34.00 43rd 6K NCAA Regional --22:58.20 81st -- ------ --23:09.00 89th -- -- 21:24.60 18th --- 23:24.90 108th ------ -- 12-Missouri State Cross Country Bears Across the Midwest Lake Villa Darien Mokena Platte City Shawnee Leeâ€™s Summitt Raymore Columbia Fenton Springfield Diamond Branson Missouri State Cross Country-13 2010 Season Outlook The 2010 Cross Country season will build off of a 2009 campaign that featured many newcomers. However, the squad returns seven members, while adding seven additional harriers to the team that finished fifth in the Missouri Valley Championship and twelfth at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Among the group of key returners is junior Terry Phillips. Last season, as a sophomore, Phillips won the 2009 State Farm MVC Championship for cross country and will look to defend that title in 2010. In doing so, Phillips became only the third Bear after Casey Owens (2002, 2004) and Pasca Cheruiyot (2008) to ever win a conference crown. Though Phillips has already had an impressive career, the best is yet to come. Phillips will look to improve upon personal bests she set last season. Her times of 21:24.60 in the 6K at the NCAA Midwest Regional and 17:36.00 in the 5K at the Missouri State Classic rank fourth and eighth, respectively, in MSU’s all-time list. Another key for the Bears in 2010 is sophomore Emily Beaver. In her first season with Missouri State, Beaver proved to be a very reliable athlete for head coach Greg Hipp. In just her third collegiate meet, Beaver broke into the alltime top 20 in the 6K with her time of 22:19.10 at the Chili Pepper Festival. Beaver is poised to rise to the top ranks of the MVC after a breakthrough track season. On the track Beaver took fifth at the MVC outdoor track and field championship in both the 5,00-meter and 10,000-meter races. Beaver was also one of three Bears distance runners to qualify for the USA Junior National Championships. Also returning to the Bears is sophomore Ashton Stubbs. Stubbs finished among the scoring group in each race for Missouri State. She was the second Bear across the finish line at the MVC Championship. Other returners are senior MJ Vance and junior Andrea Marshall. Vance and Marshall are two of three runners on this year’s squad with three or more years under Hipp. Both will assume leadership roles while mentoring the newcomers. Maggie Sutor, whose improvements during the track season should translate well to cross country, and Nicole Thate, who redshirted last season, looks to contribute heavily after an impressive freshman track season where she just missed qualifying for the USA Junior National Championship in the 1,500-meter run. “Our young team’s improvements from the fall to the spring have us excited about our potential.” Hipp said, “While we return virtually the same personnel, everyone can expect to see a team capable of competing on a different level this fall.” Marshall (left) and Vance (right) will provide experience to a very young cross country squad. In addition to the returners, Hipp has brought in seven new freshmen that each have a chance to contribute immediately. Among the incoming freshmen are signees Emily Argotsinger (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Erin Edwards (Kansas City, Mo.) and Lisa Imgrund (Shawnee, Kan.). Each one of these freshmen were considered some of the top track athletes in the Midwest. All of the girls have been named to their respective all-state teams and Argotsinger was even a high school all-American. While there is not a national ranking system for track and field recruiting, coach Hipp thinks that Missouri State’s class may be one of the best in the Missouri Valley Conference. Coach Hipp will look to regain the top spot among the Valley cross country teams in 2010. Missouri State’s fifthplace finish in 2009 is the first time in Hipp’s career that his team has placed outside of the top three and only the second time one of his teams have finished outside the top two. In 2008, the Bears finished second in the MVC Championship. With the talent on this season’s roster, Missouri State may be a force to be reckoned with. “I feel like we are in contention for a conference title,” Hipp said, “We are definitely capable of being in the top three. If this young group continues to develop quickly we may be a threat for the conference title.” The Bears will open up the season at the Southwest Baptist Invitational. Missouri State ran against SBU last season, but this year will be in an invitational setting, rather than a dual meet. The Bears will then head to Edwardsville, Ill. for the SIUE Invitational. Missouri State has never run at SIUE, but they look forward to the challenge of a new course. Following two road tests, coach Hipp and the Bears will face stiff competition at the Greater Springfield Sports 14-Missouri State Cross Country Commission Richard Clark Invitational. The Ramada Oasis Hotel Collegiate Women’s 5K will feature some of the best runners in the country. The nine visiting teams are headlined by Texas Tech, who finished last season as the number four team in the nation. Toledo finished second in the Mid-American Conference, and junior Ari Fisher was 43rd in the national meet last season. Defending MVC champion Wichita State will also be competing in the Richard Clark Invitational. Last season, the Bears finished 4th as a team and Phillips was fifth as an individual. The Richard Clark Invitational will also feature a collegiate men’s 8K sponsored by Ramada Oasis Hotel, a high school varsity boys’ 5K and girls’ 5K, junior varsity boys’ 5K and girls 5K, middle school boys and girls 3K, youth race and the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners community 5K. Missouri State will also host an alumni event for former athletes and family. After their home meet, the squad will travel to the University of Arkansas for the Chili Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. The Chili Pepper Festival is one of the premier races in the country. Last season, national powerhouses Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, BYU and host school Arkansas were among the competitors in the talented field. Phillips was the top finisher for Missouri State in last year’s competition, coming in at 9th overall. The Bears then travel to Wichita, Kan. for the State Farm 2010 MVC Championship. Phillips is the defending conference champion and looks to become only the second athlete in Missouri State history to become a two-time champion in cross country, the other being Casey Owens in 2002 and 2004. Wichita State is the host school and the defending team champion. Missouri State will head to Peoria, Ill. to take part in the NCAA Midwest Regional. The Bears hosted the event in 2009, and this season MVC foe Bradley will take its turn at hosting the meet. Bradley was also the site of last season’s MVC championship. While the stakes are high, the meeting ground is a very familiar territory for the Bears. While 2009 featured young talent, 2010 will display that same talent with an additional year of experience. The Bears have taken huge strides in fulfilling their potential and 2010 could be a return to dominance. Coach Hipp and the Bears will be among the conference elite, and could possibly be a dark horse in the Midwest Region in 2010. Missouri State Cross Country-15 Greg HIPP Head Coach, Cross Country Assistant Coach, Track and Field (Distance) Appalachian State (2002) Greg Hipp enters his seventh year as Missouri State’s cross country coach and the Bears’ distance coach for track and field. He starts his eighth year as a member of the Missouri State staff after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant for both cross country and track and field. Under Hipp’s guidance, MSU cross country won the 2004 Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championship. With runner-up finishes in 2005, 2006, and 2008, Hipp’s cross country teams have finished outside of the MVC’s top two teams only twice; once with a third-place finish in 2007 and a fifth-place finish in 2009. Hipp’s teams have also finished among the NCAA Midwest Region’s top 10 during four of his six seasons, and the 2008 season saw MSU finish as the top-ranked team in the state of Missouri. Hipp was named MVC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2004 after guiding Missouri State to their fourth-straight MVC cross country championship and a fifth-place regional finish. That team featured four All-MVC selections, including Casey Owens, who won her second individual MVC championship in three years. Owens also earned All-Region honors as she qualified for the NCAA Division I National Championship for the second-consecutive year. Missouri State can boast the most All-MVC cross country athletes and honors since Hipp’s arrival to the conference. Ten of Hipp’s athletes account for 15 All-MVC cross country honors, while three of his athletes have earned the title MVC Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Owens earned that honor in 2004, sophomore Pasca Cheruiyot did so in 2008 and Terry Phillips won this season. In addition to Owens, three more of Hipp’s runners have earned All-Region honors. Kristin Wolkey did so in 2005 while a pair of MSU harriers, Pasca Cheruiyot and Terry Phillips, were named to the All-Region team in 2008. Cheruiyot was third at the Midwest meet in 2008; the highest ever regional finish by an MSU runner. That finish qualified her for the NCAA Division I National Championship, becoming the first MSU sophomore to accomplish that feat. Phillips was also named to the All-Region team in 2009, becoming only the third MSU athlete to win the award twice. Only Owens has more All-Region honors. Hipp’s runners have continued to rewrite the MSU cross country records. MSU’s top five all-time cross country performers for 5K and four of the top five for 6K have all run for Hipp. As a senior in 2004, Owens set the MSU 5K (17:25.00) and 6K (20:46.00) records. Wolkey had her turn at the top of the 5K list in 2006 (17:23.00) before sophomore Cheruiyot claimed both the 5K and 6K records during the 2008 season with bests of 16:57.00 and 20:27.00, respectively. On the track, the Bears have remained a force in the MVC and the NCAA during Hipp’s five years as the program’s distance coach. Hipp’s runners have accumulated 43 All-MVC honors, 11 MVC individual titles, been MVC runnerups 14 times and have placed third 15 times. With three NCAA All-Region and one NCAA All-America track honors, Hipp’s runners have compiled 12 NCAA Regional and nine NCAA National Championship qualifying performances from the 800-meter up to the 10,000-meter. In 2005, Hipp guided Owens to one of the finest seasons in MSU history. On top of four league titles, Owens set two MVC all-time records (16:15.00 5,000m indoors, 33:32.00 10,000m outdoors), three MVC championship meet records and qualified for the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships where she was named to the All-America team. As the top collegiate finisher at the USA Championship, Owens placed ninth in the 10,000-meter (33:32.00), setting MVC and state of Missouri collegiate records. Owens was also named to Team USA for an international road race event in Chiba, Japan. Also notable under Hipp has been Missouri State’s success in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In 2008, Jamie Vest qualified for the NCAA national championship, placing 26th, while Phillips was the fourth-ranked Junior (19 & Under) steeplechaser in America. During Phillips 2009 sophomore season, she became an NCAA National Championship Qualifier herself, placing 20th nationally. The 2008 and 2009 seasons were banner years for Hipp’s middle distance runners, as Asher Kyger broke the outdoor 1,500-meter school record (4:26.20 - 2008) and the indoor Mile record (4:48.67 - 2009). Also in 2009, MSU’s distance medley relay team broke the MVC championship and all-time records running 11:24.02, the 18th fastest performance in the nation. The cross country teams have seen a great deal of success in the classroom under Hipp as well. Hipp’s cross country teams have received all-academic recognition by the USTFCCCA each season, including boasting the second highest GPA in the country in 2009. MSU distance runners have also earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic AllAmerica awards four times since 2004. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Hipp came to MSU after one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Appalachian State University. During that season his men and women swept the Southern Conference cross country titles, while five earned All-Conference honors. Hipp also serves on the cross country committees for both USATF and the USTFCCCA. Hipp has earned his USATF Level II certification. A 2002 graduate of Appalachian State, Hipp earned his master’s degree in education from Missouri State in 2004. 16-Missouri State Cross Country Ronald BOYCE Director, Track and Field and Cross Country Murray State (1989) Ronald Boyce enters his 15th year heading the Missouri State women’s track program. Boyce was named the fifth head coach in the program’s history in 1997 after spending one year as an assistant. Now, Boyce enters a new era, as Missouri State’s Director of Track and Field and Cross Country. Since joining the Missouri State staff in 1996, Boyce has built the women’s team into one of the most respected programs in the Midwest and the premier program in the Missouri Valley Conference, as evidenced by his selection to the MVC’s All-Centennial Team in 2007. Boyce’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams have claimed eight Missouri Valley Conference Championships and have been Valley runners-up six times since he took the helm. Directing a balanced program has long been a goal of Boyce’s. That goal was realized during the 2002-03 seasons, as Missouri State claimed its first MVC running Triple Crown. On top of Boyce’s eight league track and field titles the cross country program has added four of its own. Since the 1997-98 seasons, the Bears track and field and cross country program has won at least one league title during eight of those 12 years. Boyce has been the mastermind behind a Missouri State women’s program that has seen its fair share of individual success as well. MSU track and field athletes have accumulated 136 individual and relay event championships and have brought home 430 All-Conference medals since 1996. A nine-time MVC Coach of the Year (five indoors, three outdoors, one cross country), Boyce is regarded as one of the top developers of sprint and hurdle athletes in the country. Under his direction, the Missouri State women have dominated the Missouri Valley Conference. While setting every MSU women’s sprint and hurdles record during his tenure, Boyce’s athletes own nine MVC all-time records and 12 MVC championship records. His sprint and hurdle athletes have also racked up numerous honors, compiling 289 All-Missouri Valley Conference medals, 97 MVC individual titles, 48 MVC runner-up finishes times and 33 third-place finishes. Boyce earned MVC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year honors in 1996 by leading the squad to the conference title. In his only season as coach of the women’s cross country program, Boyce guided Missouri State to three meet titles and its first MVC cross country championship. Five Bears recorded career-best times and finished among the top 15 in the conference race. Camille Wise earned All-MVC honors with a sixth-place showing. Boyce has also helped the Missouri State program gain national recognition as the Bears routinely send athletes to the NCAA championships. Prior to Boyce’s arrival only three MSU track and field athletes had ever qualified for the NCAA Division I meet. Under Boyce’s direction Missouri State women’s track and field has compiled 40 NCAA regional qualifying performances on the track while MSU athletes have qualified for the NCAA national championships 38 times. Missouri State women’s track and field athletes have also earned NCAA All-America status 16 times, with 14 of those honors coming during Boyce’s tenure. In 1996, Melinda Sallins took fifth at the NCAA meet in the 400-meter hurdles to earn the first All-America honor during the Boyce era. Michelle Baptiste earned a spot on the All-America team in 1997 by taking seventh in the long jump. Boyce’s 4x400-meter relay squad of Juliet Pommells, Verneta Lesforis, Mashere Harrison and Augustina Charles ran 3:36.18 to earn All-America honors during the 1999 indoor season. During the 1999 outdoor season Pommells, Lesforis, Charles along with Trudi Garrett, bettered their mark to 3:33.09 to add four more AllAmerica awards to Boyce’s list. The 2004 outdoor season saw the Bears first All-American come from the distance side of the team. Casey Owens ran 34:53.00 that season to become an All-American in the 10,000-meter run, an honor she earned again in 2005. The 2005 season also saw the emergence of one of the greatest track and field athletes in school history, Tracy Partain. Partain earned All-America honors in the indoor pentathlon that season with a ninth-place finish at the national meet. Partain left her mark on the MSU record book in 2006, as she challenged for the NCAA title before finishing as the national runner-up in the outdoor heptathlon. Boyce has also coached six athletes to the Olympic Games including a pair of Missouri State athletes. Baptiste competed at the Olympics in 1996 and Lesforis in 2000. Numerous other MSU athletes have competed for their respective countries internationally through the years, including Owens and Partain, who competed for Team USA in 2005 and 2006, respectively. A native of Barbados, Boyce graduated from Murray State University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Before joining the Missouri State staff, Boyce held assistant coaching positions at both Murray State and Tennessee State, coaching four NCAA All-Americans and two 1992 Olympians as a men’s track assistant at Murray State from 1989 to 1991. Boyce helped the Racers to indoor and outdoor Ohio Valley Conference titles in 1990 and 1991. Missouri State Cross Country-17 Terry Phillips Junior Kansas City, Mo. St. Mary’s High ‘10 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American (Second Team) ‘10 MVC Scholar-Athlete ‘10 All-MVC (Indoor Track/Field) ‘10 MVC Indoor 3,000-meter Champion ‘09 MVC/State Farm Good Neighbor ‘09 NCAA National Qualifier (3,000-meter Steeplechase) ‘09 MVC Cross Country Champion ‘09 All-Midwest Region (Cross Country) ‘09 All-MVC (Cross Country) ‘09 All-MVC (Indoor Mile, 5,000m) ‘09 All-MVC (Outdoor 3,000m Steeplechase) ‘09 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team ‘09 MVC Scholar-Athlete ‘08 All-Midwest Region (Cross Country) ‘08 All-MVC (Cross Country) ‘08 All-MVC (Outdoor 3000m Steeplechase) School Record Holder (3,000m Steeplechase) Personal Bests at Missouri State: 800m (outdoor)......................................2:20.48 1,500m (outdoor)...................................4:31.84 3,000m steeplechase (outdoor).........10:19.45 Mile Run (indoor)...................................4:55.08 3,000m (indoor).....................................9:35.40 5,000m (indoor)................................... 17:19.00 5K (cross country)............................... 17:36.00 6K (cross country)...............................21:24.60 18-Missouri State Cross Country At Missouri State: Phillips returns to the cross country course, where she will continue to lead the Bears and further entrench herself among the nation’s elite.... 2010 Track: In Phillips’ 2009-10 indoor track season, she set numerous personal bests and even broke school records…her time of 9:35.40 in the 3,000m at the MVC indoor championship is third on the MSU all-time list in the event…due to an injury, Phillips did not compete in the outdoor season… 2009 CC: Phillips continued to excel for the Bears in her sophomore season....In the Missouri State Classic, Phillips finished fifth overall, with a time of 17:36.00, the best 5K time in the Valley for 2009 and tied for eighth all-time at Missouri State....Finished first overall at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational with a time of 17:40.00....Earned a 12th-place finish at the Chile Pepper Festival with a 21:26.09, fourth all-time at Missouri State....Won the individual title at the 2009 MVC Championship with a time of 18:32.00....Competed in NCAA Midwest Regional, finishing 18th and earning All-Region honors....She was a two-time Runner of the Week in the MVC.... 2009 Track: Phillips’ 2009 track campaign began with a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run at the Missouri Invitational....Ran impressively at the MVC Indoor Championships with a third-place finish in the mile (4:55.08), a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter (10:01.45) and a third-place finish in the 5,000-meter run (17:19.00)....Ran 10:27.19 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Sun Angel Classic, placing second....placed second in the distance relay at the Kansas Relays with a time of 12:04.10....Set a new Missouri State record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:19.45, but still placed second....Competed in the MVC Outdoor Championships and ran a 10:29.19 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase....In the NCAA Mideast Regionals, ran a 10:35.57 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase....Qualified for the NCAA National Championship, where she ran 10:29.16 in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase.... 2008 CC: Phillips debuted at the Missouri State Classic with a third-place finish, just behind teammates Pasca Cheruiyot and Jamie Vest....Earned All-Midwest Region honors for her 21st-place finish while setting a personal-best time of 21:33.25 at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship....Ran a personal-best time of 18:00.04 in the 5K MVC Cross Country Championship....Received All-Conference accolades for her seventh-place finish in the MVC Championship race.... 2008 Track: Phillips began her track career with a secondplace finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Missouri Relays....Ran to a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter run and a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run at the Big Bear Invitational....Placed fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Kansas Relays....Was a member of the eighth-place 4x1,600-meter relay team at the Drake Relays....Set a personal best in the 1,500-meter run at the Arkansas Twilight while finishing 10th....Received All-MVC honors for her second-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the MVC Outdoor Championships....Finished ninth in the 1,500-meter run at the MVC Outdoor Championships....Placed 11th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Mideast Region Championships.... 2007 CC: Phillips competed in one race during her freshman season, finishing third overall at the 4K Washington University Early Bird meet...She missed the remainder of the season with an injury and received a medical redshirt.... Background: Phillips won four state titles for Coach Tom Bates at St. Mary’s High in Independence, Mo....Phillips won the 3,200 and 1,600 meter titles at the Class 2 state competition and was runner-up in the 800-meter run as a senior....The owner of 13 all-state honors for her high school career, she was also runner-up in the 1,600 meters (5:07.00) in 2006.... The Kansas City Examiner’s Female Track Athlete of the Year, Phillips also graduated as class valedictorian.... Personal: Terry Jane Phillips was born April 20, 1989, in Kansas City, Mo....Daughter of Terry and Martha Phillips....Has two sisters, Aimee and Lindsay. Missouri State Cross Country-19 Emily Beaver Sophomore Diamond, Mo. College Heights Christian Personal Best at Missouri State: 5K (cross country)...............................18:41.00 6K (cross country)...............................22:19.10 3,000m (indoor)...................................10:23.98 Mile (indoor)...........................................5:04.12 5,000m (indoor)...................................18:35.43 1,500m (outdoor)...................................5:03.04 3,000m (outdoor)................................. 10:27.14 5,000m (outdoor)................................. 17:12.51 10,000m (outdoor)...............................36:12.12 At Missouri State: Beaver returns for her second season on the course as one of the better runners at Missouri State. She will build upon an impressive freshman campaign....2010 Track: Beaver ran in three different events during the indoor track season…on Jan. 29 at the Indiana Relays, Beaver had her season-best 10:23.98 in the 3,000m…she set a new personal best 5:04.12 in the indoor mile on Feb. 13 at the Iowa State Classic…at the MVC indoor championships, Beaver ran a 18:35.43 in the 5,000m, a personal best…after an impressive indoor season, Beaver continued to succeed with times of 5:03.04 in the 1,500m and 10:27.14 in the 3,000m at the Razorback Spring Invitational on March 27…she capped off a phenomenal rookie campaign with the best meet of her young career at the MVC outdoor championship; placing 5th in both the 5,000m and the 10,000m. Beaver joined the all-time top-five in the 5,000m (17:12.51) and the 10,000m (36:12.12)… 2009 CC: Beaver competed in the Missouri State Classic, finishing 17th with a time of 18:46.10....In the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, Beaver turned in a time of 18:41.00, finishing 24th....Beaver’s 22:19.10 at the Chile Pepper Festival in the 6K race is the 20th-best time in MSU history....Finished 25th at the MVC Championship, finishing at 19:59.00.... Competed at the Midwest Regional, placing 81st with a time of 22:58.20....Background: Beaver won three-straight Missouri Class 1A state cross country championships....She is one of only three high school runners in state history to win three state cross country titles....Only Jamie Vest (MSU ‘08) has won more state cross country titles than Beaver.... In track competition at the 2A level, she had top state championship finishes of fourth in the 1,600-meters (2008), seventh in the 800-meters (2008), sixth in the 3,200-meters (2007), second in the 4x800-meters relay (2006) and third in the 4x400-meters relay (2008)....Beaver will compete in both track and field and cross country for Missouri State.... Personal: Emily Dawn Beaver was born July 14, 1991 in Diamond, Mo....Daughter of Doug and Nina Beaver...has three siblings; brothers Ethan and Ryan, and sister Savannah....Beaver plans to pursue a career in teaching. 20-Missouri State Cross Country Andrea Marshall Junior Fenton, Mo. Rockwood Summit At Missouri State: Andrea Marshall returns to the Bears for her junior season, providing depth and experience to cross country squad. Marshall will be one of only three Bears with three or more years of experience....2010 Track: Marshall ran one event in the indoor season, the 5,000m run at the EIU Mega Meet, where she finished with a time of 18:59.27…during the outdoor campaign, Marshall was a strong runner for coach Hipp’s distance group…ran the 10,000m at the Kansas Relays on April 15, coming in at 39:19.10… Finished the year strong with a new personal best 18:24.20 in the 5,000m at the MVC Championships…2009 CC: Opened her sophomore campaign at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, finishing at 19:30.00....At the Chile Pepper Festival, ran the 6K at a 23:35.14 mark....Ran in the MVC Championship, coming in with a time of 20:06.00, good for 30th in the conference....In the NCAA Midwest Regional, crossed the line at 23:09.00, finishing 89th overall....2009 Track: Ran in eight meets in her freshman year....Set her best time in the 3,000-meter run at the MVC Indoor Championships (10:37.81)....Set her 5,000-meter indoor best at the ISU Classic (18:36.92)....Outdoors, she competed in the Williams-Laptad Invitational, where she turned in her best time in the 1,500-meter run (5:04.77)....Represented MSU in the 5,000-meters at the MVC Championship, setting an outdoor best of 18:42.75....2008 CC: Marshall raced in five meets for the Bears, finishing 15th at the Missouri State Classic.... Set a personal-best at the MVC Cross Country Championship in the 5K, at 19:06.89, finishing 31st, just behind teammate Staci Nelson....Helped the team take home a title at the Missouri State Classic, and place second at the MVC Championship....Background: Marshall was an All-State runner in 2007 for cross country at Rockwood Summit with a seventh-place finish....A member of the second-place team and third-place team at state for cross country during junior and senior seasons, respectively....Awarded the 110% award all four years of high school....Won the Board of Education award during junior and senior seasons....Personal: Andrea Christine Marshall was born March 16, 1990, in St. Louis, Mo....Daughter of Tim and Jan Marshall....Has two sisters, Lauren and Kelly....Majoring in dietetics. Personal Bests at Missouri State 1,500m (outdoor)...................................5:04.77 Mile run (indoor)....................................5:15.58 3,000m (indoor)................................... 10:37.81 5,000m (indoor)...................................18:36.92 5,000m (outdoor).................................18:24.20 10,000m (outdoor)...............................39:19.10 5K (Cross Country)...............................19:06.89 6K (Cross Country)...............................23:06.79 Missouri State Cross Country-21 Ashton Stubbs Sophomore Platte City, Mo. Platte County High At Missouri State: Stubbs will continue to contribute to the team score this season. She is one of the key returners for coach Hipp’s Bears this season...2010 Track: Stubbs competed in two events in the indoor season, before receiving a medical redshirt…She ran the 1,000m in 3:08.74 and the mile in 5:18.85, both at the Missouri Invitational…Stubbs sat out the outdoor season…2009 CC: Stubbs was a factor in every race she competed in....Finished the Missouri State Classic in 18:58.90, earning a 21st place finish....Had a season-best time of 18:43.00 in the 5K at the Sean Earl Invitational....In the Chile Pepper Festival, finished with a time of 22:54.10 in the 6K race....Was the second Bear across the finish line in the MVC Championship with a time 19:50.00....Background: Stubbs finished as the 2009 Class 3A state runner-up as a senior in the 1,600m and placed fifth in the 800m....In cross country, finished sixth at the Missouri state 3A championship as a senior and finished 10th as a sophomore....As a junior at the state 3A track and field championship, she took sixth in the 1,600-meter and was 11th in the 800-meters....As a sophomore in 2007, she placed fourth in the 1,600-meters and sixth in the 800-meters at the state championship....Stubbs will compete in both track and field and cross country for Missouri State....Personal: Ashton Elizabeth Stubbs was born on August 26, 1990 in Kansas City, Mo....Daughter of Will and Connie Stubbs....Has one sister, Whitney....Plans to major in physical therapy. Personal Bests at Missouri State 5K (Cross Country)...............................18:43.00 6K (Cross Country................................22:54.10 1,000m (indoor).....................................3:08.74 Mile (indoor) . ........................................5:18.85 22-Missouri State Cross Country Maggie Sutor Sophomore Mokena, Ill. Lincoln-Way East At Missouri State: Sutor will battle with several newcomers for a chance to crack the top five...2010 Track: Sutor ran well for the Bears in the indoor track season…In her first collegiate track meet, Sutor ran the mile in 5:26.89 at the Missouri Invitational… on Jan. 29, at the Indiana Relays, she competed in the 600m run and set a personal best 1:37.68…at the Iowa State Classic, Sutor ran a 2:14.85 in the 800m run…did not compete in the outdoor season… 2009 CC: Competed in three events for the cross country Bears....Began the season at the Missouri State Classic, finishing in 19:42.30....Ran the 5K Sean Earl Invitational in 19:52.00....Turned in a time of 23:58.00 in the 6K distance at the Chile Pepper Festival....Background: One of Illinois’ top 800-meter prospects, she qualified for the state championship four straight years....Sutor finished fourth in 2006 at the Illinois Class AA state meet and placing in the top-11 in 2007 and 2008 for Coach Wendy Hegarty’s Lincoln-Way East High team.... Her best of 2:14.72 is one of the fastest prep times ever for a Missouri State signee....Sutor was also an accomplished cross country runner, with a three-mile best of 17:33.00....Personal: Maggie Valerie Sutor was born on January 21, 1991 in Oak Lawn, Ill....Daughter of Ken and Kathy....Has two brothers, Matt and Michael....Plans to major in physical therapy. Personal Bests at Missouri State 5K (Cross Country)...............................19:42.30 6K (Cross Country)...............................23:58.40 Mile (indoor) . ........................................5:26.89 600m (indoor) . ...................................... 1:37.68 800m (indoor) . ......................................2:14.85 Missouri State Cross Country-23 Mari-Jean Vance Senior Columbia, Mo. Columbia High Personal Bests at Missouri State 3,000m (indoor)...................................10:32.94 3,000m (outdoor)................................. 11:47.92 5,000m (indoor) ..................................18:20.54 5,000m (outdoor).................................18:28.00 10,000m (outdoor)...............................38:52.23 5K (cross country)...............................19:15.00 6K (cross country) ..............................23:22.60 At Missouri State: Mari-Jean Vance is the lone senior on this season’s squad. Her leadership and experience will be invaluable to a very young Bears squad....2010 Track: Vance ran well for the distance group in 2010…in the indoor season, she set new personal bests in the 3,000m and the 5,000m during the MVC Championship. Her times of 10:32.94 in the 3,000m and 18:20.54 in the 5,000m finished 17th and 15th in the conference, respectively…during her outdoor campaign, Vance continued her success…on April 2, she ran a personal best 18:28.00 in the 5,000m at the Joey Haines Invitational in Cape Girardeau, Mo… Vance finished her outdoor season at the MVC Outdoor Championships. In the meet, Vance ran the 10,000m in 38:52.23, a new personal best in the event…2009 CC: Competed in the Missouri State Classic, turning in a time of 19:34.00....Finished the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational with a time of 19:15.00, over a minute better than her previous personal best....Ran the 6K at the Chile Pepper Festival in 23:22.64, a personal best....At the MVC Championship, strode across the line in 20:34.00....2009 Track: Vance had a very strong 2009 campaign, setting personal bests in four events: 3,000-meter indoor (10:54.83, Iowa State Classic), 5,000-meter indoor (19:20.63, Mule Relays), 5,000-meter outdoor (18:45.46, Joey Haines Invitational), and the 10,000-meter outdoor (39:14.28, Kansas Relays)....2008 CC: Vance competed in four events, including both the Missouri State Classic and MVC Conference Championship....Set a personal best in the 5K distance at the Missouri State Classic and finished 26th.... Ran a personal-best time of 23:49.47 in the 6K Chile Pepper Festival....2008 Track: Vance started her outdoor track season by competing in the 5,000-meter open at the Missouri Relays.... Placed ninth in the 3,000-meter run at the Big Bear Invitational....Finished 16th in the 10,000-meter run at the Kansas Relays....2007 CC: Competed in five races as a freshman including the MVC Championships....Vance finished the fall season with a personal-best 5K of 20:51.00....Background: Vance joined the Missouri State program after lettering all four years at Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo., where she specialized in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs....Personal: Mari-Jean Louise Vance was born July 3, 1988 in Columbia, Mo....Daughter of Steven and Brenda Vance....Has one brother, Phillip, and one sister, Kristene Walk. 24-Missouri State Cross Country Ariel Butzine Freshman Lake Villa, Ill. Lakes High At Missouri State: Ariel Butzine will compete in cross country for the first time, after a solid freshman year on the track....2010 Track: Did not compete in the indoor season…Butzine ran in the 800m events for the Bears in the outdoor season…set a season and personal best 2:12.58 in the prelims of the 800m at the MVC championships…Background: Butzine was a four-year letter-winner in both track and cross country at Lakes High School....She holds her conference’s and high school’s record in the 800-meter....Was the first athlete from her high school to make the state meet after qualifying in the 800-meter....Holds the school’s record in the 1,600-meter....A four-time all-conference and all-sectional performer....Was a Lake County conference and sectional champion her junior and senior seasons....Was a state runner-up in the 800-meter her senior season....Her 4x400-meter team won the conference and sectional meets her junior year....Personal: Ariel Marie Butzine was born April 5, 1991, in Waukegan, Ill.... Daughter of James and Melinda Butzine....Butzine plans to major in exercise science. Personal Bests at Missouri State: 800m . ....................................................2:12.58 Nicole Thate Redshirt Freshman Darien, Ill. Downers Grove South High At Missouri State: Thate will enter her first year of competition in cross country after redshirting in 2009...2010 Track: Thate did not compete in the indoor season… opened the outdoor season with an appearance in the 3,000m at the Razorback Spring Invitational, where she turned in a time of 10:52.99…at the MVC Championships, turned in her best times of the season…2:15.47 in the 800m and 4:40.20 in the 1,500m are both personal bests…2009 CC: Thate redshirted as a first-year freshman.... Background: Four-time Illinois AA (Large Class) state championship qualifier in track and field....Thate earned all-state honors in 2006 (4x400m) and competed at the state level in the 1,600-meters in 2006 and 2007, 4x800m in 2007 and 2009 and in the 800-meters (2:18.22) in 2008....She was a 13-time West Suburban Gold Conference individual champion on the track....Thate was a four-time All-Conference performer in cross country and took the conference title in 2005....Personal: Nicole Karin Thate was born November 4, 1990 in Oak Lawn, Ill....Daughter of Steve and Lynn Thate....Has two sisters, Jacquelyn and Amanda, as well as one brother, Erik.... Wants to pursue a career in physical therapy. Personal Bests at Missouri State: 800m (outdoor)......................................2:15.47 1,500m (outdoor)...................................4:40.20 3,000m (outdoor).................................10:52.99 Missouri State Cross Country-25 2010 Newcomers Emily Argotsinger Lee’s Summit, Mo. Lee’s Summit West High School Background: Argotsinger comes to Missouri State from Lee’s Summit West High School, Missouri 4A champions for the past three years (2007-09). In addition to being a force in cross country, Argotsinger is very talented on the track as well. In 2007, Argotsinger was a member of the state champion 4x800m relay team. In 2008, she followed up that performance with a second-place finish in the 4x800m relay and qualified for the 800-meter run at the state championship meet. In her senior season, Argotsinger capped off an impressive career with an All-American selection the 4x1 mile relay, an all-state nod in the 4x800-meter relay and qualified for state in the 800-meter run. Erin Edwards Kansas City, Mo. Raytown South High School Background: Edwards was a three-time Missouri all-state selection for cross country at Raytown South High School. She earned all-conference accolades in each of her four years of competition. Edwards will also compete on the track, as she was the Kansas City Mid 6 conference champion in the 3,200-meter run in 2007 and 2009. She was a top ten finisher in the state competition in the 3,200-meter run in 2008 (10th) and 2009 (9th). Edwards graduated from Raytown South number one in her class. Lisa Imgrund Shawnee, Kan. Shawnee Mission Northwest High School Background: A three-time all-state cross country and four-time all state track and field selection in the Kansas 6A class, Imgrund will join the Lady Bears after a successful high school career at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. In cross country, Imgrund boasts state meet finishes of sixth in 2009, fourth in 2008 and third in 2007. On the track at the state level Imgrund placed third in the 3,200-meters (10:59) and fourth in the 1,600-meters (5:09) in 2010. In 2009, she was runner-up in the 3200-meter run and fifth in the 1,600-meter. Her resume also includes a fifth-place 3,200-meter finish and third-place 1,600-meter finish in 2008 and a second-place finish in the 3,200-meters in 2007. Imgrund set her personal best 10:54 for the 3,200-meter run at the 2010 Seaman Relays. During the Kansas Relays, she ran a personal-best 7:33 in the 2,000-meter steeplechase on her way to a runner-up finish. A three time first team all-KC Metro selection, Imgrund has also seen success at the national level, winning the 2008 Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championship. 26-Missouri State Cross Country 2010 Newcomers Megan Fox Raymore, Mo. Raymore-Peculiar High School Background: Megan Fox will compete at Missouri State after a successful prep career at Raymore-Peculiar High. In cross country, Fox had a personal-best time of 20:00.74 in the 5K. On the track, she turned in times of 5:32.77 in the 1,600-meter run and 12:16.42 in the 3,200-meter run. Leah Nichols Orlando, Fl. Timber Creek High School Background: Leah Nichols will run for the Bears after an impressive high school career at Timber Creek High in Orlando, Fla. During her career, Nichols has set personal bests of 19:55.06 in the cross country 5K and 11:55.04 in the 3,200-meter run on the track. She will provide much needed depth to the cross country and track squads. Monica Smith Branson, Mo. Branson High School Southwest Baptist University Background: Monica Smith will transfer from Southwest Baptist University to run for coach Hipp and the Bears this fall. Smith only competed in the outdoor season for SBU and will retain freshman eligibility for cross country and indoor cross country. At SBU, Smith ran a personal-best 19:23.15 is the 5,000-meter run. Prior to SBU, Smith attended Branson High School. Missouri State Cross Country-27 2009 Cross Country Review The 2009 Missouri State Cross Country team competed strongly with a roster full of newcomers and low on seniors. The Bears competed in six competitions all season, finishing outside of the top 10 only once. Missouri State was lead by sophomore sensation Terry Phillips, who was the top finisher for the Bears in every race. The Missouri State roster faced a stiff overhaul this season, with departures of top runners Jamie Vest and Pasca Cheruiyot. The new roster comprised of five returners and five freshmen. The lone senior on the squad was Staci Nelson (Chatham, Ill.). Juniors Stephanie Harres (Columbia, Ill.) and Mari-Jean Vance (Columbia, Mo.) rounded out the group of upperclassmen. The newcomers brought in by head coach Greg Hipp faced the difficulties associated with contributing right away. Emily Beaver (Diamond, Mo.), Abby Schlater (Council Bluffs, Iowa), Ashton Stubbs (Platte City, Mo.) and Maggie Sutor (Mokena, Ill.) stepped up to the task. Beaver, Schlater and Stubbs were routinely in the top five for the Bears all season. The Bears opened the season on Sept. 4, with a dual against Southwest Baptist in the four mile distance. Though team scoring was not kept, the Missouri State runners finished 1-9. The last Bear across the line finished a full six seconds before the first SBU athlete. Following the opening dual, the Bears hosted the Missouri State Classic on Sept. 19. The Classic featured some of the top talent in the Midwest with teams such as Kansas State and Tulsa competing at the Missouri State Cross Country Facility. In the event, the forecasted rain held out just long enough for the Bears to tally a fourth-place finish in the field of eight. Leading the way for Missouri State was Phillips, whose time of 17:36.0 was good enough for fifth place out of 79 runners. Beaver, in her first collegiate meet, ran a strong 18:46 and finished 17th overall. Missouri State then took to the road, travelling to Chicago, Ill. to compete in the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational on Oct. 3. In this meet, Phillips captured the first meet title in her collegiate career. Phillips’ time of 17:40 was eight seconds ahead of conference rival Tonya Nero of Wichita State, who finished second. Missouri State earned a second place finish behind Wichita State in the meet. Also scoring for the Bears was Beaver (18:41, 24th overall), Nelson (18:42, 25th overall), Stubbs (18:43, 26th overall) and Schlater (18:54, 31st overall). T h e Bears wrapped up their regular season in Fayetteville, Ark. on Oct. 17 at the Chile Pepper Festival. This contest was the first in the 6K distance for the Bears all season. Conditions for the meet were very muddy, but the Bears persevered and earned an eighth-place finish among the field of 34. Again leading the way was Phillips, who turned in a time of 21:26.09. Phillips finished 12th overall and ninth among scored runners. The Bears continued to compete against top competition, as schools such as Texas Tech, BYU, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and University of Missouri all participated in the festival. The road trip ended with an appearance at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship in Peoria, Ill. Conditions for the meet were brutal, as standing water could be seen at numerous points along the course. Despite the rough terrain, Phillips again paced the field, winning the first conference championship of her career with a time of 18:32. Phillips became the third athlete to ever win a cross country championship, and coach Hipp’s second consecutive individual title. Though Phillips finished first, Missouri State was fifth in the field of 10, a mere 15 points out of second place. Though the Bears finished fifth in the conference meet, their season was not over, as Missouri State played host to the 2009 NCAA Midwest Regional for Cross Country. Thirty-three of the top teams in the Midwest traveled to Springfield to partake in the event. The weather for this event led to ideal conditions for the meet. The day began at noon with a 10K men’s race, followed by the women running their own 6K race. In this event, the top two team finishes and the top four runners not affiliated with a top two team advance to the national contest. The Bears finished 12th as a team, and Phillips led the way for the Bears with an 18th-place finish. The regional marked the first time a race with a 6K distance has ever been run at Springfield Underground. Missouri State may not have made the national meet, but the program continued to earn high honors. Sophomore Terry Phillips won numerous accolades for her efforts. Among these honors were MVC Runner of the Week, MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week, Firstteam all-MVC and All-Midwest region team. Additionally, Phillips finished the season with the best time in the 5K among all women in the MVC. Phillips and Beaver also made the all-time top twenty for Missouri State. Phillips’ time of 17:36 in the Missouri State Classic is tied for eighth on the all-time list for 5K. Phillips time of 21:24.6 at the Midwest regional puts her fourth all-time in the 6K and Beaver’s time of 22:19 at the Chile Pepper Festival is 20th. 28-Missouri State Cross Country 2009 Cross Country Results Missouri State Cross Country Classic September 19, 2009, Springfield, Mo. (5K) Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 School Kansas State Tulsa Bradley Missouri State Saint Louis UMKC Central Arkansas Lincoln Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 17 18 21 23 Name, School Beverly Ramos, Kansas State Melanie Cleland, Tulsa Martina Tresch, Kansas State Sydney Messick, Kansas State Terry Phillips, Missouri State Nicole Benson, Bradley Jaclyn Rollins, Tulsa Boglarka Bozzay, Kansas State Katie Nowak, Bradley Mary Goldkamp, Bradley Emily Beaver, Missouri State Staci Nelson, Missouri State Ashton Stubbs, Missouri State Abby Schlater, Missouri State Pts. 27 52 62 84 135 169 219 227 Time 17:15.90 17:25.40 17:28.10 17:32.30 17:36.00 17:43.00 17:59.20 18:05.40 18:12.00 18:16.70 18:46.10 18:49.40 18:58.90 19:16.50 Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational October 3, 2009, Chicago, Ill. (5K) Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 School Wichita State Missouri State McMaster College Western Ontario Northwestern Windsor Western Michigan Loyola (Ill.) Drake Toledo Aquinas Saginaw Valley Iowa Central CC Wisconsin-Milwaukee Indianapolis St. Xavier Augustana (Ill.) Carroll Missouri S&T Dick Pond Saucony Racing St. Ambrose Iowa Western CC Xavier (Ohio) St. Francis (Ill.) Dana College Trinity Christian Pasco-Hernando CC Marian (Ind.) Concordia (Ill.) Cardinal Stritch Mott CC North Park DuPage Joliet Junior College Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 24 25 26 31 Name, School Terry Phillips, Missouri State Tonya Nero, Wichita State Leah Thompson, Wichita State Dayna Pidhoresky, Windsor Megan Oâ€™Grady, Carroll Casey McDermott, Drake Meagan Hudson, Missouri Baptist Irene Kosgei, Wichita State Jessica Pearo, McMaster Jillian Wyman, McMaster Emily Beaver, Missouri State Staci Nelson, Missouri State Ashton Stubbs, Missouri State Abby Schlater, Missouri State Pts. 67 103 110 170 175 179 199 205 228 293 322 329 363 387 414 416 456 464 550 610 731 734 736 741 748 759 789 821 888 975 989 994 1030 1071 Time 17:40.00 17:48.00 17:49.00 17:55.00 17:57.00 18:07.00 18:08.00 18:12.00 18:15.00 18:20.00 18:41.00 18:42.00 18:43.00 18:54.00 MVC Championship Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival October 31, 2009, Springfield, Mo. (5K) October 17, 2009, Fayetteville, Ark. (6K) Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 School Texas Tech BYU Arkansas Missouri Southern Methodist Oklahoma State Loyola Marymount Missouri State Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Baylor Oklahoma TCU Utah McNeese State Mississippi State Texas-Arlington North Dakota South Dakota UMKC Tulane Wyoming Rend Lake College Lipscomb UALR Arkansas State Arkansas Tech LSU Arkansas-Pine Bluff Hendrix Trinity Central Arkansas Southern Nazarene Southwestern Oklahoma State Southwestern University Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 47 79 86 107 Name, School Lillian Badaru, Texas Tech Cecely Lew, BYU Tara Erdmann, UNATTACHED Purity Biwott, Texas Tech Liliani Mendez, UNATTACHED Caroline Karunde, Texas Tech Silje Fjortoft, Southern Methodist Gladys Kipsang, Texas Tech Miranda Walker, Arkansas Dana Mecke, UTSA Terry Phillips, Missouri State Emily Beaver, Missouri State Ashton Stubbs, Missouri State Staci Nelson, Missouri State Abby Schlater, Missouri State Pts. 35 77 87 165 179 185 196 286 312 361 384 388 390 417 444 449 522 538 550 554 555 565 630 632 641 648 665 803 810 816 826 876 891 984 Time 20:31.52 20:32.56 20:35.84 20:52.89 20:57.92 20:59.95 21:07.30 21:12.32 21:13.10 21:15.19 21:26.09 22:19.07 22:54.05 23:00.53 23:17.42 *Individual places above the top-10 are individual place, not necessarily the team score place. Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Place 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 22 23 25 30 School Wichita State Illinois State Bradley Indiana State Missouri State Southern Illinois UNI Drake Creighton Evansville Pts. 43 86 93 196 101 131 166 187 247 303 Name, School Terry Phillips, Missouri State Nicole Benson, Bradley Tonya Nero, Wichita State Irene Kosgei, Wichita State Mary Goldkamp, Bradley Leah Thompson, Wichita State Allison Malone, Indiana State Sarah Glowacki, Illinois State Casey McDermott, Drake Kirsten Lang, Illinois State Ashton Stubbs, Missouri State Staci Nelson, Missouri State Emily Beaver, Missouri State Andrea Marshall, Missouri State Time 18:32.00 18:40.00 18:45.00 18:54.00 18:57.00 18:57.00 19:10.00 19:13.00 19:14.00 19:14.00 19:50.00 19:53.00 19:59.00 20:06.00 NCAA Midwest Regional November 14, 2009, Stillwater, Okla. (6K) Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 18 76 81 89 108 School Pts. Minnesota 60 Illinois 86 Iowa State 106 Nebraska 147 Iowa 160 Wichita State 200 Missouri 202 Tulsa 220 Kansas State 222 Kansas 247 Bradley 325 Missouri State 330 Illinois State 332 Northwestern 389 Oral Roberts 407 Drake 433 DePaul 437 South Dakota State 439 Loyola (Ill.) 473 Creighton 583 Saint Louis 593 Illinois-Chicago 639 Name, School Time Angela Bizzarri, Illinois 20:07.50 Megan Duwell, Minnesota 20:14.50 Lisa Koll, Iowa State 20:19.20 Kristin Sutherland, Illinois 20:44.10 Lauren Bonds, Kansas 20:49.10 Beverly Ramos, Kansas State 20:55.90 Mihaela Susa, Oklahoma State 20:59.60 Kaitie Vanatta, Missouri 21:01.80 Amy Laskowske, Minnesota 21:04.50 Aliphine Tuliamuk, Iowa State 21:04.60 Terry Phillips, Missouri State 21:24.60 Staci Nelson, Missouri State 22:47.50 Emily Beaver, Missouri State 22:58.20 Andrea Marshall, Missouri State 23:09.00 Ashton Stubbs, Missouri State 23:34.90 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship Qualifiers Year 2003 2004 2008 Name Casey Owens Casey Owens Pasca Cheruiyot Time 21:17.00 21:34.00 20:56.70 Place 101st 64th 66th Missouri State Cross Country-29 Missouri State Cross Country Honors 2003 2004 2008 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2008 2009 NCAA Qualifiers Casey Owens Casey Owens Pasca Cheruiyot NCAA All-Region Laura Schafluetzel Casey Owens Erin Sutton Casey Owens Erin Sutton Casey Owens Kristin Wolkey Pasca Cheruiyot Terry Phillips Terry Phillips MVC Individual Champions 2002 2004 2008 2009 Casey Owens Casey Owens Pasca Cheruiyot Terry Phillips 1982 1983 1985 1986 1987 1989 1990 1992 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 MVC All-Conference Anne Baitsholts Lisa Einheuser Christine Ehlers Geraldine Acheson Diane Barlow Karen Beasecker Anna Boecker Karen Beasecker Anna Boecker Eva Gerhardt Brenda Hayes Camille Wise Misty McCrackin Carrie Sell Camille Wise Camille Wise Andrienne Battle Dana Holland Rebecca Kuklenski Casey Owens Laura Schafluetzel MVC Team Champions (Coach) 1996 2001 2002 2003 2004 Ronald Boyce Houston Franks Houston Franks Houston Franks Greg Hipp AIAW State Champions (Coach) 1971 1972 1975 1976 1981 Mildred Evans Mildred Evans George Simpson Rhonda Ridinger Jeff Berryessa 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Rebekah Daro Rebecca Kuklenski Casey Owens Erin Sutton Kate Chettle Casey Owens Ashley Sanders Laura Schafluetzel Erin Sutton Casey Dewitt Casey Owens Ashley Sanders Erin Sutton Ashley Sanders Carrie Vestal Kristin Wolkey Kristin Wolkey Asher Kyger Jamie Vest Carrie Vestal Pasca Cheruiyot Terry Phillips Jamie Vest Terry Phillips MVC Scholar-Athletes 1992 1993 1996 1997 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Anna Boecker Jamie Douglas Eva Gerhardt Brenda Hayes Jennifer Wilkerson (2nd team) Eva Gerhardt Jamie Douglas (2nd team) Amy Lamb Katy Parsons Misty McCrakin Adrienne Battle Dana Holland Rhonda Allen Rebecca Kuklenski Rebekah Daro Rebecca Kuklenski, Laura Schafluetzel Erin Sutton Ashley Sanders Laura Schafluetzel Erin Sutton Casey Dewitt Ashley Sanders Erin Sutton Ashley Sanders Carrie Vestal Clarissa Codrington Jamie Vest Kristin Wolkey Carrie Vestal Kristin Wolkey Jamie Vest Terry Phillips Academic All-Americans 1992 1999 2004 2009 Pasca Cheruiyot -2008 MVC Champion -2008 NCAA All-Region Team -2008 NCAA Qualifier -2008 First Team all-MVC -1st all-time in 6K - 20:27.18 -1st all-time 5K - 16:57.81 Kristen Wolkey -Two-Time First Team all-MVC (2005, 2006) -Two-Time MVC Scholar-Athlete (2006,2007) -6th all-time in 6K - 21:33.60 -2nd all-time 5K - 17:23.67 Anna Boecker Eva Gerhardt Cheryl Haslag Erin Sutton Terry Phillips Casey Owens -Two-Time MVC Champion (2002, 2004) -Three-Time NCAA All-Region (2002, 2003, 2004) -Two-Time NCAA Qualifier (2003, 2004) -Four-Time all-MVC (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) -2nd all-time in 6K - 20:46.77 -3rd all-time 5K - 17:25.50 Terry Phillips -2009 MVC Champion -Two-Time NCAA All-Region (2008, 2009) -Two-Time First Team all-MVC (2008, 2009) -2009 Academic All-American -4th all-time in 6K - 21:24.60 -8th all-time 5K - 17:36.00 30-Missouri State Cross Country MSU Cross Country Yearly Summary Year 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Coach Mildred Evans Mildred Evans Mildred Evans Mildred Evans George Simpson Rhonda Ridinger Rhonda Ridinger Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Jeff Berryessa Ronald Boyce Richard Clark Richard Clark Houston Franks Houston Franks Houston Franks Houston Franks Houston Franks Greg Hipp Greg Hipp Greg Hipp Greg Hipp Greg Hipp Greg Hipp MSU Classic --- --- 1st 2nd 1st --- 2nd 1st 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st --- 2nd 1st 1st --- 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st --- --- --- --- --- 1st 1st 4th Conf.* 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd --- 6th 5th 5th 8th 8th 4th 2nd 3rd 11th 7th 6th 1st 7th 6th 7th 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 5th Region Top Conference Finisher Finish -- --- --- -- --- --- -- --- --- 7th --- --- 4th --- --- 2nd --- --- -- Nancy Sandhagen 3rd 7th Eileen Casey 3rd 5th Linda Van Arkel 5th 7th Eileen Casey 2nd 2nd Chris Kage 4th 5th Anne Baitsholts 6th 9th Lisa Einheuser 7th -- Sandy Seale 18th -- Chris Ehlers 10th 6th Geraldine Acheson 4th 9th Diane Barlow 10th -- Joyce Swofford 26th -- Anne Boecker 6th 9th Karen Beasecker 5th 6th Eva Gerhardt 3rd -- Eva Gerhardt 3rd -- Eva Gerhardt 24th 13th Karina Milan 24th 14th Karina Milan 20th 7th Camille Wise 6th 21st Misty McCrackin 8th 19th Carrie Sell 9th 21st Camille Wise 8th --- Dana Holland 6th 4th Laura Schafluetzel 4th 3rd Casey Owens 1st 4th Casey Owens 2nd 5th Casey Owens 1st 8th Kristin Wolkey 7th 9th Kristin Wolkey 5th 13th Carrie Vestal 4th 8th Pasca Cheruiyot 1st 12th Terry Phillips 1st the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1982. The Gateway *Missouri State moved from the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women to and Missouri Valley Conferences merged in 1992. MSU Cross Country All-Time Top Performers 5K Bests Rank 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Runner Pasca Cheruiyot Kristin Wolkey Casey Owens Ashley Sanders Carrie Vestal Erin Sutton Lisa Einheuser Sandy Seale Terry Phillips Jamie Vest Eileen Casey Asher Kyger Cindy Poly Eva Gerhardt Brenda Hayes Anne Baitsholts Jenny Faunce Chris Ehlers Kate Chettle Geraldine Achenson Time 16:57.81 17:23.67 17:25.50 17:26.36 17:28.86 17:29.00 17:35.00 17:36.00 17:36.00 17:39.28 17:40.00 17:42.61 17:45.00 17:47.00 17:48.00 17:48.00 17:50.00 17:55.00 17:58.00 18:00.00 Year 2008 2006 2004 2005 2005 2003 1983 1983 2009 2007 1978 2007 1983 1992 1992 1983 1985 1985 2003 1986 6K Bests Rank 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Runner Pasca Cheruiyot Casey Owens Erin Sutton Terry Phillips Asher Kyger Kristin Wolkey Rebekah Daro Laura Schafluetzel Jamie Vest Ashley Sanders Rebecca Kuklenski Carrie Vestal Kate Chettle Cindy Poly Dana Holland Carrie Sell Rhonda Allen Casey DeWitt Adrienne Battle Emily Beaver Time 20:27.18 20:46.77 21:10.96 21:24.60 21:33.00 21:33.60 21:33.80 21:37.80 21:41.39 21:41.52 21:44.34 21:53.00 21:58.00 21:58.00 22:05.00 22:07.53 22:10.50 22:17.33 22:18.00 22:19.07 Year 2008 2004 2002 2009 2007 2006 2002 2001 2008 2004 2002 2007 2004 1983 2000 2002 2001 2004 2000 2009 *Times include only those run in standard women’s collegiate 6K cross T imes include only those run in standard women’s collegiate 5K cross country races at official meets. Individuals are listed by best time achieved country races at official meets. Individuals are listed by best time achieved during their Missouri State careers. during their Missouri State careers. Bold indicates times achieved during the 2009 season Missouri State Cross Country-31 This Is the Missouri Valley Conference From its early beginning to its current standing on the map of college Missouri Valley Conference athletics, the Missouri Valley Conference continues to be proactive in its approach as it enters its 104th year in 2010-11. The nation’s secondAdministrators oldest NCAA Division I conference is a leader in college athletics and is one of the nation’s most progressive conferences. The Missouri Valley Conference enters a new decade facing a rapidly changing environment in NCAA Division I athletics as conference expansion and realignment swept the nation in the summer of 2010. Although The Valley was untouched, the league will remain vigilant in monitoring changes or potential changes in other conferences that might impact membership, or present opportunities for expansion. Men’s basketball continues to be the engine that drives Valley athletic programs. With UNI’s NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2010, the league Doug Elgin Joe Mitch Mike Kern Eddie Jackson has had four different Sweet 16 teams since 2006, and The Valley is the MVC Associate Associate Coordinator of only non-BCS league with more than two different Sweet 16 teams in that Commissioner Commissioner Commissioner MBB Officials span. Notably, the run of nine straight seasons with two or more teams in the NCAAs ended in 2007, as the past three seasons have seen only the tournament champion included in the NCAA field. as establishing a neutral site remains a huge part of the overall efforts to Last year, UNI team swept both the regular season and State Farm improve women’s basketball in The Valley. MVC Tournament titles, earning the Valley’s lone NCAA Tournament berth In volleyball, for the sixth time in league history, two MVC teams were in the process. The Panthers escaped with a 69-66 victory over UNLV invited to dance in the 2009 NCAA Volleyball Championship – UNI and in the NCAA’s opening round. UNI then became the first MVC team to Wichita State. With first-round wins over Washington State and Saint beat a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament since Cincinnati beat #1-ranked Louis, respectively, it marked just the second time in MVC history that Ohio State in the NCAA championship game in 1962, toppled #1-seeded two teams advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Kansas 69-67. Ali Farokmanesh’s key field goals in the final moments of the same season (2006 – Missouri State and UNI). both tournament games sealed those victories and the Panthers finished In baseball, Illinois State clinched a share of the regular-season MVC with school-record 30 wins (30-5) with a loss to Michigan State in the title for the first time in league history, and the Redbirds went on to take Sweet 16 in St. Louis. home the State Farm MVC Baseball Tournament trophy as well, topping Notably, The Valley made history in March 2007 with record host and top-seeded Wichita State. Illinois State earned just its secondattendance for four days at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center as 85,074 fans ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. turned out to watch the five sessions of the tournament. The two In softball, the MVC returned to its multi-bid status after a one-year sellout crowds of 22,612 for the semifinals and final of the 2007 State hiatus, sending two teams – Creighton and Illinois State – to the NCAA Farm Tournament set an all-time attendance record for basketball at Tournament. The 2010 campaign marked the seventh time in eight the arena and also gave The Valley the distinction of having the largest seasons that the Valley has placed multiple teams into the NCAA field. championship crowd for any of the 30 NCAA In men’s soccer, for the 13th time in conference tournaments in 2007. The State Farm league history, at least two MVC teams were Missouri Valley MVC Tournament continues to be a spectacular invited to dance in the 2009 NCAA Men’s Soccer showcase for the league, and the MVC has Conference Championship –Drake and Missouri State. The 1818 Chouteau Ave. extended the tournament agreement with the Bulldogs won their first-ever league tournament St. Louis, MO 63103 Scottrade Center that will keep Arch Madness in championship and saw their magical run end (314) 421-0339 n Fax (314) 421-3505 St. Louis through 2013. At the 2011 State Farm at the NCAA Elite Eight, falling to No. 4 North www.mvc.org MVC Championship, the league will surpass Carolina, 2-1. The 2009 campaign marked the 1,000,000 in total attendance for the event, now Doug Elgin....................................... Commissioner third-straight season, and the ninth time in the in its 21st year. Patty Viverito........Senior Associate Commissioner past 10 years, that a Valley men’s soccer team While the success of men’s basketball has Joe Mitch.........................Associate Commissioner advanced to at least the Quarterfinal Round of Jack Watkins..............Associate Commissioner for received the greatest attention, the overall the NCAA Championship. ........................................Marketing/Television performance of league teams in virtually every In men’s golf, Wichita State’s Dustin Garza Mike Kern...................Associate Commissioner for sport continues to raise the national profile of the built a resume worthy of earning him the No. 1 ............................................. Communications conference. Golfstat Cup ranking for most of the season as Jeremiah Ingram..............Assistant Commissioner In women’s basketball, the MVC matched a Mary Mulvenna............Assistant Commissioner for he won individual medalist honors seven times league-high tying six teams earning post-season ..................................................... Compliance last year to lead the country in tournament wins. berths, while 2010 marked the 11th-straight Lauren Eads........Director of Sports Administration Meanwhile, the success of The Valley Bobby Thomas.................... Director of Operations season that the Valley earned at least three television package is one of the great stories Jamie Jarrett................Director of Corporate Sales post-season bids. Illinois State advanced to the in the league. The MVC Television Network Kellie Briscoe.......................... Assistant Director of semifinals of the WNIT, marking the fourth time in has blossomed into a revenue-generating ..............................................Communications league history a Valley school has played in the vehicle and The Valley’s most visible marketing Rich Steed........................... Chief Financial Officer WNIT semifinals, while Bradley and Wichita State tool. Meanwhile, The Valley is making videoMike Nelson.................................. Corporate Sales earned their first-ever postseason wins in program Maxine Day............................. Executive Assistant streaming a major focus as it enters the second history. UNI won its first-ever State Farm MVC Carla Fight..............Assistant to the Commissioner year of a three-year plan to upgrade the Lori Brutton.....................................Assistant to the Championship title, earning its first berth to the production and marketing of both institutionally ..................................... Chief Financial Officer NCAA Tournament field of 64. The conference produced and conference-produced webcasts. Kristin Gregory................... Media Relations Intern remains committed to keeping the tournament at The 2003-04 campaign was a landmark a neutral site at the Family Arena in St. Charles for the conference as State Farm Insurance and 32-Missouri State Cross Country the league came to terms on an agreement that provides State Farm with title sponsorship of all of the league’s 18 championships. Last fall, The Valley took a major step toward ensuring current revenues in television media and tournament sponsorship sales would be guaranteed in future years when it announced a 10-year partnership with Learfield Sports. The Jefferson City, Missouri-based company now has the exclusive sales and marketing rights to MVC assets that include championships and television advertising. During the tenure of Doug Elgin, The Valley’s ninth and longesttenured commissioner, The Valley has been aggressive in hosting NCAA events in St. Louis. Since 1998, the MVC served as host for a staggering nine NCAA tournament events in the 13-year period, which has made St. Louis one of the most frequent stops on the NCAA Tournament trail. The Valley hosted Women’s Final Fours in 2001 and 2009, and the Men’s Final Four in 2005. The seeds for the creation of the conference were planted by eight administrators representing five institutions, who met at the Midland Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 12, 1907. The five schools which formed the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association were Washington University of St. Louis, and the state universities of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Two months after the initial meeting, two more schools -- Drake University and Iowa State College -- were admitted. In the fall of 1907, basketball became the first competitive sport. Today, the Missouri Valley Conference sponsors the following sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country and track & field (indoor and outdoor), men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. While The Valley no longer sponsors football (it did from 1907-85), six league members compete in football at the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) level as Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, UNI and Southern Illinois play in the nine-member Missouri Valley Football Conference (with North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Western Illinois and Youngstown State). That league competed as the Gateway Conference from 1985-2007. Drake plays non-scholarship football in the Pioneer Football League. This season, the league will conduct its 100th outdoor track and field championship, its 93rd tennis championship, its 57th baseball tournament, and its 73rd golf championship for the men. Those programs, plus other current sponsored sports of cross country (52 years), indoor track (44), soccer (20) and swimming and diving (17), have helped solidify The Valley as one of the nation’s most respected conferences. Athletic accomplishments on the men’s athletics side include 14 national basketball championships, 16 trips to the NCAA Final Four, a 1989 national baseball championship and 19 College World Series qualifiers. In 2010, Missouri State’s men’s basketball program won the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, the league’s first national title in men’s basketball since 1982 (Bradley, NIT). In 2001, Missouri State added to The Valley women’s accomplishments, as the Lady Bears advanced to the Women’s Basketball Final Four in St. Louis. Creighton (2004) and Missouri State (2005) have claimed national championships (WNIT) in women’s basketball, while MSU also has a 1992 NCAA Women’s Final Four appearance, and Creighton (2003), Drake (1999) and Illinois State (2009) have made semifinal trips to the WNIT postseason tournament. Indeed, the inclusion of women’s programs under The Valley banner has provided a boost. The Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference -which began in 1982 -- merged with the Missouri Valley Conference and was unveiled as part of the new conference on July 1, 1992. And while the inclusion of women’s sports under a comprehensive athletic umbrella is a recent development in the league’s storied history, over the years, Valley student-athletes and coaches have become household names during the league’s illustrious history, both during their collegiate careers and, for some, professional careers. In fact, The Valley began honoring that tradition in the summer of 1997, when the conference began its athletics Hall of Fame. Hersey Hawkins of Bradley, Larry Bird of Indiana State, Wes Unseld of Louisville, Coach Henry Iba of Oklahoma State, Dave Stallworth of Wichita State, Ed Macauley of Saint Louis, and Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati were members of the initial induction class. Currently, more than 60 former players, coaches and alums dot the league’s Hall of Fame. Men’s basketball, perhaps, has the league’s most storied tradition with the likes of Hall of Famers Bird and Robertson, but The Valley has also produced national-caliber student-athletes in its other sponsored sports. In 2001, Missouri State’s Jackie Stiles became the first Valley woman to earn the Honda-Broderick Cup, given to the nation’s top female collegiate student-athlete. In the sport of track and field, Indiana State’s Holli Hyche captured seven national sprint titles in the early 1990s, Southern Illinois’ Darrin Plab won back-to-back NCAA outdoor high jump titles in 1991 and 1992, SIU’s Brittany Riley became the World record holder in the weight throw in 2007. And Kylie Hutson of Indiana State swept both the indoor and outdoor pole vault titles in 2009. Hutson repeated as a national champion in the pole vault in 2010. In the fall of 1997, Creighton’s Johnny Torres was named the collegiate male soccer player of the year for a second-straight year, while SMU’s Luchi Gonzalez (2001) and Tulsa’s Ryan Pore (2004) have also earned a National Player of the Year honor in men’s soccer. Meanwhile league member Wichita State has produced three national collegiate players of the year in baseball, including Joe Carter (1981), Phil Stephenson (1982) and Darren Dreifort (1993). League members include Bradley, Creighton, Drake, Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, and Wichita State. Central Arkansas and Southern IllinoisEdwardsville are men’s soccer affiliates, beginning in 2010. Cedar Falls, Iowa Des Moines, Iowa Omaha, Neb. Peoria, Ill. Normal, Ill. Terre Haute, Ind. St. Louis, Mo. Carbondale, Ill. Wichita, Kan. Evansville, Ind. Springfield, Mo. Missouri State Cross Country-33 Missouri State Tradition Tradition Going to the Big Dance Since moving to NCAA Division I in 1982-83, MSU teams have made 47 NCAA championship appearances. In addition, numerous individuals have represented the University at NCAA championship events. MSU Division I team appearances: Women’s Basketball (13) 1991 1992 (Final Four) 1993 (Sweet 16) 1994 1995 1996 1998 1999 2000 2001 (Final Four) 2003 2004 2006 Volleyball (8) 1982 1990 2005 2006 Baseball (7) 1987 1995 1999 2002 1993 2007 2003 2008 The Missouri State Lady Bears have been one of the nation’s most-successful women’s basketball programs over the last two decades, racking up 20 Missouri Valley Conference titles, thirteen 20+ win seasons, and 13 NCAA Tournament berths, including three Sweet 16 appearances and trips to the Final Four in 1992 (above) and 2001. 1996 1997 2003 (CWS) Men’s Basketball (6) 1987 1988 1989 1990 1992 1999 (Sweet 16) Softball (5) 1983 1996 1997 1998 2006 Football (2) 1989 1990 Men’s Soccer (3) 1997 1999 2009 Women’s Golf (1) 2001 Men’s Golf (1) 1993 Women’s Soccer (1) 2000 Winston Garland led the Bears to their first two Division I postseason appearances, including a 65-60 win over fourth-seeded Clemson in MSU’s first-ever NCAA Tournament contest in 1987. As a senior, Garland set a school single-season record for scoring (720) that still stands today en route to earning All-America honors from the UPI, Sporting News and Basketball Weekly. Under the guidance of NSCAA/MONDO Midwest Region Coach of the Year Jon Leamy, the 2009 Missouri State Men’s Soccer team earned its first MVC championship in 10 years and the third NCAA Tournament bid in program history. The Bears posted a 12-5-2 record en route to a No. 19 national ranking in the NSCAA’s final regular-season poll. 34-Missouri State Cross Country National Championships Eight Missouri State teams have been crowned national champions at all levels of competition during the first 104 years of intercollegiate athletics at MSU. The 2009-10 men’s basketball team became the most recent to claim a postseason national title, winning the College Insider Tournament (CIT). MSU national championship teams include: Jackie Stiles set the NCAA record for career points (3,393) as well as the single-season scoring (1,062) record as a senior at Missouri State. Stiles garnered the Honda Awards Program Broderick Cup and was the Wade Trophy recipient as the nation’s top women’s college basketball player in 2001, when she led MSU to its second Final Four in nine years. The 2009-10 Missouri State Bears of secondyear head coach Cuonzo Martin posted the fifthbest turnaround in the nation, capping the year by sweeping the Collegiate Insider’s Tournament field for the eighth national tournament title in MSU history. The Bears’ 24-12 record came just one year after an 11-20 campaign in Martin’s first year at the helm. 2010 Men’s Basketball College Insider Tournament (CIT) 2005 Women’s Basketball National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) 1979 Women’s Field Hockey AIAW Division II 1974 Softball AIAW Division I 1974 Men’s Cross Country NCAA Division II 1963 Men’s Golf NCAA Division II 1953 Men’s Basketball NAIA National Tournament 1952 Men’s Basketball NAIA National Tournament MSU Athletics Highlights Head baseball coach Keith Guttin wrapped up his 28th year leading the Missouri State program with a 959 607 (.612) career record. A 10-time conference coach of the year honoree, Guttin has led the Bears to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2003 College World Series. Under Guttin, 11 Bears have earned All- America honors, while 97 MSU standouts have gone on to sign professional contracts. The 2003 Baseball Bears shocked Nebraska and Ohio State in NCAA regional play to advance to the College World Series for the first time as a Division I program. Led by future Major Leaguers Shaun Marcum and Brad Ziegler, the Bears captured the MVC regular-season crown and finished the campaign with a 40-26 overall record. Under third-year head coach Nyla Milleson, the Missouri State Lady Bears returned to postseason play for the first time in four years with a 22-11 campaign. The MSU women posted their highest regular-season conference finish (third) in five seasons, and ran their WNIT win streak to Missouri State Cross Country-35 Missouri State Facilities Facilities JQH Arena has been the home of the Missouri State Bears basketball teams since its official opening in November 2008. The world-class arena seats more than 11,000 and has a state-of-the-art video scoreboard. Hotel developer John Q. Hammons made JQH Arena possible with a donation of $30 million. John Q. Hammons Student Center is the home of the MSU volleyball and swimming teams, which has a main arena capacity of 4,646 permanent reserved seats. Turner Family Practice Court, located in the east gym of Hammons Student Center, provides the Missouri State men’s and women’s basketball programs expanded options for practice schedules. The hardwood floor brings with it the history of the Bear’s program, as it was in use in HSC’s main arena from 1985 until February of 2006. Plaster Strength Center is one of the largest of its kind in the Missouri Valley Conference. Strength Coach Terry Sauerbry and his staff supervise the free weight based facility. The Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex is the home of Missouri State football, track and field, soccer and field hockey teams. The 16,600-seat complex includes a synthetic grass football field and an eight-lane synthetic all-weather track surface. Its jumbotron scoreboard adds to any athletics experience with replays, graphics and live statistics. The complex also includes indoor amenities such as racquetball courts, locker rooms, five classrooms and a fitness center. Bears Golf Facilities include many of the area’s premier courses, including Hickory Hills Country Club, Highland Springs Country Club, Millwood Golf and Racquet Club, Rivercut Golf Course (pictured above), Twin Oaks Country Club and Branson Creek Golf 36-Missouri State Cross Country Hammons Field is located just blocks from the Missouri State campus. The 8,000 seat, natural grass stadium includes 28 luxury suites, five party decks, six food and beverage outlets, a souvenir shop and a club lounge. Financed by MSU alumnus John Q. Hammons, the facility is home to the Missouri State Bears and the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. Killian Softball Stadium opened in March 2009 as the new home to the Missouri State softball team. Operated by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, the East Springfield venue offers seating for up to 1,200 spectators and will serve as host to the 2011 MVC Softball Championship this coming May. Country Facility was unveiled as the new home course for MSU at Springfield Underground in 2007. The MSU Cross Country Facility hosted the 2008 MVC Championship, as well as the 2009 NCAA Midwest Regional Championship last November. The Missouri State Cross Missouri State Cross Country-37 Missouri State Sports Medicine Sports Medicine Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Services The Missouri State Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Services staff has more than 90 years combined experience in athletic training. Included are director Jim Penkalski; Robin Meeks, assistant director; and athletic trainers Shannon Derricks, Tyler Landgraf, Amy Luke and Steve Sawchak. All are certified by the National Athletic Trainerâ€™s Association and licensed by the Missouri State Board of Healing Arts. Three intern athletic trainers join the full-time staff, along with a host of athletic training students who work with student-athletes under the supervision of staff members. A great asset is the involvement of physicians and medical personnel from the community and Missouri Stateâ€™s Taylor Health and Wellness Center. Located adjacent to the Turner Family Practice Court inside Hammons Student Center, the Jim D. Morris Family Strength and Conditioning Center is the primary strength and conditioning facility of both Missouri State basketball programs. Under the direction of Prevention, Rehabilitation and Physical Performance Coordinator Mitch Hauschildt, the Bears and Lady Bears have access to state-of-the-art training programs and equipment. 38-Missouri State Cross Country Strength and Conditioning Physical development of more than 500 student-athletes to increase athletic performance, decrease the chance or severity of injury and enhance sport-specific athletics development are the goals of MSU Strength and Conditioning. Head strength coach Terry Sauerbry supervises the 7,200-square-foot Plaster Strength Center that is utilized by all 16 sports. Sauerbry and his staff guide the student-athletes through programs designed to improve individual skills and overall team performance. The programs integrate all phases of development, including free weights, multi-joint exercises, plyometrics, conditioning, flexibility, speed and nutrition. The strength and conditioning staff works with coaches and Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Services to develop programs suited for each sport and its student-athletes. Areas of concern in each participant are identified and a strength program is put in place to address all items with the ultimate goal of improving competitive performance. The strength and conditioning staff works with coaches and Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Services to develop programs suited for each sport and its student-athletes. Areas of concern in each participant are identified and a strength program is put in place to address all items with the ultimate goal of improving competitive performance. Missouri State Cross Country-39 Missouri State University University Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The Universityâ€™s identity is distinguished by its statewide mission in public affairs, requiring a campus-wide commitment to foster competence and responsibility in the common vocation of citizenship. The academic experience is grounded in a general education curriculum which draws heavily from the liberal arts and sciences. This foundation provides the basis for mastery of disciplinary and professional studies. It also provides essential forums in which students develop the capacity to make well-informed, independent critical judgments about the cultures, values and institutions in society. The task of developing educated persons obligates the University to expand the store of human understanding through research, scholarship and creative endeavor, and drawing from that store of understanding, to provide service to the communities that support it. In all of its programs, the University uses the most effective methods of discovering and imparting knowledge and the appropriate use of technology in support of these activities. The University functions through a multi-campus system that is integrated to address the needs of its constituents. 40-Missouri State Cross Country Did you know... Campus Overview Missouri State has more than 60 buildings on the Springfield campus. Academics Classes take place in many buildings on the Springfield campus. A few highlights: Craig Hall – Home of the College of Arts and Letters and the Coger Theatre Ellis Hall – Home of the Music Department; has a 250-seat recital hall Glass Hall – Home of the College of Business Administration Hill Hall – Home of the College of Education Karls Hall – Home of the William H. Darr School of Agriculture McDonald Hall and Arena – Home of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department Professional Building – Home of the College of Health and Human Services Siceluff Hall – Home of the English Department and the Modern and Classical Languages Department Strong Hall – Home of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs Missouri State University is one of the 13 four-year, public supported institutions of higher education in Missouri. Located in the state’s third largest city, Missouri State is within a 500-mile radius of nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population. In addition to the main campus in Springfield, the Missouri State system is comprised of a twoyear branch campus in West Plains, a research campus in Mountain Grove and an extended campus that coordinates telecommunication-based delivery of distance education among and by the three campuses. More than half of the freshmen entering in fall 2009 were in the top 25 percent of their high school classes. About 23 percent were in the top 10 percent. Temple Hall – Home of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences Missouri State Cross Country-41 Missouri State Student Life Student Life Missouri State Campus The Missouri State campus is located on 225 acres in the heart of Springfield. The campus is compact - students easily walk from one class to the next in just a few minutes. MSU students experience college life at its best, with more than 250 student organizations from which to choose. During the fall 2009 semester, Missouri State Universityâ€™s enrollment on Springfield campus was 20,842. Where Students are From Missouri State students in fall 2009 are from all of Missouriâ€™s 114 counties and from 48 other states, 2 United States territories and 84 countries. 2009 Freshmen Class - Springfield Campus Total first-time freshmen enrollment: 2,588 Female: 1,533 (59.2 percent) Male: 1,055 (40.8 percent) 42-Missouri State Cross Country Residence Halls More than 4,000 students live in 10 University residence halls and apartment complexes. Missouri Stateâ€™s nationally recognized residence halls are among the finest in the country. Missouri State Bookstore Serving Missouri State University since 1905, the Missouri State Bookstore provides a full line of textbooks, official apparel, academic supplies, convenience items, study aids and a complete line of computer hardware and software, available at academic prices. Taylor Health and Wellness Center Located on campus adjacent to Plaster Student Union, Taylor Health and Wellness Center consists of a full-time professional staff of board-certified physicians, RNs, LPNs, registered pharmacists and lab and X-ray technicians. All students are eligible for care at the Center. Robert W. Plaster Student Union The PSU is the hub of the campus community. It has a post office, bank, convenience store, movie theater, bowling alley, study areas and many dining options. PSU is home to many student groups and University organizations. Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts This 2,200-seat, multipurpose performance facility brings to campus touring Broadway musical productions, entertainment performances and an emerging concert artistâ€™s recital series. It is the home of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Maroon Madness The largest student group on campus, Maroon Madness, is increasing school spirit and student attendance at athletic events. Students in Maroon Madness enjoy reserved seating in JQH Arena and Plaster Sports Complex. Missouri State Cross Country-43 Missouri State Academics Academics The University offers more than 150 undergraduate programs and nearly 50 graduate programs, as well as select certificate and doctorate degrees. Many of these programs are the stateâ€™s strongest and largest of their kind. Participate in Public Affairs Missouri State is proud of its mission in public affairs. The components of the public affairs mission are ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. Through this mission, students develop understanding of issues that affect the local community, the world at large and the environment. The courses they take challenge them to become informed and active citizens. On top of that, opportunities for volunteering and service-learning put students in realworld situations. Missouri State holds a Public Affairs Week and Public Affairs Conference each year to further express the components of the mission. Speakers address topics such as citizenship, democracy, diversity, the economy and sustainability. 44-Missouri State Cross Country Did you know... Honors College The Honors College provides a program of enhanced, advanced study and recognition for students of unusually strong academic achievement and motivation. The College exists to provide these students with intellectual opportunities beyond those generally found in traditional programs, including smaller and enriched classes and the option to pursue their own research and creative interests. The Competitive Edge Missouri State students gain a competitive edge through the stateâ€™s largest internship program. Students have the opportunities to experience cuttingedge research and interact with nationally recognized faculty and private-industry partners, paving the way for graduates to succeed at top graduate and professional schools across the nation. Missouri State is one of only 81 institutions - and the only school in Missouri - to be honored by The Princeton Review in its book, Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement. ACT Scores The average ACT score for Missouri Stateâ€™s incoming freshmen in fall 2009 was 24.0, higher than the 21.6 average for Missouri high-school graduates. Student-to-Faculty Ratio Missouri State has a total of 826 fulltime faculty members and 397 part-time faculty members on the Springfield campus. The student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 20:1. Studying Around the Globe About 200 Missouri State students participate in study-away programs each year. Many programs allow students to immerse themselves in a foreign culture, which helps them learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Missouri State has an International Center that promotes international education and creates more international opportunities for students and faculty. Our students have the opportunity to study almost anywhere. Missouri State Cross Country-45 Missouri State Spirit Spirit Groups The Missouri State Pride Bands, Cheer Squad and Sugar Bears Dance Team provide key elements to the total gameday package. The Missouri State Band program is comprised of 18 different bands, including the 300-member Pride Marching Band, which performs at each Missouri State home football game. Missouri State Fight Song Bear Mascot The Bear has been a part of Missouri State athletics since a joint committee of MSU students and faculty members chose it as mascot during the 1906-07 school year. The committee also picked maroon and white as the official school colors. Uphold tradition, our school we hold so dear, We will be loyal throughout our college years, Fight for victory as we stand up and cheer, Letâ€™s hear it for the Bears, B-E-A-R-S-Bears, M-I-S-S-O-U-R-I-State Missouri State Alma Mater Sing we praises Now to our Alma Mater, All hail Maroon and White Missouri State, we pledge devotion May you live ever in truth and right, May you live ever in truth and right 46-Missouri State Cross Country In the Community In the Community Bears’ Community Service Projects Adopt-A-Family Adopt-A-Street American Cancer Society Relay for Life American Heart Association Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ozarks Boys and Girls Club Dance Bear-a-Thon benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Friends of the Library Healing Garden at Cox Hulston Center Hickory Hills Elementary Sports Spectacular Day Horace Mann Elementary Read Across America and Book Exchange Light the Night benefitting Leukemia Foundation of the Ozarks McBride Elementary Food Drive Ozarks Literacy Council Portland Elementary Character Education Rotary Clubs of Springfield Rockin’ Ribs Shoe Bank benefitting Springfield Public Schools Weaver Elementary School Just Read! Program The Kitchen Missouri State student-athletes are active in a wide variety of community service and outreach programs, including Habitat for Humanity (top left), Just Read! and Read Across America (right and lower left) and The Kitchen (middle left). Missouri State Cross Country-47 Missouri State Springfield Springfield Missouri State University calls Springfield home. The hub of the Ozarks and the third-largest city in the state of Missouri, Springfield is known across the region as “The Queen City of the Ozarks.” The Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area is one of the country’s fastest growing and most scenic regions, covering five counties in southwest Missouri with a total population of 390,986. 48-Missouri State Cross Country What to do in Springfield Here is a sample of the great things going on in Springfield. Almost everything in town is within 20 minutes of the Missouri State campus. Movie theaters (including a multiplex and an independent cinema both in walking distance from campus) Hammons Field (home to our Baseball Bears and the Springfield Cardinals minor league team) Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Battlefield Mall Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World (one of Missouri’s largest tourist attractions) Dickerson Park Zoo Mediacom Ice Park (skating and hockey) Springfield Symphony Orchestra Springfield Ballet Springfield Art Museum Springfield Regional Opera Springfield Conservation Nature Center Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Springfield has a strong commitment to the arts. First Friday Art Walk is held downtown every month. Venues display photography, pottery, painting, blown glass and more. The annual Artsfest is held on historic Walnut Street, just a short walk from campus. The beautiful Ozarks can be experienced in so many ways. Springfield has many parks, each with a different personality. There’s a Japanese stroll garden, bike trails, a dog park and more. Missouri State Cross Country-49 Missouri State In the Pros In the Pros Clay Harbor Philadelphia Eagles Matt Pickens Colorado Rapids Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies 2005 N.L. Rookie of the Year 2006 N.L. MVP Ross Detwiler Washington Nationals Blake Ahearn 2007-08 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year 50-Missouri State Cross Country Former Bears in Major Sport Leagues NFL Steve Ache Bob Dees Clay Harbor* (Philadelphia Eagles) Charlie Mitchell Tom Mullen Mike Murphy Brad St. Louis Jason Whittle Shaun Marcum Toronto Blue Jays Jackie Stiles Fourth Overall Pick, 2001 WNBA Draft 2001 WNBA Rookie of the Year Bill Mueller 2003 A.L. Batting Champion Brad Ziegler Oakland Athletics MLB record-holder for consecutive scoreless innings at the start of a career NBA Blake Ahearn Don Anielak Winston Garland Curtis Perry MLS Chris Brunt Matt Caution Justin Douglass Doug Lascody Lance Parker Matt Pickens* (Colorado Rapids) Jamal Sutton Burch Wylie MLB Scott Bailes Mark Bailey Matt Cepicky Ross Detwiler* (Washington Nationals) Bart Evans Jeff Gray* (Chicago Cubs) Jason Hart Ryan Howard* (Philadelphia Phillies) Shaun Marcum* (Toronto Blue Jays) Bill Mueller Matt Palmer* (Los Angeles Angels) John Rheinecker Brad Ziegler* (Oakland Athletics) *includes players active on major league Missouri State Cross Country-51 Missouri State In the Spotlight In the Spotlight Missouri State is covered by a wide variety of media in Springfield and the surrounding area. Missouri State athletes are routinely featured on all four local television networks, as well as on the pages of local publications the Springfield News-Leader and 417 Magazine. Now in its third decade broadcasting Missouri State Athletics, Springfieldbased Meyer Communications will once again carry the Bears and Lady Bears on its radio airwaves in 2010-11. All MSU football and men’s and women’s basketball games, home and away, will be carried live on Meyer’s network of stations. Flagship station, KTXR (101.3 FM), serves as the primary home for MSU athletics, with “The Jock” 98.7 FM, and KBFL 99.9 FM/1060 AM also providing platforms for the Bears and Lady Bears in the event of programming conflicts. Meyer also broadcasts select Bears’ volleyball, baseball and softball contests, as well as MSU coaches’ shows for football and men’s and women’s basketball. All MSU games carried by Meyer can also be heard online at www.RadioSpringfield.com. Bears on the Web The Missouri State Athletics website provides the latest information on Missouri State Athletics and is maintained by the MSU Athletics Communications office. Follow Bears online at www.MissouriStateBears.com, where you will find the most recent news, game results, schedules and rosters for all 16 Missouri State varsity athletic programs. The official website of Missouri State Athletics is hosted by JumpTV. Live stats for select Missouri State athletic events are accessible on the MSU Athletics site. Additionally, streaming video for select Bears and Lady Bears home games, as well as road games when possible, will be available via Bears Live, a subscription-based multimedia service, which can be accessed on MissouriStateBears.com. 52-Missouri State Cross Country Bears on Twitter and Facebook Also, check out Missouri State Athletics on Twitter and Facebook. To keep up with the all things Maroon and White, visit www.Twitter.com/MissouriStBears and www.Facebook.com/MissouriStBears. Collegiate Licensing Company In May 2009, Missouri State University reached an agreement with Collegiate Licensing Company to manage the Universityâ€™s trademark licensing program. A division of IMG Worldwide, CLC is the oldest and largest collegiate licensing agency in the U.S., providing fullservice capabilities in brand protection, management and development. Nelligan Sports Marketing In an effort to maximize its athletics exposure and marketing potential, Missouri State University has entered into a long-term contract with Nelligan Sports Marketing to exclusively represent the Universityâ€™s corporate sponsorship program. The long-term partnership will focus heavily on intercollegiate athletics initiatives, such as broadcast media rights, marketing and sponsorship programs, but will also benefit the entire University by maximizing business-to-business opportunities and revenue potential. NSM is based in Little Falls, N.J., and represents some of the elite college properties in the country, including such institutions as Brown University, UC Santa Barbara, Colorado State University, Eastern Michigan University, Florida Atlantic University, the University of Louisville, Marquette University, Middle Tennessee State University, Princeton University, Providence College, Rutgers University and West Virginia University. It also represents many athletic organizations, such as the Colonial Athletic Association and its 12-member institutions, Horizon League, Pac-10 Conference, Patriot League, Champs Sports Bowl and Capital One Bowl. Missouri State Cross Country-53 Missouri State Cross Cross COuntry Country Facilities Facilities Missouri State University track and field and cross country student-athletes enjoy outstanding facilities as they pursue their athletic and academic goals. Missouri State Cross Country Facility In the fall of 2007 Missouri State opened a new home cross country facility. The Bears’ new home facility (below) was designed with major championships in mind. The facility features an all grass loop style course that meets all NCAA championship requirements. MSU was proud to host the 2009 Midwest Men’s and Women’s Regional, after hosting the 2008 Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships and will bid for other major events. Trail Running Missouri State’s distance runners enjoy a wide variety of options for trail running. The Springfield area and its Ozark Mountain surroundings feature numerous parks that provide many beautiful miles of running. Phelps Grove Park Phelps Grove is a beautiful tree covered park just ¼-mile from the MSU campus. The park contains a well groomed 1,000-meter grass loop. Springfield Nature Center The Springfield Nature Center (right) offers miles of wood chip covered paths through rolling terrain and connects to the city’s greenway trails. Ritter Springs Park/Sac River Park Ritter Springs and the adjacent Sac River Park combined for over 10-miles of trail running through the rolling hills of Springfield’s north side. The park features grass and dirt paths through wooded areas and open fields. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield “The Battlefield” was once the site of the first major Civil War battle west of the Mississippi and now offers more than 15 miles of trail running through open fields and wooded paths. Lake Springfield Park Lake Springfield provides the Lady Bears a challenging training site through open fields that overlook the lake. The park also features a 5,000-meter cross country course and a connecting greenway trail. Frisco Highline Trail The Frisco trail is a “rail to trail” project that extends from Springfield to Bolivar, Mo., providing 35-miles of smooth, crushed limestone for steady tempo running. 54-Missouri State Cross Country Host of the 2009 NCAA Midwest Regional Maggie Sutor Andrea Marshall Mari-Jean Vance Missouri Statee BearsSoccer Womenâ€™s www.MissouriStateBears.com