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McMurry Women Run to National Runner-up Finish
June 5, 2002

June 5---McMurry University women's track and field finished as runner-up at the 2002 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships (May 23-25), collecting a pair of national event titles and 11 All-America citations in the process. McMurry scored 49 points, trailing national champion Wheaton College (Mass.) who totaled 67 points.

The Lady Indians' finish is the best-ever American Southwest Conference showing in the national outdoor track and field meet, and is the second national runner-up team placing and third NCAA Top Eight finish for the Conference in 2001-02. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women's golf team placed second in its 2002 NCAA-III national championships in early May and the Concordia University at Austin baseball team finished seventh at the NCAA-III College World Series over Memorial Day weekend.

McMurry junior Darcell Edwards successfully defended her triple jump title, winning the 2002 championship with a career-tying and 2002 season-best leap of 41-3 in the finals. Edwards won the 2001 outdoor triple jump title with the same 41-3 jump. Edwards completed her national championship trip placing second in the long jump with a 19-2 effort and her second All-America award.

The McMurry relay team of Crystal Early, Kelly Brown, Talila Harlmon and Talitha Belcher won the 4x100-meter relay title with a 46.87 clocking. The All-American foursome advanced to the finals by winning their heat in 46.57.

Belcher and Brown each added two more All-America citations to their 2002 collections. Belcher placed second in the 100-m dash (11.75) and fourth in the 200-m dash (24.08). Brown finished fourth in the 400-m dash (56.15) and seventh in the 200 (24.62).

Cheyenne Oldham posted an eight-place finish in the pole vault, jumping 11-6 1/2 for All-America honors.

McMurry thrower Cade Melton won All-America honors in the javelin throw, finishing eighth with a toss of 194-9 and earning a point for the Indians in the NCAA-III Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

American Southwest Conference at the 2002 NCAA-III Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Women's Top 8 Team Scores:

1. Wheaton College (Mass.) 67.0
2. McMurry University 49.0
3. Williams College 44.0
4. Wisconsin La Crosse 38.0
5. Christopher Newport 34.0
6. Wartburg College 32.0
7. Montclair State 24.0
8. Wisconsin Oshkosh 22.0

By Women's Events:

100-m Dash      
Final 2 Talitha Belcher, McMurry 11.75
Heat 1 1 Talitha Belcher, McMurry 11.98
200-m Dash      
Final 4 Talitha Belcher, McMurry 24.08
  7 Kelly Brown, McMurry 24.62
Heat 1 2 Talitha Belcher, McMurry 24.3
  3 Kelly Brown, McMurry 24.4
400-m Dash      
Final 4 Kelly Brown, McMurry 56.15
Heat 3 1 Kelly Brown, McMurry 56.24
100-m Hurdles      
Heat 1 6 Yvonne Silva, McMurry 14.99
  8 Adrienne Kerbow, McMurry 15.22
4x100-m Relay      
Final 1 McMurry 46.87
    (Crystal Early, Kelly Brown, Talila Harlmon, Talitha Belcher)
Heat 1 1 McMurry (Early, Brown, Harlmon, Belcher) 46.57
4x400-m Relay      
Heat 1 8 McMurry 03:55.4
    (Kelli Moeller, Yvonne Silva, Kelly Brown, Talitha Belcher)
Long Jump      
Final 2 Darcell Edwards, McMurry 19-2
Flight 1 1 Darcell Edwards, McMurry 19-2
  10 Talila Harlmon, McMurry 15-8 3/4
Triple Jump      
Final 1 Darcell Edwards, McMurry 41-3
Flight 1 2 Darcell Edwards, McMurry 40-2 1/4
Pole Vault      
Final 8 Cheyenne Oldham, McMurry 11-6 1/2

Men's Top 8 Team Scores:

1 Wisconsin La Crosse 64
2 Calvin College 41
3 Lincoln University 39
4 Wisconsin Stevens Point 31
5 Wheaton College (Mass.) 29
6 Wisconsin Platteville 26
7 Central College (Iowa) 21
8 Haverford College 20
  Bates College 20
  Pacific Lutheran University 20
  North Central College 20
  Wisconsin Whitewater 20
  College of New Jersey 20
72 McMurry University 1

By Men's Events:

Triple Jump      
Flight 1 8 Larry Morales, Sul Ross State 44-9 3/4
Hammer Throw      
Flight 1 14 Jerrod Cook, McMurry 168-10
Javelin Throw      
Final 8 Cale Melton, McMurry 194-9
Flight 2 5 Cale Melton, McMurry 193-1

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