Sprinter dazzles in conference meet

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State University held the 2019 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships March 2-3 at Hughes Fieldhouse.

The Bearcat men placed second in the meet while the women finished seventh.

Freshman sprinter Omar Austin stole the show setting the Northwest and MIAA record for the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.69. This mark put Austin 9th overall in NCAA Division II and gave him an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championship Tournament in Pittsburg, Kansas.

For perspective on this time I employed a group of average Joes to demonstrate how fast Austin is. All three runners finished over the one minute mark.

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