From staff reports
Almost half of Missouri Southern’s 16 entries are top-8 seeds in this week’s NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The three-day meet begins today at Colorado State-Pueblo’s Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-America recognition.
The Lions qualified six men and six women for the meet, and half of them will be in action today.
The women’s long jump is today and is the Lions’ strongest event with freshmen Kaylee Morgan and Brittani Reagan seeded third and fifth, respectively.
Also scheduled to compete today for the Lions are Dustin Green in the hammer throw, Jeff Fraley in the 100-meter preliminaries and Sydney Haase and Ashleigh McFarland in the pole vault.
The Lions’ Darion Boure is the No. 3 seed in the triple jump. He doesn’t compete until 6:15 p.m. Saturday.
Other high seeds for the Lions are Michael Juergens in the pole vault (No. 5), Fraley in the 200 (7), Green in the discus (7) and Kylie Cornman in the shot put (8).
This is the final meet for Missouri Southern men’s coach Tom Rutledge, who has announced his retirement at end of the school year.
Pittsburg State qualified nine men and four women for the national meet.
Larissa Richards qualified for three field events, and she is seeded second in the discus and fourth in the shot put.
The Gorillas have three entries in today’s men’s long jump, led by second-seeded Steven Mann.
Others seeded among the PSU men are John Talbert (third in the discus) and the 4x100 relay team of Jason Crow, Keenan Soles, Jordan Riffel and Kyle Utsey (fifth).