The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 2, 2013

MSSU track logs provision marks before weather hits PSU Open

The Joplin Globe

—  Triple jumper Brittani Reagan, pole vaulters Sydney Haase and Michael Juergens and Missouri Southern’s men’s 4x100 relay team posted provisional qualifying marks on Saturday in the PSU/Wendy’s Open at Pittsburg State’s Prentice Gudgen Track.

The meet, which began with field events at noon, was interrupted by storms and delayed about three hours. The meet did resume, and competition continued until shortly after midnight. Missouri Southern teams, however, returned home before the meet resumed.

“We did not feel it was in the best interest of our athletes to stay,” Lions women’s coach Patty Vavra said.

“And we had some kids who were going to drive home for Easter,” MSSU men’s coach Tom Rutledge said. “I did not want them out on the road at 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning and then drive back on Sunday night.”

Before the delay, Haase cleared 11 feet, 10.5 inches to win the pole vault. The height ranks first in the MIAA and seventh in Division II. Melanie Bower placed third in the event (11-0.75), and Ashleigh McFarland was fifth (10-6.75).

Reagan earned a provisional in the triple jump, placing fourth at 39-8.75. Teammate Shelby Newell was sixth (37-3.25, a career best).

Reagan had a near-provisional in the long jump, taking second at 18-7. Taitum Mead was fifth with a personal-best 18-1.75, and Kaylee Morgan was sixth (18-1).

Whitney Hardy had a near provisional in the high jump, finishing second at 5-5.75, and Shelby Sutherland was sixth (5-1.75).

On the track, the Lions’ Addie Mengwasser was sixth in the 1,500 meters (4:59.66), and JeAnna Shepherd was sixth in the 100 hurdles (14.86).

“The long jump and good marks in the high jump and pole vault were the highlights of our day,” Vavra said.

For the Lion men, Juergens took second place in the pole vault at 16-5.5, good for a provisional. The Lions’ Raymond Voldvedt, Brady Melugin, Zach Bobbett and John Lowe all cleared 14-10 and placed 4-5-6-7.

The Lions’ Jeff Fraley, Clark Tanksley, Anthony Price and Erron Holley ran 41.11 in the 4x100, good for a provisional and a third-place finish. Holley also finished fifth in the 100 (10.89).

J.J. Jones won the triple jump at 46-7.25. Jayce Thomas took third in the high jump (6-6.75) and fourth  in the 110 high hurdles (15.04), and Jazz Allen was fifth in the high hurdles (15.10).

In the throws, Evan Moore took second in the shot put (52-1.25) and third in the hammer (173-8). Nicklaus Polizzi was second in the discus (158-2), and Seth Hackney was third in the shot (51-11.75).

“We had a pretty good day in the throws, and I know Michael Juergens had a pretty good provisional,” Rutledge said. “The sunshine came out for a while, then everything got muddy and wet. We got a little bit in, but you can’t control the weather. All we can do is reload and head back to competition (this weekend) and hope for better weather.”

The Lions return to action Saturday at the Emporia State Invitational.



Pittsburg State’s Jason Crow, Keenan Soles, Jordan Riffel and Kyle Utsey set a Carnie Smith Stadium record in the 4x100 relay with 40.23 seconds. Then in the early morning hours, the Gorillas’ Ryan Ramler, Crow, Riffel and Greg Wright won the 4x400 relay (3:19.22).

Adam Volkert won the 1,500 (3:55.45), Ramler took second in the 400 hurdles (53.90), and Talon Thompson was third in the 5,000 (15:27.22).

The Gorillas had three winners in the field events — Jeff Piepenbrink in the pole vault (16-7.50), Soles in the long jump (24-3.50) and John Talbert in the hammer (190-11). Second places went to Luke Wilson in the hammer (176-2) and Aaron Dean in the javelin (150-8). Talbert also took third in the discus (156-0), and Josh Phillips was third in the pole vault (15-3.75).

Pittsburg State’s women had first-place performances from Larissa Richards in the shot put (44-2.50) and the 4x400 relay team of Emily Ballock, Hilary Dickey, Lauren Ouderkirk and Ramie Grayson (3:55.78).

Ballock was second in the 400 hurdles (1:00.56), and third places went to Amanda Callaway in the 800 (2:17.59), Casey Epps in the 1,500 (4:47.86), Hannah DeVries in the 5,000 (17:59.65) and Randi Pierce in the high jump (5-5.75).