The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Missouri Southern Sports

May 30, 2012

Five sign to join Missouri Southern women's track team

Five more standout prep athletes have signed to join the women’s track and field team at Missouri Southern for the 2012-13 season.

Three of those runners will also compete in cross country, said Missouri Southern coach Patty Vavra.

Brittany Reagan, a state champion triple jumper from Bentonville, Ark., will join sprinter-jumper Taylor Alumbaugh and distance runners Jet Hovis, Emily Harris and Addie Mengwasser as the newest Lions.

They are being added to a class which already includes a trio of local athletes in Mariah Sanders and Miriah Johnson, both of Joplin, and Kaylee Morgan, of Carthage.

“This is a fine group of student athletes,” said Vavra. “Emily Harris, Jetaime Hovis and Addie Mengwasser will give us added depth in the distance events. Harris and Hovis helped their Farmington (Mo.) team to a second-place state finish this past season in cross country.

“Kaylee Morgan, Taylor Alumbaugh, Brittany Reagan, Mariah Sanders and Miriah Johnson will solidify our jumps and pole vault events. Morgan and Alumbaugh are quite versatile and will also compete in the sprints and combined events.

“Each of these young ladies has had great success at the state meet level. They come from outstanding programs and are all accustomed to winning.”

Reagan lettered four years in track at Bentonville, and also earned letters in soccer, basketball and volleyball. She won the state triple jump at 39 feet and also placed in both the 100-meter dash and long jump.

She was the high-point scorer at the 2010 indoor championships.

Alumbaugh, from El Dorado Springs, holds the school high jump record at 5 feet, 7 inches. She also placed in the 200 and 400 dashes in the Class 3 state meet last weekend. She was a standout basketball and volleyball player for the Bulldogs.

Mengwasser attended Osage County High School in Linn, Mo., lettering four years each in track and cross country. She was a two-time conference champion in cross country and a member of a pair of record-setting relays in track.

Hovis and Harris were members of the Farmington 4x800 relay which finished second in the Class 3 state meet. Harris was also seventh in the open 800.


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