The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 20, 2013

Southern athletes post big marks in Rolla meet


From staff reports

— Missouri Southern’s Brittani Reagan may not have won the triple jump, but she still recorded a distance worth noticing.

Reagan jumped 40 feet, 4 inches for second place behind Lincoln’s Danielle Newman (40-6.25) on Saturday at the Dewey Allgood Invitational, hosted by Missouri S&T.

“The jump puts her in the top 10 in the nation,” Missouri Southern women’s coach Patty Vavra said. “Any time you get 40 feet in the triple jump, that’s a good mark.”

Reagan wasn’t alone in national provisional qualifying marks for the Lions.

Whitney Hardy won the high jump with a leap of 5-7.75 to move into the top 12 in the nation.

Melanie Bower recorded a personal best in the pole vault at 12-3.5 to win the event and enter the top 12.

“It was nice to see those three big marks,” Vavra said. “I’m pretty sure those three will get in (the national meet).”

Other wins for the Lions women included the 400-meter relay (48.79 seconds), Reagan in the long jump (18-4.5), Kylie Cornman in the shot put (47-1), and Lauren Baehr in the 3,000 meters (10:46.89).

On the men’s side, Dustin Green won the discus, hammer throw and shot put. Green’s hammer throw of 183-9 was a personal best and placed him in the top 10 nationally. Green (165-4) beat teammate Nicklas Polizzi (161-6) in the discus. He also defeated teammates Seth Hackney (55-1) and Evan Moore (51-9) in the shot put with a distance of 55-4.25.

“It was a low-key meet,” Missouri Southern men’s coach Tom Rutledge said. “The weather was finally good. It was nice after two days of cold at KU. They went out and performed well.”

Other winners for the Lions were Jazz Allen in the 110-meter hurdles (14.87), Anthony Price in the 400-meter dash (49.22), Clark Tanksley in the high jump (6-8) and long jump (22-9.75), Michael Juergens in the pole vault (16-7.25), and Jayce Thomas in the triple jump (47-9.25).

The Lions will be at home for the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invite on Friday and then will compete in the MIAA Outdoor Championships in Hays, Kan., from May 3-5.