The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 12, 2013

Fraley, Mead spark Southern

From staff reports

— Jeff Fraley posted a provisional mark in the 60-meter dash and Taitum Mead won the long jump to headline Missouri Southern performances during Friday’s competition in the Missouri Southern Invitational indoor track meet at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Fraley, a sophomore, bettered his provisional with a time of 6.86 seconds. He qualified third for today’s final behind Andre DeGrasse of Coffeyville Community College and Deneko Brown of Southwest Baptist, both timed in 6.83826 in different heats.

Lion freshman Erron Holley also made the finals in the 60, qualifying fifth in 6.97. Holley also placed third in the 200-meter final (22.59), and Clark Tanksley took fifth (23.03).

The Lions’ Jazz Allen was the top qualifier in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.35. Jayce Thomas ran 8.59 and qualified third.

Missouri Southern had seven of the top 10 finishers in the men’s long jump, led by Jacob Rowe’s third place at 22 feet, 61⁄2 inches. Thomas was fourth, and Michael Juergens and Darion Boure tied for fifth.

Evan Moore finished second in the weight throw (58-6), and Dustin Green was fourth (53-21⁄4). Pittsburg State’s Cody Holland, from Neosho, won the event at 58-01⁄2.

The Lions’ distance medley relay team of Alex Mason, Anthony Price, Logan Garrett and Andrew Webster finished second in 10:32.22, just over a second behind Oklahoma Christian.

Mead, a sophomore from Carl Junction, jumped 17-63⁄4 to lead a 1-2-3-4 finish by the Lions. Kaylee Morgan took second, Brittani Reagan third and Shelby Newell fourth.

The Lions picked up two more third-place finishes by Kylie Cornman in the weight throw (48-51⁄4) and Jasmin Hughes in the 200 (26.14).

Hughes also qualified fourth for today’s final in the 60 meters, and the Lions’ JeAnna Sheppard, Jackie Wallace and Mead qualified 3-4-5 for the 60 hurdles final.

Today’s schedule has field events starting at 10:30 a.m. and running finals beginning at 1:30 p.m.