The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 8, 2013

Southern track wins 6 events; PSU men win 3

The Joplin Globe

EMPORIA, Kan. — Missouri Southern’s men and women won three events apiece Saturday during the Emporia State Relays.

Jeff Fraley (200 meters), Darion Boure (triple jump) and Seth Hackney (shot put) placed first for the Lion men.

Winners for the MSSU women were Kylie Cornman (shot put), Whitney Hardy (high jump) and Sydney Haase (pole vault).

Coaches Tom Rutledge and Patty Vavra gave mixed reports on their team’s performances.

“Jeff Fraley have his usual performance,” Rutledge said. “Jayce Thomas had another great performance. He PR’d in the 110 hurdles, 400 hurdles, triple jump. Boure is now second in the nation in the triple jump and Jayce is fourth. Seth Hackney hit almost 17 meters.

“We had a couple of lackadaisical performances and some other kids who did well and overachieved. We have to put it together. It was nice to see Eric Schott and Jake Benton back on the track. It was the first time Eric has competed since (cross country) nationals (last November). Seeing him back on the track makes me feel better.”

“Kylie Cornman in the shot put (47-9 1/4) is within a couple of inches of her PR indoors,” Vavra said. “She’s about fifth or sixth now on the national list. Whitney Hardy jumped very well last week at Pittsburg and got a good provisional today (5-6 1/2). She’s become much more consistent in that event.

“We did not look like we have gotten back into competitive form since our break from the indoor season. Of course, we had the shortened meet last week (at Pittsburg State). We had some good jumping events last week, but we have to get back to competitive form. We didn’t get that done.”

Fraley won the 200 meters with a provisional time of 21.23 seconds. He finished second in the 100 at 10.53, also a provisional time and just .08 seconds behind Andre DeGrasse of Coffeyville Community College.

Boure prevailed in a tight competition in the triple jump. Boure sailed 49-9 to beat Marquise Cushon of Pittsburg State by one-half inch and Thomas by three-quarters of an inch. All three marks are good for provisionals.

Hackney went 55-3 3/4 — another provisional — to win the shot put. Teammates Evan Moore and Dustin Green finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Green also took fourth in the discus, and Moore was fifth in the hammer.

The Lions’ Michael Juergens was second in the pole vault. He and winner Jeff Piepenbrink of Pittsburg State cleared 16-0 3/4, but Piepenbrink had one less miss.

Clark Tanksley tied for third   in the high jump (6-5 1/2), and Taylor McClelland tied for fourth in the long jump (23-3).

Haase, Ashleigh McFarland and Melanie Bower all went 11-5 3/4 in the women’s pole vault. Based on misses, Haase finished first, McFarland tied for second and Bower took fourth.

Shelby Sutherland tied for second in the high jump behind Hardy at 5-3.

Pittsburg State

In addition to Piepenbrink, the Gorillas had first-place performances by Kyle Utsey in the long jump (24-1) and John Talbert in the discus (183-1).

PSU’s men collected a total of 10 provisional marks — Utsey and Keenan Soles in the long jump, Piepenbrink and Josh Phillips in the pole vault, Cushion in the triple jump, Luke Wilson in the hammer throw, Garrett Cantrell in the javelin, Talbert in the discus and hammer and the 4x100 relay team.

Brian Allen, former standout at Joplin High School and Pittsburg State, competed unattached and won the hammer throw (203-6).

Pittsburg State’s women’s winners were Larissa Richards in the discus (158-4) and Erica Testa in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:46.92).

Richards had provisionals in the discus, hammer and shot put.