From staff reports

Missouri Southern senior Chris Turner, after sitting in second place after the first day of competition on Sunday, won the MIAA Decathlon on Monday at Rolla, Mo., with a 6,689-point NCAADivision II provisional effort.

Turner held off Emporia State's Tyson Allen, who finished second with 6,577 points.

"Chris put it away in pole vault by clearing (16 feet, 2 inches), and then maintained that leverage," said Southern coach Tom Rutledge. "He had a good, consistent two days and I'm very pleased with his effort."

Turner won the pole vault and long jump in the 10-event competition.

Pittsburg State's Shawn Hoyle finished third with 6,294 points, followed by Northwest Missouri State's Ingram Courtland in fourth (6,183) and Emporia State's John Hoover (6,058) to round out the top five.

Southern freshman Sam McDonald finished in 10th place with 5,183 points.

"Sam fouled all three times in the javelin and lost about 500 points," Rutledge said. "But, we accomplished one of our goals, and we have 10 points heading into the conference meet."

The MIAA Outdoor Championships will be held Saturday and Sunday at Pittsburg State.

Golfers tied for first at regional tourney

Missouri Southern moved into a tie for first after opening play Monday in the NCAA Division II Central Regional Golf Tournament at the St. Joseph Country Club in St. Joseph, Mo.

The Lions stand deadlocked at 14-over-par 298 with Washburn going into the second of three days of competition today on the par-71 course. The format calls for 18 holes each day through Wednesday.

Other team finishes Monday were: Winona State 299, host Missouri Western 301, Central Missouri State 305, Truman State 319, Southwest Baptist and Bemidji State 322.

Pittsburg State's two entries, Brian Black and Dustin Edge, shot a 77 and 87, respectively. Black and Edge are graduates of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School.

Washburn's Chris McGown fired a 70 to claim the low score. Both Washburn and Southern ended the day with at least four players in the top 10.

"This is one of the those rare times this year when we have had all five of our players in the 70s," said Kevin Greim, Southern coach.

Travis Stockholm led the way for the Lions with a 72 to tie Missouri Western's Brice Garnett for third individually. Winona State's Justin Carrier shot an even par 71 to hold second place.

Other scores for Southern were: Danny Sinksen 74, Ben Perry and Geir Askvik with 76 each and Andy Kohler 78.

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