The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 1, 2014

Lions sweep in 5,000 meters at MIAA Indoor Championships

Missouri Southern’s Eric Schott overcame a late surge by Al Sanabria of Nebraska-Kearney and won the men’s 5,000 meters Saturday night in the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Schott, a sophomore, led the entire race until Sanabria passed him on the last lap. Schott then outsprinted Sanabria over the last 50 meters and won by 28 one-hundredths of a second with a time of 14 minutes, 33.95 seconds.

“When he first went around, it was, ‘Oh, no.’ “ Schott said. “The guys on the team kid around that I don’t have a kick. You have to have faith that the training is there.”

The women’s 5,000 meters, just before the men’s race, followed the same script until the ending. Missouri Southern’s Kaitlyn Belisle stayed within two strides of Pittsburg State’s Jessica Macy until Belisle passed her on the backstretch with 1 1/2 laps to go.

Belisle won in 17:31.90, eight seconds faster than her seeding time, and crossed the finish line 3 1/2 seconds ahead of Macy.

“My plan was to stay behind the girl in first and stay strong,” said Belisle, a senior. “I’ve been having to kick in my races lately. I wish I could have run a little faster, but I’m not a leader. I try to stay in the pack. It was fun to score those points for the team.”

MSSU broke the meet record in the men’s distance medley relay in the final event of the day. Andrew Webster, Anthony Price, Miles Migliara and William Rush won the event in 10:13.96.

Pittsburg State led the men’s team standings with 47 points. Missouri Southern was second with 39.

In the women’s division, Missouri Southern led with 45 points. Pittsburg State was second with 36 points, Central Missouri was third with 33 points and Lincoln was fourth with 30 points.

MSSU’s Brittany Reagan won the women’s triple jump with a leap of 39 feet, 11.25 inches, two inches more than Jonelle Campbell of Lincoln. The Lions’ Amber White was fourth.

“I was really excited,” Reagan said. “I tied my indoor PR (personal record), so it was a good day.”

The Lions placed two jumpers in the top three in the men’s triple jump. Darion Boure was second and Clark Tanksley was third in an event won by Marquise Cushon of Pittsburg State with a leap of 49 feet, 7 inches.

“I was jumping against myself,” said Boure, whose best jump of 48 feet, 10.25 inches came on his final attempt. “The whole facility was cheering and wanted me to jump my best and make everyone from Missouri Southern happy.”

Luke Wilson of Pittsburg State won the men’s weight throw with a distance of 58 feet, 9.5 inches even though he fouled on four of his six attempts. Teammate Cody Holland was third.

“A couple of them were toe fouls,” Wilson said. “I was just fortunate to get that third throw in. I was just hoping it wasn’t going to be a scratch, and when I looked up I was pretty happy.”

Missouri Southern freshman Bryan Burns was fourth, 1 3/4 inches behind Holland.

“It’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time,” Burns said. “Having my teammates behind me puts it over the top.”

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