The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 19, 2014

Southern's Emberton runs 800 provisional

Missouri Southern’s Kindra Emberton placed seventh among a competitive 800-meter field at the Kansas Relays on Saturday in Lawrence.

Emberton earned a provisional qualifying mark, finishing in 2:12.5. The field included several NCAA Division I runners, including KU’s Rhavean King, who won with a time of 2:10.28.

“She did well against some great competition,” Missouri Southern women’s track and field coach Patty Vavra said. “There were two sections of the 800, and she ran in the fast section. That was her best time of the year.”

Meanwhile, Missouri Southern’s men’s and women’s track and field teams earned several wins and provisional qualifying marks at the Missouri S&T “Dewey Allgood” Invite in Rolla, Mo.

The Lion women won five events.

Sprinter Amber White won the 200 and 400 meters. Her time of 55.68 seconds in the 400 was good for a provisional qualifying mark.

Whitney Hardy earned a solid provisional mark in the high jump, winning the event with a height of 5-8. The mark ranks her eighth nationally.

“She had a good mark in the high jump,” Vavra said. “It feels like she was chasing that mark for several meets. I hope that will be enough to get her into the national meet.”

Missouri Southern’s Shelby Sutherland and Taylor Alumbaugh followed Hardy with second- and third-place finishes in the high jump.

Ashleigh McFarland was second in the pole vault with a provisional height of 11-11.75.

Kaylee Morgan was second in the long jump with a provisional distance of 19-0.75, while Brittani Reagan was third and Shelby Nwell was fifth.

Reagan was third in the triple jump with a provisional distance of 39-10.5.

Sierra Gray won the steeplechase in a time of 12:14.75, while Sydney Potts wo the 800 in 2:16.33.

The Missouri Southern men received 12 top-10 finishes at Rolla.

Darion Boure placed third in the long jump with a provisional distance of 23-8.75.

“He had a pretty strong provisional,” MSSU men’s coach Bryan Schiding said. “We just got to get him hitting that board a little more consistently.”

Missouri Southern had the top five finishers in the 5,000 meters. Andrew Webster won the event with a time of 15:11.1, which was nearly a four-second personal best. Tyler Rush, Adrian Todd, Jake Benton and Ryan Jackson followed.

Clark Tanksley won the high jump with a provisional height of 6-9.5.

Jazz Allen was second the 110 hurdles and third in the 400 hurdles. Nathan Henry won the steeplechase with a time of 9:54.48, while Drake Smelser was second.

Missouri Southern will be at home Friday for the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational at Fred G. Hughes Stadium.

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