The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 16, 2014

MSSU track riding high

MIAA championship meet on the horizon

NORMAN, Okla. — Missouri Southern track and field coaches Patty Vavra and Bryan Schiding were in a good mood after the efforts of their athletes in the Oklahoma Baptist University Indoor Invite on Saturday.

Said Schiding: “It was a successful meet, It gave our athletes confidence. I think the guys were pleased, too.”

Echoed Vavra: “Definitely, it was successful. We had nearly 10 provisional qualifying marks.”

Southern coaches hope the positive tuning up continues next weekend at Nebraska with the MIAA Indoor Championships the following weekend in Joplin.

Added Schiding: “Our performance today (the competition was held at the University of Oklahoma) strengthens us for the conference and national standings.”

Highlights for the MSSU women, Vavra said, starts perhaps with Amber White winning the 400 meters. The junior from Cuba (Mo.) logged her career best of 56.73.

Jasmin Hughes won the open 200 in 25.20. “For Jasmin,” Vavra said, “that’s kind of breaking out after struggling early in the season,”

 Three Southern triple jumpers reached qualifying marks, Vavra said, with Brittani Reagan placing first (39:08). White runner-up (38:07.75) and Shelby Newell third (37:10). Reagan added third in the long jump (18-08.5).

Kylie Cornman won the shot put (47-0.25) and was fourth in the weight throw (51-01.75).

Cassy Kendrick was third in the 3,000 meters (10:24.17). “That was a great time for her,” Vavra said.

Placing second in the distance medley with a 12:18:59 were Kindra Emberton, White, Sydney Potts and Emily Harris.

Kaitlyn Belisle was second in the 5,000 with a career best 17:40.15. Whitney Hardy tied atop the high jump (6:06.75).

Jeff Fraley stood out for the Southern men, Schiding said, by winning the 60 meters in a Lions’ record time of 6.76 ousting his 6.76.

Fraley won the open 200 in 21.9 by besting teammate Erron Holley (22.28). Anthony Price was third in the 400 (49.78).

“We ran very well in the 3,000,” Schiding said. “Andrew Webster was very strong. (Tyler) Rush and (Eric) Schott also performed well.”

Webster was second in 8:35.12. Rush and Schott were third and fourth, respectively, in 8:36.46 and 8:36.74.

Schiding said that Carthage freshman Bryan Burns had personal bests in the weight throw (fifth at 53-00.25) and 10th in the shot (48-06.25.

Baxter Springs sophomore Tylor Albright won the long jump in 23-6. Also, Darion Boure won the triple jump in 49-07.25.

“That puts Darion about fourth nationally,” Schiding said. “It was an excellent week for our horizontal jumpers.”


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