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May 25, 2013

MSSU's Green, Reagan earn All-America honors; PSU's Talbert wins discus

PUEBLO, Colo. — Dustin Green and Brittani Reagan gave Missouri Southern two more All-America performances on Friday in the outdoor track and field championships.

Green placed fifth in the discus, and Reagan finished seventh in the triple jump, giving the Lions four All-Americans after two days.

Green’s best throw of 180 feet, 11 inches was nine inches farther than his previous best. He qualified at 170-9 after three throws, fouled on his first throw in the finals and then uncorked his career-best throw on his next attempt.

“Dustin had to move up from eighth place,” Lions coach Tom Rutledge said. “It was great competition.”

Reagan, after an eighth-place effort Thursday in the long jump, took seventh in the triple jump at 40-83⁄4, about four inches better than her former high mark.

She jumped from 13th place to eighth on her second jump during the prelims, then made her best jump on the second attempt in the finals.

“She had a bigger jump on the third attempt but barely scratched,” Lions coach Patty Vavra said. “It was very hot competition. Two women jumped over the national record. The great thing about Brittani, the tougher the competition, she just steps up and competes very well, particularly for a freshman.

“We’ve had very few athletes who have been multiple All-Americans in the same championships, and for her to do it back-to-back as a freshman in two competitive events, it’s impressive.”

“Today it was blazing hot, over 90 degrees with heavy winds. As the day heated up, Brittani did as well.”

The Lions’ Jeff Fraley barely missed — one spot or .12 seconds — in his attempt to qualify for today’s final in the 200 meters. Fraley placed sixth in his heat at 21.01 seconds, crossing the finish line behind five qualifiers.

“Farley ran hard but was just nosed out,” Rutledge said.

The Lions have entries in five field events today — Green and Seth Hackney in the men’s shot put, Kylie Cornman in the women’s shot put, Michael Juergens in the pole vault, Darion Boure and Jayce Thomas in the triple jump and Whitney Hardy in the high jump.

PSU’s Talbert wins discus

John Talbert capped his two-year career at Pittsburg State by winning the discus at 196-7, a school record and a stadium record. He is the Gorillas’ first track and field national champion since Jeremy Jackson won the 60-meter hurdles indoors in 2010.

Talbert did not reach 180 feet on his first four attempts, then he threw 188-2 on his fifth throw and his record-breaker on the final throw.

Max Alonso of Fort Hays State, the top seed in the event at 190-8, placed 15th at 161-1.

Larissa Richards finished second in the women’s discus at 171-5, approximately 20 feet behind winner Sam Lockhart of Grand Valley State. Richards also was second in the discus in 2011.

On the track, Keenan Soles ran a personal-best 21.02 seconds in the 200 prelims but was 11th overall, two spots away from making the nine-man final.

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