The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 14, 2013

Lions qualify 12 for track nationals

Pittsburg State sending nine men, four women

From staff reports

— Missouri Southern has qualified a dozen athletes — six men and six women — for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, it was announced Tuesday.

Pittsburg State is sending four women and nine men to the meet, scheduled May 23-25 in Pueblo, Colo.

The Lions qualified a total of nine entries for the men’s meet and seven for the women.

Two Missouri Southern jumpers are seeded third in their events — Darion Boure in the men’s triple jump (51 feet, 23⁄4 inches) and Kaylee Morgan in the women’s long jump (20-13⁄4).

No. 5 seeds belong to Michael Juergens in the pole vault (17-0) and Brittani Reagan in the long jump (19-111⁄2).

Dustin Green is entered in three field events, ranking seventh in the discus (180-2), 10th in the hammer throw (194-8) and 14th in the shot put (56-41⁄2).

Sprinter Jeff Fraley is the Lions’ lone runner to make nationals, ranking seventh in the 200 meters (20.89) and tied for 11th in the 100 (10.38).

Jayce Thomas is No. 15 in the triple jump (49-81⁄4), and Seth Hackney is now off the bubble and in the field in the shot put (No. 20 at 55-33⁄4).

Kylie Cornman’s career-best 48-63⁄4 in the shot put at last week’s MSSU last-chance meet ranks eighth nationally. At the same meet, Whitney Hardy’s 5-8 effort in the high jump moved her up into a tie for 10th.

Three Lions are tied for 15th in their events — Reagan in the triple jump (40-4) and Sydney Haase and Ashleigh McFarland in the pole vault (12-51⁄2).

Pittsburg State’s Larissa Richards and Keenan Soles qualified in three events apiece.

Richards is second in the discus (181-0), fourth in the shot put (50-61⁄4) and 20th in the hammer (127-8).

Soles ranks 14th in the long jump (24-73⁄4), 20th in the 200 (21.16), and he joins Jason Crow, Jordan Riffel and Kyle Utsey on the 4x100 relay team that qualified fifth (40.23).

In other men’s field events, the Gorillas’ John Talbert qualified third in the discus (186-8) and 18th in the hammer (190-11). Marquise Cushon is ninth in the triple jump (50-10), Jeff Piepenbrink 10th in the pole vault (16-91⁄4), Shane Lundquist 12th in the discus (174-4) and Utsey 20th in the long jump (24-1).

Other PSU women going to nationals are Emily Ballock in the 400 hurdles (1:00.25, No. 10) and Amber Kloster (141-11, No. 18) and Aimi Orton (140-11, No. 20) in the javelin.