KINGSVILLE, Texas — The Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State women’s track and field teams both had national champions at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Javelina Stadium.
Missouri Southern’s Morgan Ash topped the field in the javelin with a heave of 168 feet, 8 inches. The throw was one inch away from her own school record and was three feet farther than the second-place finisher.
Also in the javelin, MSSU freshman Katelyn Mooney was seventh (153-0) to earn All-American honors, while Elizabeth Pomatto was ninth and Alexis Kuehl was 18th.
Southern’s Desirea Buerge was the runner-up in the shot put after recording a school-record toss of 53-9. The toss was just nine centimeters behind the top throw. It was the second all-American performance of the weekend for the Webb City product as she placed fourth in the discus on Friday.
Also for the Lions, Payton Roberts placed fourth in the shot put with a toss of 52-8.25, giving Southern two All-Americans in the event.
Missouri Southern’s Emily Presley finished as the runner-up in the pole vault by clearing 13-0.75. It’s Presley’s sixth All-American finish, as she finished up her outdoor eligibility with two national titles and four All-American honors.
In the same event, Elena Bisotto took 12th and Lauren Sutherland was 19th.
Morgan Smith finished eighth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.98. It was Smith’s fourth all-American performance of her career.
The Missouri Southern women finished sixth in the team standings with 41 points, just one point out of fifth place and six points from a podium finish.
The top five teams were Lincoln (64), Adams State (54), Grand Valley State (47.5), West Texas A&M (47) and San Francisco State (42).
For the Missouri Southern men, Rajindra Campbell took fifth in the shot put with a toss of 60-5.75 and Rajheim Carby placed seventh in the javelin with a toss of 213-0.
The Missouri Southern men finished 24th with 12 points.
The top five teams were Ashland (54), Angelo State (53), St. Augustine’s (38), Grand Valley State (35) and Tiffin (34.5).
The two Southern teams combined to have 12 All-Americans at the event.
The Pittsburg State women had two national champions and the Gorillas finished eighth in the team standings with 27 points.
Haven Lander captured the national title in the pole vault by clearing 14-0.5, shattering the school record. A sophomore from Republic, Lander also won the indoor title in March.
Pittsburg State’s Courtney Nelson crossed the line first in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.06.
The PSU 4x100 relay team of Nia Lunn, Christine Williams, Danyel Newsome and Nelson placed third in 45.95 seconds.
Jena Black finished eighth in the shot put with a toss of 49-9.
The PSU men finished 13th in the team standings with 20 points.
Joshua Hudiburg and Jerod Toogood finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the javelin.
Konner Swenson placed seventh in the shot put with a toss of 60-0.5.