Continuing the winning ways
Tyler Smith Sports Writer
The Pitt State men’s outdoor track and field team earned four individual event wins in the third annual Gorilla Classic on Saturday, April 16. Ethan Hobbs won the pole vault competition after clearing 15 feet, 7 inches. Hobbs earned a provisional qualifying mark to nationals with the victory. “I qualified for nationals my very first outdoor meet,” Hobbs said. “I haven’t had all the stress of trying to clear the bar to get in, so I’ve just been able to focus on winning.” Cody Holland won the shot put title with a throw of 49-2.5 while Ethan Silovsky turned in a personal-best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with a time of nine minutes, 54.99 seconds. Adam Volkert also won this past weekend, finishing first in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:58.01. Gavin Wuthrich placed fourth in the hammer with a provisional qualifying toss of 184-6, while Calvin Hughes posted a second place PQ throw of 197-2 in the javelin. Zach Simpson once again posted a career-best performance in the 400-meter hurdles, earning second in the event with a time of 54.04. The women’s team also came on strong this past weekend at Prentice Gudgen Track, posting four wins as well.
Larissa Richards set a stadium record in the shot put while securing a provisional qualifying mark in the event. Richards also came in second in the discus with a provisional mark of 147-6.
Richards threw for 48 feet, 1.25 inches to break the 11-year-old record previously held by Kara Brockmeier from Emporia at 47 feet, 7 inches in 2000. Other notable performances showed Amber Kloster winning the javelin throw with a PQ mark of 145-8, while Monica Wuertz placed second in the same event with a PQ distance of 132-0. Emily Ballock continued her winning ways, earning first in the 400-meter hurdles with a PQ time of 1:01.24, while Gretchen Clark placed second in the high jump. Lesli Gilbert also qualified to nationals with a fourth-place throw of 163-2 in the hammer. Also coming to win was Kaley Temaat, who won the 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:39.18, while Michelle Mitchell placed second in the pole vault with a jump of 11-8.
Next up for the Gorillas is a meet on Friday, April 22, at the Central Missouri Mule Relays in Warrensburg, Mo.