Men occupy top 10

Amelia Mallatt | Collegio Reporter

John Talbert highlighted a successful day for the PSU men’s track team, earning a provisional qualifying mark toward the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championships. Talbert earned the mark and a personal-best in the weight throw with a distance of 58 feet, 9 1/4 inches. Luke Wilson finished in second with a throw of 53 feet.
Assistant coach Brian Mantooth was pleased to see Talbert reach his potential at the meet.
“It was expected of him,” Mantooth said. “He is peaking at the right time of the year. I look for him to have another solid meet this week in Nebraska.”
Cody Holland finished in third place in the shot put with a throw of 49-10 1/2, helping the team with a strong performance.
Adam Volkert and Jordan Peters also took home first place finishes in their individual races. Volkert won the mile run with a time of 4 minutes, 19.68 seconds. Peters won in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.23.
Also making noise for the men were Ethan Silovsky and Tyler Anliker, who placed second and third respectively in the 5,000 meters. Silovsky’s time was 15:41.74 while Anliker’s was 15:49.01.

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In the pole vault Colbie Snyder tied for second place with a vault of 15-5.
Keenan Soles, T.J Mapp and Randy Mustain all finished third in their events. Soles, who is known more for his prowess in the jumping events, took home a third-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.92 seconds.
Mapp was among four Gorillas who finished in the top eight in the mile run, earning a third place finish with a time of 4:23.45. Brice Irving finished two seconds behind Mapp in fifth place with a time of 4:25.25 while Chris Musgrove came in eighth with a time of 4:30.10.
Mustain was the only Pitt State competitor in the 200 meters, finishing the race in 22.89 seconds, good enough for third place.
The men will compete again at the Nebraska Tune-Up on Friday, Feb. 17, in Lincoln, Neb., before heading to the MIAA Indoor Championships in Joplin, Mo., on Feb. 24.

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