PSU track competes at MSSU invitational

Michael Bauer | sports editor

It didn’t take junior Jeff Piepenbrink long to post the top mark in pole vault for NCAA Division II and it didn’t take freshman Heather Glenn long to qualify for the national indoor track and field championship in women’s pole vault, either.
Competing at the Missouri Southern State Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 11, the Pittsburg State track and field teams sent a few individuals to Joplin, Mo.
Piepenbrink cleared 17 feet, 1.5 inches to finish first and break the Pitt State indoor record in the discipline. The mark also broke PSU assistant coach Kyle Rutledge’s facility record at the MSSU invitational.
He finished ahead of MSSU’s Michael Juergens, who cleared 15-5.
Glenn finished second in the women’s pole vault with a provisional qualifying mark of 11-9.75. It was the sixth-best mark in school history. Glenn finished behind Ederle Rachel of Missouri S&T who won the event with a clearance of 12-01.50.
Freshman Jayce Phelps finished fourth in the men’s pole vault at 14-11. Freshman Preston Coffman ended up in sixth in the discipline at 14-5.25.
Senior Ashley Bowman placed seventh in the women’s pole vault at 10-10.
Piepenbrink finished sixth in the 600-yard run, crossing the line in a time of 1 minute, 20 seconds.
Craig also competed in the 600-yard run, finishing seventh in a time of 1:23:23.
Miles Migliara of MSSU won the 600-yard in a time of 1:15.24.
Piepenbrink was also in the shot put event, tossing 39-6 and placing 10th overall to wrap up a busy day. He was named to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) track and field athlete of the week for Jan. 14.
Alex Garza of Coffeyville Community College was first in the shot put, tossing a 52-02.25.
The PSU track and field teams will next compete at the University of Central Missouri Invite on Friday, Jan. 24, in Warrensburg, Mo.

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