Track athletes post qualifiers at UCM invite

| Michael bauer sports editor |

Taking a full team with them, the Pittsburg State men’s and women’s indoor track teams competed at the University of Central Missouri Invite on Friday, Jan. 24, in Warrensburg, Mo.
The Gorilla men posted four individual victories while the women picked up two.
Freshman Bo Farrow won the men’s shot put, posting a top mark of 53 feet, 6.25 inches.
Sophomore Garrett Appier finished second with a mark of 53-3, and senior Cody Holland was third with a mark of 51-8.5. The performances were enough for all three athletes to post provisional qualifying marks. Holland also finished fourth in the weight throw with 53-4.5.
Junior Jordan Peters won the 800 meters in a time of 1 minute, 55.57 seconds and earned a provisional qualifying mark. Senior Keenan Soles won the long jump event with a provisional qualifying mark of 24-2.5. Sole’s jump is the second-best mark in Division II to date.
Freshman J.L. Savage also earned a victory in the triple jump with a winning mark of 45-10.
Freshman Bryce Starks finished second in the 60-meter run with a time of 6.89, finishing behind Adriel Hawkins of Missouri S&T, who won the event in 6.86. Starks still managed a provisional qualification.
Junior Luke Wilson posted a provisional qualifying mark with a third-place finish in the weight throw of 57-2.
Freshman Andrew Rodgers placed second in the mile run. His time was 4:29.46, finishing behind Austin Gott of Central Missouri whose winning time was 4:28.05.
Freshman Zach Craig took third in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.63.
Senior Kyle Utsey finished third in the long jump after going 22-4.25. Senior Steven Mann took fourth in the discipline in a mark of 22-3.75.
For the Gorilla women, junior Ramie Grayson took first in the 60 meters in a time of 7.82 seconds and placed second in the long jump with a mark of 17.825, finishing behind Carmen King of Emporia State, who posted 18.01.
Freshman Deja Snell earned a provisional qualifying mark in the triple jump. Her jump of 38-0.25 was enough to give her first place.
Freshman Heather Glenn posted a provisional qualification with a third-place finish in the pole vault, going 12-1.5.
Sophomore Shannon Danaher took second in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:29.31.
Sophomore Cassie Caswell took second in the shot put, throwing for 40-8.75, finishing behind Heavin Warner of Central Missouri, who threw 44-03.25.
Sophomore Darien Stancell placed third in the weight throw. She tossed for 52-1.25. Freshman Amira Jenkins finished third in the high jump, going 4-11.75.
The Gorilla track team now turns its attention to the Missouri Southern State University Lion Invite on Friday, Jan. 31, in Joplin, Mo. The team will compete through Saturday, Feb. 1.

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