PSU track team competes at Lion Invitational

| Michael Bauer sports editor |

The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s track teams completed a two-day meet at the Missouri Southern State Lions Invitational on Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, in Joplin, Mo.
Senior Keenan Soles and Junior Ramie Grayson picked up victories in the long jump on the first day.
For Soles, it was a record-setting day as the senior crushed the Pitt State record of 24 feet, 11.75 inches from 1995 with his jump of 25-8.
Grayson won the women’s long jump competition with a personal best mark of 18 feet, 9 inches. Her jump earned her a provisional qualifying mark to the indoor national championships.
Senior Steven Mann took third in the men’s long jump with a mark of 23-10. Junior Luke Wilson picked up a provisional qualifying mark with a third-place finish in the men’s weight throw. He threw 57-3.
Sophomore Cassie Casswell earned a provisional qualifying mark in the women’s weight throw with a fourth-place finish of 52-10.75.
Grayson also had a provisional qualifying time of 7.75 seconds in the 60 meters. Her third-place finish in the prelims was enough for her to advance to the finals of the competitions, which took place on Saturday. Grayson also took fourth in the 200 meters in a time of 25.59.
Freshman Bryce Starks’s and senior Kyle Utsey’s times of 6.92 and 6.98, respectively, were enough for them to advance to Saturday’s finals in the men’s 60 meters.
Freshman Emily Dearman took fourth in the women’s pentathlon with 3,443 points.
On Saturday, junior Jeff Pipenbrink took the meet title in the pole vault with a winning clearance of 17 feet, 1 inch. Pipenbrink is the national leader in the discipline but fell short of his school record of 17-1.5.
Freshman Bo Farrow was third in the shot put, throwing 51-10.5. Senior Cody Holland took fourth with a throw of 51-2.25, and sophomore Garrett Appier tossed for 50-11 to finish fifth in the shot put.
Junior Marquise Cushon finished runner-up in the triple jump after a mark of 48-4.75. In the running events, senior Adam Volkert was third in the mile run with a time of 4:15.05. Junior Jordan Peters was runner-up in the 800 meters with a time of 1:55.65.
For the Pitt State women, freshman Heather Glenn took fifth overall in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-4.5. She improved her national qualifying mark in addition to her top mark in the Mid-America Athletic Association (MIAA).
Grayson placed third in the 60 meters, crossing the finish line at 7.77.
The Pittsburg State track teams will now turn their attention to the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8, at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

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