Track athletes compete at Nebraska Tune-up

| Michael Bauer sports editor |

The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed at the Nebraska Tune-up Meet on Friday, Feb. 21, in Lincoln, Neb.
It was the final preparation for the 2014 MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) indoor championships.
In the men’s action, freshman Bo Farrow placed second in the shot put with a toss of 53 feet, 5.75 inches. Sophomore Garrett Appier finished third in the discipline at 50-8.75, while junior Jeff Piepenbrink took third in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-9.5.
Christian Sanderfer of Nebraska was first in the pole vault with a clearance of 17-1.50. Craig Driver of Nebraska was ahead of Piepenbrink with a clearance of 16-9.50.
Freshman Jayce Phillips was 12th with a clearance of 14-10.00.
Junior Marquis Cushon took third in the triple jump with 46-10.25. He finished ahead of Wayne Northover of South Dakota State, while Davon Clark of Nebraska finished first with a jump of 47-6.25.
Sophomore Anthony Yates finished 29th in the 1-mile run in a time of 4:30.75.
Sophomore Luke Norris and junior Ryan Ramler were 15th and 16th, respectively, in the 60-meter hurdles. Norris finished in a time of 8.62 while Ramler was three seconds behind.
In the weight throw, junior Garrett Cantrell took fifth with a toss of 48-7.25.
Junior Joseph Talbert was sixth with a toss of 48-7.25.
For the Gorilla women, freshman Heather Glenn was third in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-2.75.
Paula Andrie and Tess Merrill of Nebraska were first and second, respectively, in the pole vault.
Senior Ashley Bowman was eighth in the pole vault with a clearance of 11-3.00.
Sophomore Cassie Caswell took third in the shot put with a throw of 46-10.75.
Caswell was fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 50-0.5. Sophomore Darien Stancell took fourth in the weight throw, throwing a distance of 51-7.
Veronica Grizzle of Nebraska was first in the weight throw, going 64-09.25.
In the triple jump, freshman Deja Snell was eighth with a jump of 37-0.50. She was followed by freshman Conner Schultz who had a jump of 34-9.00.
The next meet for the men’s and women’s indoor track squads will be at the Conference Championships, in Joplin, Mo., at Missouri Southern State University. The meet will run from Friday, Feb. 28, to Sunday, March 2, at MSSU’s Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. It’ll be the third time for a few of the PSU athletes to compete in Joplin, this season after participating in the MSSU Invitational and the Lion Invite in January.
Those who qualify will advance to the National Indoor Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C., Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15.

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