Gorilla men win MIAA title; women fourth
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
One and a-half points. That’s all that separated the Pittsburg State men’s track team from second place at the conference indoor track and field title as the Gorillas claimed the championship on Sunday, March 2.
The Gorillas outdid the Lions of Missouri Southern State at the MIAA championship in Joplin, Mo.
PSU finished with 130.5 total points over MSSU’s 129. It was the Gorillas first indoor league title in 19 years and the program’s third MIAA indoor title overall.
The title ended a six-year run by Central Missouri University as the Mules took fourth with 77.2 points.
It all started with senior Adam Volkert, who won the mile run in a time of 4:16.21. He later picked up four crucial points in a fifth place finish in the 3,000 meter run, clocking in at 8:40.71.
Junior Andre Sanders captured the MIAA title in the 60 meter hurdles finishing in 8.07.
In the shot put freshman Bo Farrow placed second at 53-6.25. Senior Cody Holland was fourth in 52-2.75 and sophomore Garrett Appier took sixth with 51-8.5. Junior Luke Wilson placed seventh in 51-1.75.
Junior Jeff Piepenbrink won the MIAA title in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-10. He made the top mark in Division II this season. Junior Jordan Peters finished runner-up in the 600-yard run in a time of 1:14.11.
Junior Steven Mann earned All-MIAA honors in the long jump with a third-place finish in 23-8.75. Senior Kyle Utsey took sixth in the discipline at 22-11.
Senior James Carter III finished in fifth place in the 800 meters in 1:56.21. His three points gave PSU a crucial 125.5 to 102 lead at the time.
MSSU pushed a 15-point comeback in the 200 meters with Jeff Fraley winning the race and Erron Hailey claiming fourth for the Lions closing the gap to 125.5 to 117.
But Volkert kept the Gorillas in the winning position with a fifth-place finish in the 3,000 meters.
On Sunday the Gorillas got field event victories by juniors Luke Wilson and Marquise Cushon.
Wilson won the weight throw with a toss of 58-9.5 while Cushon won the triple jump with a jump of 49-7.
Piepenbrink also finished as the MIAA runner-up in the heptathlon. Holland took third in the weight throw with 55-9.25.
The victory added another trophy to PSU’s track and field program, along with the Gorillas’ two-time defending MIAA outdoor titles.
The Gorilla women finished fourth at the 2014 MIAA Indoor Championships.
PSU finished with 59 points while Lincoln University captured its fourth straight conference crown with 153 points. MSSU took second with 123.5 points, followed by Central Missouri with 82 points.
Senior Jessica Macy finished MIAA runner-up in the 5,000 meters on Saturday, March 1, and followed it up with an runner-up finish in the 3,000 meters on Sunday, March 2, finishing the race in a time of 10:00.55.
Junior Ramie Grayson placed fifth in the long jump in 18-9.25 while taking sixth in the 60 meters in 7.68. She took sixth in the 200 meters in 25.44.
Freshman Hannah DeVries ended up taking seventh in the 3,000 meters in 10:19.35.
Freshman Heather Glenn captured the MIAA title in the pole vault. She had a clearance of 12-6.25. Sophomore Cassie Caswell was fourth in the weight throw in a toss of 55-8.5. Sophomore Darien Stancell took fifth in the discipline in 54-10.25. Freshman Deja Snell picked up a point with her eighth-place finish in the triple jump in 37-7.25.
The next meet for the Gorillas indoor track and field squads will be the NCAA Division II National Championships on Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, in Winston-Salem, N.C.