Piepenbrink runner-up in pole vault
| Dakota Smith reporter |
The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the NCAA Division II National Championships on Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Pitt State had five athletes earn All-American Honors, four of them earned on the first day.
The high finisher for the Gorillas was junior Jeff Piepenbrink.
Piepenbrink finished second in the pole vault by clearing 16-8.75, losing only to Jordan Yamoah of Texas A&M Kingsville, who cleared 17-0.75.
The high finisher for the women was freshman Heather Glenn, who finished fourth in the pole vault by clearing 12-1.5.
Senior Steven Mann finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 14-2.25. Senior Jessica Macy was the fourth and final Gorilla to earn All-American honors on the first day by finishing third in the 5,000 meter with a time of 17:09.08.
Day one of the tournament also saw sophomore Andre Sanders qualify for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles.
The men were tied for sixth place, and the women tied for fifth place Friday.
Saturday saw the fifth Gorilla to qualify for All-American Honors: Sanders. He finished seventh in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.06.
The men finished 14th overall with 14 points. St Augustine’s won the National Championship with 84.5 points. On the women’s side, the Gorillas finished 21st with 10 points. Adams State captured the title, finishing with 67 points.
The Gorillas will now focus on its outdoor season, which begins Saturday, March 29, at home with the PSU Invitational.
They will then travel to Emporia on April 5 for the ESU State Farm Relays.