Gorillas with three events at MSSU Invitational

| Dakota Smith reporter |

The Pittsburg State track and field teams competed at the MSSU Bill Laptad Invitational on Friday, April 25. The invitational was the final tune-up before the MIAA Championships, which will begin Friday, May 2.
The men’s team saw freshman Bo Farrow win discus with a throw of 171-7. Senior Cody Holland finished second with a throw of 165-9 and fellow senior Shane Lundquist finished fourth with a throw of 161-1. Farrow holds the top mark in the MIAA heading into the conference championships, while Lundquist sits third and Holland sits fourth.
Junior Jeff Piepenbrink won the pole vault with a clearance of 16-10.75, which is the top mark in the conference. Piepenbrink was named the MIAA Field Athlete of the Week.
Sophomore Garrett Appier won the shot put with a mark of 57-9.5, the second best throw in the conference, and Farrow holds the third for best throw in the conference.
Junior Luke Wilson finished second in the hammer throw with a toss of 175-4. Wilson holds the second best mark in the conference with a throw of 184-8.
Senior Steven Mann finished third in the long jump with a mark of 24-2.5 and goes into the MIAA Championships with the fourth best mark.
Junior Andre Sanders finished second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.48. Sanders has the fourth fastest time in the MIAA.
Other Gorilla men with top five marks or times in the conference heading to the championships are freshman Bryce Starks, fifth in the 100 meters, junior Jordan Peters, third in the 800 meters, junior Marquel Nickens, third in the 400m hurdles, junior Marquise Chuson, second in triple jump, freshman Jordan Morton, third in javelin, and his teammates Adam Farnow and Garret Cantrell sit fourth and fifth. The 4X100 relay team is second.
For the women, junior Antqunita Reed finished second in the long jump at MSSU with a mark of 19-11.75. She also finished second in the 100 meters with a time of 11.95. Reed sits first in the triple jump, second in long jump and third in the 100 meters.
Freshman Emilyn Dearman finished second in the high jump with a clearance of 5-3.25. Dearman sits third in the conference in the heptathlon and fifth in the 400m hurdles.
Sophomore Cassie Caswell finished third in the shot put with a mark of 46-9, which is the fourth best mark in the conference. She also sits fifth in the hammer throw.
Sophomore Darien Stancell finished third in the hammer throw with a mark of 158-6 and sits third in the MIAA.
Sophomore D’Andria Blow finished third in the discus with a throw of 143-10.
Junior Jessica Macy competed at the Drake Relays and broke the school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:34.14, finishing seventh in a field with elite runners from Division I and Division II. Macy has the fastest times in the conference in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters.
Other Gorilla women who have top five marks or times in the conference heading to the MIAA Championships are sophomore Hannah DeVries, third in the 5,000 meters and fourth in the 10,000, freshman Heather Glenn, first in pole vault, sophomore Aimi Orton, third in javelin, and her teammate, senior Amber Kloster, is fourth.
The MIAA Championships are Friday, May 2, to Sunday, May 4, in Jefferson City, Mo.

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