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McKenzie Penne, sophomore multis, falls into the sand while jumping in the long jump on Saturday, April 13. Within the Gorilla Classic meet the Gorillas got six victories and a few NCAA qualifying marks. Logan Wiley

Track and field teams compete at Mule Relays

The Track and Field teams travelled to Warrensburg, Missouri to compete in the Mule Relays hosted by the University of Central Missouri Friday, April 19.  

Head coach Russ Jewett believes the team did some things well and other things not so well.  

“I think it was a little mix of good and not great,” Jewett said. “It was a kind of an up and down competition for us both one on the women and the men (teams) but we had some good things happen, I think, especially in the field events.”  

Several of the competitors on the women’s team stood out to Jewett during the competition.  

Well the weather was not great,” Jewett said. “It was pretty windy… but I think we did okay with the weather… I guess I could highlight individuals. On the women’s side, Bri Cooks won the hammer with a nice toss (and it was) about as far as she has ever thrown… Hanna Fergasun won the long jump… Renee Rhodes in the pole vault… Courtney Nelson won two races the 100 hurdles and the 400 hurdles… So those folks did really well.” 

A couple of competitors on the men’s team stood out to Jewett as well. 

“On the men’s side, Kai Miller broke the school pole vault record,” Jewett said. “That was great stuff and he won against two really good vaulters. Josh Hudiburg won another javelin competition so that is really good for him… So those are the outstanding performances I would highlight there.” 

There were also a few competitors from both the men’s team and the women’s team who travelled to Los, Angeles to participate in the Bryan Clay Invitational.  

“We also did have some athletes go out to California,” Jewett said. “… I would highlight that too… Piper Misse ran 17 minutes and 10 seconds in the 5k. That was probably the highlight of the folks out there. Not quite a national qualifying time but really close. Jordan Puvogel ran 438 in a lifetime best in the 1500. Connar Southard on the mens side (in the) 1500 ran 3:53. Again not quite enough to get a qualifying mark but all those of those kids are knocking on the door for provisional qualifying times.”  

Pittsburg State is hosting the Wendy’s Tune-Up Friday, April 26 in the Robert W. Plaster Center.  

This week we host a meet that we have not hosted before,” Jewett said. “We are hosting a Wendy’s Invitational we looted from early season to late season to accommodate a gap in our schedule. It is a run-up meet really for our conference championships so everything we do in this meet will be… late season preparations to get ready for conference championships which are the following weekend… We will be keeping everybody together as a team here to compete.”  

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