Lions impress at Pitt State Indoor Gorilla Classic

Travis Petersen particpating in the weight throw on Feb. 1

Travis Petersen particpating in the weight throw on Feb. 1

Travis Petersen particpating in the weight throw on Feb. 1

Kevin Jones

The Lion women and men picked up several NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the two days of action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10 at Pittsburg State University.

Lion Women

In day one sophomore Jasmine Deckard, freshman Lauren Sutherland, and junior Kirsten Leisinger earned NCAA provisional marks in their efforts in the 200m, pole vault, and weight throw respectively.  

“Hopefully we can continue to piece together the team in preparation for conference,” said Coach Bryan Schiding, said of his team’s showing. “It’s business as usual.”

Deckard placed third in the 200m with a time of 24.47. Sutherland placed first in the pole vault, setting a mark of 3.74m. Leisinger placed third in the weight throw with a distance of 17.18m.

In day two, the Lion women continued their weekend by breaking two school records.

Senior Morgan Smith broke the 60m hurdles record previously set by herself, and Deckard also broke her own record in the 60m dash.

Junior Desirea Buerge and junior Payton Roberts placed second and third in the shotput, with distances of 15.26m and 15.15m, respectively. Both athletes set NCAA provisional marks for their throws.

Sophomores Samantha Petry, Elena, Bisotto and Jordan Banker placed third, fourth and 10th, all setting NCAA provisional marks in the open pole vault.

Freshman Kelie Henderson placed sixth in the mile with a time of 5:05.67.

Lion Men

The Lion men picked up nine NCAA provisional marks at Pitt State.

Day one saw three top-three finishes with junior Travis Petersen finishing first in the weight throw with a distance of 18.88m, freshman Mason York finished third in the pole vault at 4.66m, and junior Brendan Watkins earning second in the long jump with a distance of 4.66m.

Freshman Mayson DeRousse finished fourth, just behind Watkins, in the pole vault with a height of 4.56m. 

Junior Josh Webb finished fifth in the 5k with a time of 14:45.20.

The second day of action brought more success, as five additional athletes set NCAA provisional marks.

Junior Rajindra Campbell finished third in the shotput, earning an NCAA provisional mark of 16.71m while senior Andrew Wells earned sixth in the high jump with a height of 2.03m. 

Sophomore Adrian Broadus and Watkins both earned NCAA provisional marks in the triple jump with distances of 15.21m and 14.99m, respectively.

The Lion men and women will be splitting up the team, with two different contingencies back in action on Friday, Feb. 15 at the University of Central Missouri and the University of Nebraska.