Women take several wins, four new provisional marks

Missouri Southern´s senior Melissa Turner captures fourth place in the pole vault competition during the Missouri Southern Track and Field Festival on April 2.

Missouri Southern´s senior Melissa Turner captures fourth place in the pole vault competition during the Missouri Southern Track and Field Festival on April 2.

While it was cool and windy last Friday, the sun shone through Saturday as the Lions earned four new provisional marks and six wins at the home meet.

“It was an awesome day,” said Jamie Burnham, assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach. “We couldn’t have asked for a better day as far as the weather goes.”

Southern went 1-2-3 in the 3,000-meter run with the top two finishers breaking Margaret Miklovic’s school record set in 2002 and receiving provisional marks.

Junior Erin Click is the new record holder with a 10:01.52 finish. Senior Ashley Caffey came in a close second with 10.02.05.

Junior Kelly Fanning took third with 10:29.15 while freshman Kelly O’Toole took fifth with 10:55.45.

“It was easy to take advantage of the weather and run the times we were supposed to,” Click said.

She was surprised with her time because she didn’t exactly know what to expect.

Senior Danee Jones won the hammer competition and received a provisional mark with a throw of 172-10. Freshman Jessica Selby came in third with 150-8. Littlefield placed fourth throwing 136-04. Michael went 130-7 for fifth.

The Lions finished 1-2 in the shot put. Selby took first and received a provisional mark with a throw of 43-11 1/4.

Selby said she was disappointed because she wanted to open up with 45-0 but says she has a good starting point for the season.

Jones claimed second with 42-8 1/4. Senior Chelsea Michael threw 38-0 for sixth place. Senior Ashley Clements, competing unattached, took seventh with 37-8. Freshman Amanda Littlefield placed ninth with 35-7 3/4.

Jones also won the discus competition by throwing 138-5. Her goal this season is to go to nationals in hammer, discus, and shot put like she did last year.

Coming in third in the discus was Littlefield with 125-0. Michael placed fifth with 119-9.

Whitney Metcalf, freshman, finished first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.90. She came back in January after recovering from ankle surgery last November.

Junior Ashley McClelland finished second in the event with 1:06.73 and Minard finished fifth in 1:10.44.

“A lot of people wouldn’t think 100 meters [more] is that big of a deal,” said Metcalf who ran the 300-meter hurdles in high school. “But it’s a whole lot worse.”

Metcalf hopes to get a better time and go to nationals.

In the triple jump, Castle covered 37-8 to win. Prince jumped to third with 36-7 1/2.

Junior Tara Simmons received fifth place in the javelin competition with a throw of 101-0.

Taking second place in the 100 -meter dash, freshman Whitney Metcalf finished with a time of 12:42. Junior Melissa Horn ran in 12.93 for fourth place.

In the 400-meter dash, junior Iashia Castle finished third in 58.45.

Sophomore Sarah Wallace ran her personal best this season in the 800-meter with 2:21.88 and claimed second place.

“If compared to where I was last year at this point to now,” she said, “it looks like I’m ahead.”

In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Dionne Prince earned second place with a time of 15.55. Freshman Rachel Minard finished fourth in 16.42.

The 4×100-meter relay came in second in 49.92. The team consisted of freshman Metcalf along with juniors Horn, Prince, and Castle.

The women’s 4×400-meter relay of Wallace, Minard, and juniors Ashley McClelland and Castle placed third with 4:02.77.

In the high jump competition, Horn claimed second place by leaping over 4-11 3/4.

Senior Melissa Turner placed fourth in the pole vault with a height of 10-8. Junior Jenni Blevins placed fifth with 10-2. Junior Madeline Cline cleared 9-2 1/4 for eighth place.

In the long jump, Prince took second with a leap of 17-4 3/4. Castle finished in third, only two inches behind Prince. Horn placed seventh with 16-7 3/4.

This weekend Southern will head to Emporia State University to compete.

“We’re getting into the meat of the outdoor season,” said Patty Vavra, head women’s track and field coach. “The next three will be challenging and quality meets.”