Lions have stellar performance in final visit to PSU


Sophomore Lexie Pesek clearing a hurdle on the MSSU Track at Fred G. Hughes Stadium in the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational on Apr. 24, 2015. Pesek’s best finish this outdoor season came in the SBU Bearcat Invite where she placed 5th with a time of 16.04. Her personal best is 15.75 set in the David Suenram Gorilla Classic last weekend.

The David Suenram Gorilla Classic marked the seventh and final time the Missouri Southern track & field teams traveled to Pittsburg State, Kan. to compete this track season. The men entered the event ranked 21st. The women entered the event ranked 25th.

To get things started, Jeff Fraley won the 200m race. He earned a provisional time of 20.87, just shy of tying his school record.

Freshman distance runner Vincent Kiprop broke the 10k record in Mt. Sac Relays, hosted by Mt. San Antonio College. Kiprop finished as the best D-II athlete as he was beaten out by only five D-1 runners and several professional athletes. He’s time of 29:20.45 was good for 12th beating the Southern record by 19 seconds. 

It wouldn’t stop there with the runners. In the 400m dash, four Lions finished in the top 15. Freshman Brandon Callicutt led the way finishing in nineth, while sophomore Thomas Hawkins was right behind him. Peyton Powell and Jacob Sholl were 12th and 13th respectively. 

Sophomore Sam Khors won the 800m with a time of 1:53.37. Khors has performed really well over the last three events as he’s won back-to-back 800m races.

Freshamn Sean Manhertz was fourth in the 110m hurdles setting a new personal best with a time of 15.16.

Freshman Cody Vogt snagged his first victory of his collegiate career winning the high jump event with a height of 6-09.

As for the ladies, freshman Emily Presley continued her scorching hot start to the outdoor season by setting a new pole vaulting record and finishing third behind two professional pole vaulters. Presley hit a record height of 13-00.25.

After resting in last weekend’s event, senior Kaylee Morgan won the long jump with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 20-02.50.

Sarah Usher placed third in the 1,500m with a time of 5:00.18, setting a new personal best. Cora Butcher-Spellman finished sixth in the event also, setting her personal best by more than 10 seconds.

The men’s team jumped 15 spots to from No.21 to No. 6 in the latest USTFCCCA rankings. The ladies jumped four spots to the No. 21 ranking.

Lions will be back in action next week with split squads seeing time at both the KU Relays and Central Missouri.