Two silver medal finishes at the MIAA Indoor Championships


Beth Hammons

Junior Jeff Fraley

The women’s track and field team finished second and had three event wins and seven All-MIAA performances at the MIAA Indoor Championships held at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center over the weekend.

Kylie Cornman hit a provisional mark in the shot put and took home the title with a distance of 47-07.75. 

Kindra Emberton took home the title in the mile with a provisional time of 5:01.74, while another Lion, Emily Harris, earned All-MIAA status with a third-place finish in the mile in a time of 5:03.61.

“ I was very excited to find out my last indoor conference would be defending our turf,” said Cornman. “I’m proud of my team and the legacy we are leaving behind.”

Kaitlyn Belisle won the 3k the day after taking home the title in the 5k. Belisle took the lead on the final lap and got to a provisional time of 9:57.80.

Kaylee Morgan earned third in the long jump with an All-MIAA jump of 19-00.50. Amber White was second in the 400m dash with a provisional time of 55.90, while Sydney Potts placed third in the 600-yard run, both earning All-MIAA honors.

The Lions scored 123.5 points to finish second in the team standings. Lincoln won the team title with 153 points, while Central Missouri was third with 82 points.

White, Emberton, Whitney Hardy, Morgan, Brittani Reagan and Kylie Morgan qualified for nationals.

For the men, sprinter Jeff Fraley won the high-point award and the men’s track with 20.75 points and field program narrowly missed out on a team title. Fraley won both the 60m and 200m today after qualifying tops in both events. He raced to an automatic qualifying time of 6.74 in the 60m and hit another AQ in the 200m with a time of 21.60. Erron Holley placed fourth in the 200m and sixth in the 60m. 

“I was pretty upset we lost, but I told the team what I expect from myself and them from now on,” said Holley. “Having conference at home was definitely a plus, having the support from MOSO helped out a lot!”

Eric Schott nearly pulled out a win in the 3k a day after winning the 5k, but he still earned All-MIAA honors for the effort.

Tyler Rush placed second in the mile with a time of 4:16.78 to earn All-MIAA status, while Jazz Allen picked up All-MIAA honors in the 60m hurdles placing second in the event with a provisional time of 8.19. 

Brady Melugin and Michael Juergens tied for second in the pole vault picking up All-MIAA honors with a height of 16-06.00.

Andrew Webster placed third in the mile to earn All-MIAA honors with a time of 4:17.26.

Pittsburg State was just a point and a half ahead of the Lions total of 129. Nebraska-Kearney was third with 115.2, while Central Missouri was fourth.

The men who have qualified for nationals are Fraley, Eric Schott, Melugin, Juergens and Darion Boure. The Lions will take part in the championships at the JDL Fast Track on March 14-15 in Winston Salem.