Track team takes flight at 2013 NCAA Championships


Samantha Zoltanski/The Chart

Michael Juergens pole vaults at the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invite at Missouri Southern on April 24.

The Missouri Southern Track and Field teams ended the 2013 outdoor season on May 23 at the NCAA Division II Championships in Pueblo, Colo.

Thrower Dustin Green, placed 12th in the hammer throw with a distance of 184 feet, barely missing the finals.

The following day Green finished fifth in the discus with a distance of 180 feet 11 inches, just over a foot behind his school record.

To finish the meet, thrower Seth Hackney placed 17th in the shot put with a distance of 52-11, while Green followed in 20th place with a distance of 50-10.25. Michael Juergens placed 11th in the pole vault, with a height of 16-02.75.

Darion Boure placed 10th in the triple jump with a distance of 48-11.50, while Jayce Thomas placed 18th with a distance of 47-03.50.

“It was not a successful national’s trip for the men,” said Head Coach Bryan Schiding. “The women had a pretty darn good meet. But, the men did not perform to the level that we should have.”

On day one, freshmen Kaylee Morgan and Brittani Reagan both earned All-American Honors in the long jump. Reagan jumped 19-03.50, placing eighth in the long jump. Morgan finished fifth with a jump of 19-06.75. Junior Sydney Haase placed 10th in the pole vault with a height of 12-01.50.

The following day, Reagan also picked up All-American honors for her performance in the triple jump with a distance of 40-8.75 in her next to last jump.

On the final day, senior Whitney Hardy earned All-American honors as well with a height of 5-08.75 in the high jump, and with a distance of 45-03.75 Kylie Cornman placed 11 in the shot put.

“We had an outstanding national meet,” said Head Coach Patty Vavra. “It was a strong finish for the outdoor season, and I feel like we had a strong representation with three people earning All-American in four events.”

On May 10 the men’s and women’s track teams hosted the MSSU Last Chance meet.  

The men took home three titles.  Senior jumper Taylor McClelland won the triple jump and earned fourth place in the long jump. Juergens took home first place in the pole vault with a provisional height of 16-03.60

Nicklas Polizzi won the discus with a provisional distance of 165-0, while Hackney won the shot put with a provisional distance of 54-02.50.

The women took home two titles. Hardy won the high jump with a height of 5-8, while Haase took home the title in the pole vault with a height of 11-11.75.

Track and field season will continue later this semester as the team prepares for the start of indoor season.