Lions face stiff competition in MIAA title meet

The men’s track and field team won five events while competing in the Central Missouri Classic at the University of Central Missouri.

Freshman sprinter Erron Holley earned second place in the 60-meter dash. Jake Benton, senior distance runner finished seventh in the mile, followed by sophomore Colton Wooldridge and junior Alex Mason in eighth and ninth respectively.

Sophomore Anthony Price won the 400-meter with a near provisional time of 50.22. Distance runners freshman Miles Migliara and sophomore Andrew Webster earned third and fourth place in the 800-meter.

Senior Michael Juergens won the pole vault with a improved provisional height of 16-2, giving him the tenth national ranking.

Tyler Albright, a freshman jumper won the long jump with a distance of 22-6.25 followed by sophomore Darion Boure and junior Clark Tanksley in second and third respectively.  

Tanksley earned first place in the high jump with a provisional height of 6-9.50, ranking him 13 nationally.

Senior thrower Seth Hackey earned a ninth place national ranking after he won the shot put with a provisional distance of 55-7.75.

Senior Dustin Green earned second place in the shot put with his own provisional followed by Senior Evan Moore in fourth place.

“I haven’t thrown well all season, to go out and have a meet like I had last weekend, it was great to have that happen,” Hackney said.

Moore earned third place in the weight throw followed by Green in fifth and sophomore Nicklas Polizzi in seventh.

“Great moments are born from great opportunities. The window is open, so we definitely have the opportunity to win,” Head Coach Tom Rutledge said.

 “I’m very confident that these guys will give everything they possibly can and we’ll take whatever comes out. These guys are fighters and they will do well.”

Next weekend the lions will be attending the 2013 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at UCM.