Lipsey breaks record, Mathis earns provisional

Southern distance runners compete in the 5,000-meter run April 3. Kimi Shank (second from left) won the event with a time of 17


Southern distance runners compete in the 5,000-meter run April 3. Kimi Shank (second from left) won the event with a time of 17

After earning four provisionals last week at Pittsburg State, the Missouri Southern women’s track and field team looks to continue its success tonight.

Junior Ciara Lipsey was named MIAA Field Athlete of the Week after her performance at PSU.

“Ciara had a nice vault,” said women’s Head Coach Patty Vavra. “She is having a great season and hopefully that will continue for her.”

Lipsey, who holds the indoor pole vault record, broke the outdoor record with a vault of 12 feet, five and half inches. The height, which was an inch higher than the previous mark set by Erica Culver, earned Lipsey a provisional mark.

Junior Channell Lloyd earned a provisional in the 100-meter hurdles. She finished the event with a time of 14:56.

“Channell will improve on that time before the season is over,” Vavra said. “I believe she can improve her provisional mark.”

Lloyd also finished fifth in the long jump and 10th in the triple jump.

Freshman Lisa Vengels finished third in the high jump with a height of five feet, two and half inches.

Former Southern athlete Jessica Selby-Tallman won the shot put. Freshman Nicole Green was the top collegiate performer, finishing second behind Tallman.

“Nicole had a decent throw,” Vavra said. “She’s going to have to throw farther to get into the national meet.”

Green threw a distance of 42 feet, nine and a quarter inches.

Tallman also finished first in the hammer throw. Southern junior Emilie Mieseler finished second with a distance of 162 feet, 11 inches. Senior Courtney Vie finished third. Vie and Mieseler each earned provisional marks.

“It was nice to see improvements with them,” Vavra said. “I feel good about the way their season is headed.”

Vie also finished third in the discus. Junior Erin Steffens finished fourth. Steffens also finished fourth in the shot put.

Junior Jill Weeks won the javelin throw for the second meet in a row. Weeks threw a distance of 130 feet, 11 inches.

Senior Kara Eckard won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:19. Senior Kari Fritchie finished second. Sophomore Caritta Riutta finished first in the 800-meter run.

“Caritta had an awesome race in the 800-meter,” Vavra said. “She ran very close to a provisional mark.”

Riutta finished the event with a time of 2:15. Senior Shannan Borgard finished fourth in the event.

Junior Courtney Waltbillig finished third in the 1,500-meter run. Waltbillig finished in a time of 4:43.

Mieseler, Vie and Lloyd will compete tonight at the University of Central Missouri, before meeting the rest of the team tomorrow at the University of Arkansas-John McDonnell Invitational.

The men’s team will also compete tonight at the University of Arkansas-John McDonnell Invitational.

Sophomore Josh Mathis earned a provisional mark in the 3,000-meter steeplechase last week at Pittsburg State.

“Josh had a pretty solid provisional,” said former Southern athlete and student assistant Dustin Miller. “Hopefully he will get an automatic at Arkansas. He had a pretty good chance.”

Mathis finished with a time of 9:17.

Senior Phillip Horn finished second in the 110-meter hurdles. Horn also finished sixth in the pole vault, seventh in the long jump and twelfth in the high jump.

Junior Corey Shumate finished fifth in the pole vault.

In the 400-meter hurdles, freshman John Lowe finished third with a time of 1:00.

Freshmen Seth Hackney and Kyle Hancock placed third and sixth in the shot put. Hancock also competed in the hammer throw, finishing ninth.

Southern junior Andrew Gassen competed unattached in the javelin throw. Gassen finished 10th.

Sophomore Chris Brown finished fourth in the high jump. Freshman Taylor McClelland finished seventh in the long jump. McClelland also competed in the triple jump, finishing fifth.

Junior Derek Wright competed in the 1,500-meter run. He finished seventeenth with a time of 4:06.

“Derek has the strength,” Miller said. “Right now, we are working on his speed and getting him ready for nationals.”