PITTSBURG — Track and field teams came from all around the midwest for the Pittsburg State Invitational inside the Robert W. Plaster Center on Saturday.
It was a full day of running and jumping, with the Gorillas defending their home turf.
“An event like this means the world,” PSU head coach Russ Jewett said. “Just look at all of the people who came to Pittsburg, Kansas, and are on the Campus of Pittsburg State University. Plus, spending money here at hotels and restaurants. This facility can serve as an ambassador to the university, that’s the way we look at it. It’s also an opportunity for folks in our sport to participate on a premier facility. It helps their performance and gives them a great feeling when they leave I hope.”
In the women’s shot put, Jasmine Smith placed first in a field of 34, with throw of 14.53 meters.
Jena Black placed 16th with a throw of 12.09 meters.
In the men’s long jump, Louis Rollins placed second in a field of 28 with a leap of 7.46 meters.
Elijah McGill placed sixth at 7.05 meters, while Tanner McNutt came in at eighth with a distance of 6.96 meters and Ira Hines closed out the Gorillas in 12th with a distance of 6.76 meters.
In the men’s shot put, Derek McKnight placed threw a distance of 15.99 meters, which was good for fifth place in a field of 31.
Omar Lewis cracked the top ten in ninth place with a toss of 15.65 meters, while Dervon Lee placed 15th with a throw of 14.34 meters.
In the men’s weight throw, Omar Lewis placed 14th in a field of 28, with a throw of 16 1/4 meters.
Levi Wyrick placed 16th with a toss of 15.99 meters.
In the women’s long jump, Emilyn Dearman placed third in a field of 33, with a jump of 5.83 meters.
Amy Suenram placed 20th with a leap of 5.25 meters, while Chandler Wilson finished right behind in 21st with a distance of 5.19 meters.
Amira Jenkins closed out the event for PSU in 23rd with a distance of 5.16 meters.
Jenkins also made her mark in the women’s triple jump, as she placed ninth in a field of 30,
With a distance of 11.72 meters.
In the men’s high jump, Ian Duncan placed ninth in a field of 16, with a throw of 1.99 meters.
Drew Davied tied for 13th with a throw of 1.94 meters.
In the men’s high jump, Duncan placed ninth in a field of 15 with a height of 1.99 meters, while Davied tied for 13th with a height of 1.94 meters.
In the women’s high jump, Emilee Iverson placed third in a field of 18, with a height of 1.71 meters.
Alexis Duffy rounded out the event for PSU, as she tied for 14th with a height of 1.55 meters.
In the men’s pole vault discipline, Kai Miller placed sixth in a field of 11, with a height of 4.86 meters, while Darren Fowler placed 11th with a height of 4.61 meters.
In the women’s one-mile run, Jordan Puvogel placed second in a field of 11, with a time of 5:09.87.
On the men’s side of the one-mile run, Alexander Burson placed third in a field of 11, coming in at a time of 4:16.32.
In the women’s 60-meter hurdles, Courtney Nelson placed third in a field of six, with a time of 8.72 seconds.
Nelson also performed well in the women’s 400-meter dash, as she placed fourth in a field of 45, with a time of 56.2.
Rhema Taylor took 15th place, coming in at 57.46, while Olivia Boone finished close behind in 25th with a time of 58.97.
Wilson rounded out the event for the Gorillas in 38th with a time of 59.7.
In the women’s 600-yard run, Dearman led the way for PSU, taking third place in a field of 30, with a time of 1:24.44.
Alyssa Hammons came in close behind in fifth place with a time of 1:25.99, while Riley Zerr placed 21st with a time of 1:32.21.
In the men’s 5000-meter run, Colby Kromminga finished in seventh in a field of 44, with a time of 14 minutes and 58.27 seconds, while his teammate Bradley Richard placed 26th, coming in at a time of 15:57.18.
In the men’s 600-yard run, Jared Page placed 17th in a field of 41, with a time of 1:14.27, and Tanner McNutt placed 21st, coming in at 1:15.27.
Luke Norris placed 27th with a time of 1:16.66 and Peyton Bailey closed in at a time of 1:17.81, which was good for 30th.
Right behind Norris was Antonio Escoe in 31st with a time of 1:18.35.
Patrick Dearman placed 36th with a time of 1:19.26 and Mitchell Hodson rounded out the event for the Gorillas in 40th with a time of 1:21.4.
In the women’s 800, Sarah Jewett placed seventh in a field of 22, with a time of 2:17.70, and Jordan Puvogel placed 16th with a time of 2:23.25.
In the men’s 800, Noah Gfeller placed eighth in a field of 20, with a time of 1:56.55.
In the women’s 200-meter dash, Imani Hutchinson placed seventh in a field of 56, with a time of 24.9, while her teammate Kelsey Lewis placed 13th with a time of 25.11.
In the men’s 200-meter dash, Slade Nordic placed 20th in a field of 55, with a time of 22.21.
Dylan Williams placed 43rd, coming in at 22.924.
In the women’s 3000-meter run, Piper Misse placed fourth in a field of 16, with a time of 10:13.59, while Ashton Henson placed eighth with a time of 10:20.94.
Christina Metzger placed 10th with a time of 10:25.31 and Carlin Greene closed out the event with a time of 10:31.32.
In the men’s 3000-meter run, Dominick Fonseca placed 12th in a field of 18, with a time of 8:41.54 and Jonathan Adamson finished right behind in 13th with a time of 8:49.83.
In the women’s 4x400 relay, the PSU team consisting of Taylor, Dearman, Boone and Nelson placed third in a field of 34 teams, with a time of 3:49.18.
The PSU team consisting of Wilson, Lewis, Hutchinson and Sarah Jewett placed 15th, with a time of 4:01.41.
The PSU track and field team will head to Lincoln Nebraska for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Friday and Saturday.