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  • SPORTS ROUNDUP: Richards, Talbert win MIAA honors

  • Pittsburg State senior Larissa Richards and senior John Talbert swept the MIAA Field Athlete of the Week honors on Monday from their performances at the fifth annual David Suenram Gorilla Classic last weekend. Richards won her third such conference honor, second in a row, for setting a personal best ma...
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  • Pittsburg State senior Larissa Richards and senior John Talbert swept the MIAA Field Athlete of the Week honors on Monday from their performances at the fifth annual David Suenram Gorilla Classic last weekend.
    Richards won her third such conference honor, second in a row, for setting a personal best mark in the shot put of 49 feet, 0.75 inches Saturday. This mark won her the shot put in the Gorilla Classic, qualified her automatically for nationals and stands as the fourth-best mark in Division II.
    She also won the discus with a toss of 181-0, second-best mark in NCAA-II, and took second place in the hammer throw at 154-10.
    Talbert won the discus on Saturday with a mark of 186-8, the best mark in NCAA-II, and finished second overall (top collegian) in the hammer at 183-11, a provisional qualifying mark.
    The Pitt State men and women both moved up in the USTFCCCA national rankings, men to No.7 and women to No. 18. The Gorilla men have the highest-ranked track program in the MIAA, ahead of Lincoln (No. 8), Missouri Southern (No. 9), Emporia State (No. 18) and Central Missouri (No. 23).
    Pitt State men ranked: 34. Kyle Utsey, 100, 10.65; 21. Keenan Soles, 200, 21.40; 24. Ryan Ramler, 400 hurdles, 53.65; 2. Crow-Soles-Riffel-Utsey, 4x100, 40.23; 4. Jeff Piepenbrink, pole vault, 16-8; 27. Josh Phillips, pole vault, 15-7; 8. Soles, long jump, 24-3 1/2; 10. Utsey, long jump, 24-1; 11. Steven Mann, long jump, 23-11 3/4; 5. Marquise Cushon, triple jump, 50-1/2; 24. Soles, triple jump, 47-9 1/4; 1. John Talbert, discus, 186-8; 6. Shane Lundquist, discus, 174-3; 21. Cody Holland, discus, 166-3; 9. Talbert, hammer, 190-11; 25. Luke Wilson, hammer, 179-6; 13. Garrett Cantrell, javelin, 197-10; 27. Adam Farnow, javelin, 187-10; 22. Piepenbrink, decathlon, 6,455.
    Pitt State women ranked: 30. Ramie Grayson, 100, 12.04; 7. Emily Ballock, 400 hurdles, 1:00.56; 28. Randi Pierce, high jump, 5-5 3/4; 4. Larissa Richards, shot put, 49-3/4; 2. Richards, discus, 181-0; 27. D'Andria Blow, discus, 142-6; 17. Richards, hammer, 170-9; 16. Amber Kloster, javelin, 141-10; 26. Aimi Orton, javelin, 134-2; 26. Monica Wuertz, javelin, 134-2; 32. Tessa Westhoff, javelin, 132-0; 34. Shanise Rice, javelin, 131-3.
    Northeast track
    BURLINGTON — Members of the Northeast Viking track squad established personal bests and a new school record Monday at the Waverly Gene Farrow Invitational in Burlington.
    J.T. Richardson won the triple jump with a mark of 42 feet, 11 inches — besting Skylar Farwell of Lyndon by over three feet, setting a new personal best and establishing a new school record in the discipline. Richardson also set a new personal best in the long jump to finish second at 20-3/4 and he finished seventh in the 100-meter dash in 11.92 seconds.
    Michael Toms set a personal best in the 3,200 with a time of 11:06.38, finishing second behind Hunter Schwaitz of Burlington. Toms placed fifth in the 1,600 in 5:17.74.
    On the girls side, Kaylee Bogina won the 1,600 with a personal best time of 5:38.75, nearly 20 seconds faster than Brittany White-Dold of Olpe. The same pair finished 1-2 in the 3,200 — Bogina 12:05.55 and White-Dold 13:00.44.
    Page 2 of 3 - Team results, girls: Olpe 105, Burlington 95, Madison 84, Central Heights 45, Pleasanton 36, Waverly 35, Flinthills 26, Jayhawk-Linn 25, Northeast 20, Lyndon 17, Burlingame 15, White City 14, Hartford 12, South Coffey County 10, Uniontown 9, Eureka 4, West Franklin 3, Lebo 3.
    Team results, boys: Olpe 96, Lyndon 78, Burlington 71, Madison 66, Waverly 42, Northeast 40, Pleasanton 38, West Franklin 32, Lebo 26, Central Heights 22, White City 12, South Coffey County 10, Jayhawk-Linn 9, Uniontown 7, Marmaton Valley 4, Flinthills 3, Hartford 2.
    High school track
    Several athletes from the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee, Southeast Kansas and Three Rivers leagues have earned spots on the TrackInKansas Leaderboard maintained by kansas-sports.com.
    On the girls side, Devin Cosper of Coffeyville ranks second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.30 seconds.
    Katren Rienbolt of Fort Scott ranks eighth in the 3,200 with a time of 11:29.12.
    Madi Rollins of Chanute, a freshman, ranks eighth in the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 4 inches.
    Chelsea Baker of Pittsburg ranks sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 35-10.
    Haley Taylor of Chanute ranks sixth in the javelin at 130-0.
    Kurston Gilliland of Crest ranks 11th in the shot put with a toss of 38-2.
    On the boys side, James Newton of Coffeyville ranks 12th in the 100 in 10.93.
    Pittsburg State recruit Tanner McNutt of Humboldt ranks ninth in the 400 in 50.08.
    Drew Davied of Girard, a freshman, shares the second-best mark — 6-6 — with several others in the high jump, including Pleasanton junior Matt Bauer. Davied owns the highest mark by a freshman.
    Colgan senior Conner Dayton ranks sixth in the long jump at 22-4.
    Pitt State recruit Preston Coffman of Pleasanton ranks third in the pole vault at 15-0 and Frontenac senior Taylor Johnson's school-record mark of 14-11 ranks fourth.
    Jordan Morton of Crest ranks 11th in the javelin with a toss of 171-2 and Chris Allen of Fort Scott ranks 17th at 165-0.
    The Coffeyville 4x100 relay squad ranks 10th in the state in 43.44.
    By the way, Pitt State football and track recruit Bo Farrow (Broken Arrow, Okla.) posted the second-best mark in the nation in the shot put (62-5 1/2) at the PSU Gorilla Relays last Friday. Kord Ferguson, a junior from Ottawa, holds the best mark with a throw of 63-5 3/4.
    High school golf
    Columbus won both the individual title and the team title at the Crestwood Invitational on Tuesday.
    First place A.J. Wary shot a 81 to lead Columbus to a low team score of 346, 19 strokes better than Colgan and 21 better than Frontenac and Caney Valley. Dawson Soper and Joe Schoech helped the Titans win their title with rounds of 84 and 86; Soper placed fourth and Schoech sixth.
    Colgan received top 10 finishes from classmates Bailey Beykirch and Freddy Elmer. Beykirch finished third with a 82 and Elmer ninth with a 89.
    Page 3 of 3 - Judd Belew and Kyle Loy both finished in the top 10 for the Raiders — Belew fifth with a 86 and Loy eighth with a 90.
    Team results: Columbus 346, Colgan 365, Frontenac 367, Caney Valley 367, Baxter Springs 391, Girard 417, Riverton 476, Galena 505.
    Colgan (365) — Bailey Beykirch 45-37—82, Freddy Elmer 43-48—91, Brandon Emerson 47-48—95, Brock Jameson 47-50—97, David Misasi 47-52—99, Jonah Dellasega 59-51—110.
    Frontenac (367) — Judd Belew 43-43—86, Kyle Loy 44-46—90, Garrett Takkett 51-44—95, Brett Zaccarello 47-49—96, Jesse Christman 52-45—97, Jake Christman 50-48—98.
    Girard (417) — Zack Hyman 51-46—97, Aaron Boore 51-52—103, Marlon Bolden 55-53—108, Kyle Bauder 55-54—109, Jonathon Westhoff 55-55—110, James Spieth 66-67—133.
    High school tennis
    FORT SCOTT — Pittsburg finished second Monday at the Fort Scott Invitational with 13 points, trailing only Independence. The Purple Dragons won 13 of their 16 matches with head-to-head sweeps of Chanute, Fort Scott and Parsons.
    "We had some younger players really come through," Pittsburg head coach John Seal said. "Our freshmen and sophomores got great victories tonight and our juniors and seniors showed great talent and leadership."
    Zach Dee took first in No. 1 singles, defeating Ryan Newcombe of Pittsburg 'B' 6-4, Rusty White of Independence 6-1, Logan Bennett of Chanute 6-2 and Jett Cooper of Parsons 6-1. Newcombe placed fourth with a 6-5 win over Bennett.
    Aaron VanCleave finished second in No. 2 singles, defeating Caleb Jones of Chanute 'A' 6-2, Sebastian Cole of Independence 'B' 6-2 and Christian Villanueva of Chanute 'B' 6-2. His only loss was 6-1 to Garrett Whitson of Independence 'A.'
    Josh Dial-Jack Patterson took second in No. 1 doubles with victories over Fort Scott 6-0, Chanute 6-4 and Parsons 6-2. Dial-Patterson lost to Independence 6-1.
    Jared Wilde-Will Jewett finished second in No. 2 doulbes with wins over Fort Scott 6-1, Chanute 6-2 and Parsons 6-0. Wilde-Jewett lost to Independence 6-1.
    Pittsburg handed Independence 'A' its only loss of the evening.
    Team results: Independence 15, Pittsburg 13, Chanute 7, Parsons 3, Fort Scott 2.
    High school baseball/softball
    Since its dramatic 15-14 extra innings win over Independence last week, the Colgan softball team posted a 2-2 record with victories last Friday over Liberal 17-2 and 10-0 and losses Monday to Galena 9-5 and 10-6. The Panthers own a 4-6 record and play Columbus on Thursday.
    The Girard softball team improved to 4-2 on the season with a doubleheader sweep of Baxter Springs on Monday, 5-3 and 11-2.
    The Trojans won three consecutive tilts since being handed its only shutout loss of the season to Frontenac; Girard returned the favor on Frontenac in the nightcap to start its winning streak.
    The Girard baseball team dropped to 0-7 and 0-4 in the CNC with 11-2 and 5-1 losses Monday night.
    Tuesday's doubleheaders against Chanute were postponed.
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