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  • SPORTS ROUNDUP: PSU men and women ranked in latest track poll

  • The Pittsburg State track and field teams are both ranked in the latest Division II top 25 poll released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the men at No. 9 and the women at No. 15.

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  • The Pittsburg State track and field teams are both ranked in the latest Division II top 25 poll released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the men at No. 9 and the women at No. 15.
    Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association foes Lincoln and Central Missouri are No. 5 and No. 8 on the men's side and No. 3 and No. 4 on the women's side, respectively. Lincoln, Central Missouri and Pitt State are the only ranked MIAA schools in track and field.
    Sophomore Keenan Soles and senior Heidi Smith both won MIAA Field Athlete of the Week on Monday for their performances at the Wendy's/PSU Open last Saturday.
    Soles, a Pittsburg High School graduate, established the best long jump mark in Division II with a personal best of 25 feet, 7.25 inches. This 25-7.25 mark stands nearly five inches more than the second-best standard of 25-2.5 set by Aaron Hill of Grand Canyon at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.
    Smith established a school record in the hammer throw with a mark of 184-4, breaking her own record by one inch. That 184-4 mark ranks seventh in the nation. Jenny Schuler of Winona State holds the best mark of 189-1, set at the Winona Last Minute Invitational in Winona, Minn.
    PSU softball
    The Pitt State softball team split a Wednesday night doubleheader with Missouri Southern and its Game 1 win gave the Gorillas a school record for consecutive wins, 15, tying a mark first set in 1993. The Gorillas had last dropped a contest on March 10, at home against Northeastern State.
    During this streak, Pitt State won seven games at home and eight games on the road, averaging 7.4 runs and allowing 1.9 runs per game. The Gorillas allowed more than three runs once (seven against Northwest Missouri) and pitched three shutouts, all three games on the road.
    PSU sophomores Tiffany Brown and Jessica Barnes earned MIAA Hitter of the Week and MIAA Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively, on Monday.
    In six games against Missouri Southern, future conference foe Lindenwood and Lincoln, Brown hit .591 and slugged 1.182 with eight runs scored, four doubles, a home run and eight RBI. Her long shot against Lindenwood gave Brown home run No. 13, which tied a school record for home runs in a season established by Emily Gastineau in 2004.
    Nationally, her 13 homers place Brown in a tie for eighth with Kacie Edwards of Central Oklahoma, Meg Harasymczuk of Montana State-Billings and Jordan Readicker of Texas Woman's. Kelsey Tillery of Metro State leads the nation with 18.
    Barnes dominated in her 16 innings of work in the circle, allowing one earned run for a 0.44 ERA and 3-0 record.
    Senior shortstop Amanda DeCastro (Carl Junction, Mo.) made history in the Game 1 win over Lincoln (4-3) with career home run No. 39, a new school record. DeCastro, 2009 MIAA Freshman of the Year, hit seven her freshman season, 12 her sophomore season and 10 her junior season. Her 10 homers this season entering Friday rank second on the Gorillas.
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    The Southeast Lancers are 7-0 early in the season on the diamond and join the Frontenac Raiders baseball and softball teams (both 5-0) as the only undefeated teams left in Crawford County.
    Southeast defeated Erie 12-2 and 19-2 on Monday and Galena 14-1 and 5-3 on Thursday. The Lancers have received solid work from pitchers like senior ace Cade Ulery and senior Aaron Lake. Southeast hosts Lamar on Monday for one varsity and one JV game.
    Frontenac baseball and softball have built on momentum accumulated from their state tournament experiences last year.
    Pitching, pitching and more pitching seems to be the story for both teams, although the softball team has only relied on junior Lindsey Gorham thus far in the season. The baseball team has thrown seven pitchers — Blake Vail, Matt Standlee, Ross Edge, Christian Sharp, Brett Macary, Bryce Burdette and Nick Zafuta — who have allowed 10 runs, six earned, in 33.0 innings for an impressive staff ERA of 1.27.
    Junior catcher Bryan Wade leads the baseball team with eight RBI and Macary adds two home runs and six RBI, both his long balls coming against Girard on Thursday night.
    Frontenac softball already owns four wins against perennial Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League powers Riverton and Girard.
    The Pittsburg tennis squad owns two second-place finishes and one tournament championship in the first three tournaments of the season.
    Playing at No. 2 singles, senior Brandon Smith has not lost a match in 12 this season. Smith teamed with fellow senior Sean Perkins in No. 2 doubles last year and the duo won a Southeast Kansas League title. Now playing singles-only so far his senior year, Smith has been virtually untouchable in three individual tourney wins.
    The No. 1 doubles of Perkins and Jake Cloninger and the No. 2 doubles of Kaleb Konek and Jake Creech each have 10-2 marks on the season.
    At its home invitational on Thursday, Pittsburg went 14-2 in 16 matches on the night and won three first places to claim the overall title.
    Colgan freshman golfer Bailey Beykirch won his first individual tournament on Thursday, shooting a 78 at the Frontenac Invitational played on the links of the Four Oaks Golf Course.
    Before the season, during a practice session, Beykirch made a hole-in-one.
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