Larissa Richards claimed victory in the shot put Friday, recording a put of 48 feet, 2.5 inches to lead the Pitt State women’s track and field team at the MSSU Bill Williams Invitational.

Larissa Richards claimed victory in the shot put Friday, recording a put of 48 feet, 2.5 inches to lead the Pitt State women’s track and field team at the MSSU Bill Williams Invitational.
Richards automatically qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships with the effort — the second-best mark in school history.
Heidi Smith also provisionally qualified to nationals with a second-place throw of 168-6 in the hammer throw for the Gorillas.
Sarah Thurber turned in a season-best time of 14.17 seconds in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles, also a provisional mark, before placing second in the final of the event (14.29).
Jennifer Butler claimed victory in the 1,500 meters (4:47.80), while Melissa Peden won the 5,000 meters (18:42.22).
Gretchen Clark and Emily Middleton placed second and third in the high jump, respectively, with both athletes clearing 5-5.25, while Emily Lehman finished second in the pole vault (10-10).
At the Drake Relays, Michelle Mitchell cleared 12-1.5 in the pole vault, while Amber Kloster tossed the javelin 133-1.