The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the UCM Invite on Friday in Warrensburg, Missouri, and both teams posted six wins.
The Gorilla men also had four qualifying marks. Garrett Appier won the shot put with an automatic qualifying mark of 63 feet, 4.75 inches. He came up just nine inches short of his record breaking throw of 64-1.75 from earlier this season.
Derek McKnight and Bo Farrow posted provisional qualifying marks in the shot put. McKnight was second with a toss of 55-3.5, while Farrow took fourth at 53-1.75. Justice Burks posted a qualifying mark with a time of 8.10 seconds in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles. He soon raced to a first-place finish in the finals of the discipline in 8.24.
Elijah McGill won the long jump in 22-5.75 and placed second in the 60 meters (7.02) while J.L. Savage won the triple in 46-2.5 and Jared Page was first in the 600 yard run. The Gorilla 4X400 meter relay team of Burks, Aren Martin, Tanner McNutt and Page won their race in 3:26.20.
Martin was third in the 400 meters, while McNutt placed third in the long jump and Burks finished in a tie for second place in the high jump. Alexander Burson also placed third in the 800 meters.
The Gorilla women posted five NCAA qualifying marks.
Courtney Nelson won the 60-meter hurdles for the Gorillas, while Imani Hutchinson was first in the 60 meters. Nelson posted a qualifying time of 8.68 seconds in the prelims. She won the finals of the race in 8.75. Hutchinson won in a time of 7.79 seconds.
Paige Denton earned the victory in the mile run in a time of 5:18.17 while Chanlder Wilson won the 400 meters in 59.19 and Emilyn Dearman was first in the 600 yard run in a time of 1:26.53. Nelson, Hutchinson, Wilson and Dearman made up the 4X400 meters in a time of 3:59.64.
Casie Caswell picked up a pair of provisional qualifying marks with a second-place finish in the weight throw and a third-place finish in the shot put. Jasmine scored two provisional qualifying marks in the throws, taking third in the weight throw and second in the shot put. Megan Wickersham qualified with a second-place finish in the pole vault, while Jena Black earned a qualifying mark with a fourth place effort in the shot put.
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