PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg State track & field teams claimed both the men’s and women’s MIAA indoor championships on Sunday inside the Robert W. Plaster Center.
With both teams holding the lead going into the final day, the Gorillas sealed the victories with 14 combined first-place finishes.
“This is like a dream come true,” PSU head coach Russ Jewett said. “I think it was impressive that they competed as teams and everybody supported each other. We also had a lot of impressive performances that we didn’t necessarily see coming and I think that’s a result of that team support and all of the hard work they’ve put in. We have so many deserving athletes and these wins are just beyond description. It’s truly amazing.”
The Gorilla women set a meet record for largest margin of victory, outpacing second-place Central Missouri by 103.5 points en route to securing their second consecutive MIAA indoor title.
“This women’s team is a special group,” Jewett said. “We’ve had really good teams in the past, but at the conference level in indoor track and field, I don’t think we’ve ever had a team with so much fire power. We’re going to lose a few of them and that’s going to hurt, but it’s a magical weekend and we’re really happy with these girls.”
The men were led by the High-Point Scorer Award winner NaRon Rollins, who scored a 21.5 points with two first-place finishes in the 60 and 200-meter races.
“We knew coming into today that it was going to be battle for the men’s team,” Jewett said. “We knew that Lincoln would be very tough and that Emporia State has a nice team built for indoor track and field. Missouri Southern is always tough and I was also really impressed with Central Missouri. We just faced great opponents, and they make us better, that’s the bottom line. We appreciate our opponents and we’re honored to come away with the victory.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.