MSSU track posts several qualifying marks at PSU Invite

Jan. 29—PITTSBURG, Kan. — Missouri Southern senior Peyton Barton broke his own school record in the men's weight throw, and junior Mallory Huber and senior Riley Vickrey logged first-place finishes for the Lion women during the Pitt State Invitational on Saturday.

Barton's NCAA qualifying throw of 22.31 meters is the best in Division II this year and good enough for second place in the meet. Tanner Berg, competing unattached, won the event with a 23.96-meter throw.

In the women's weight throw, Huber finished first with with an NCAA qualifying mark of 18.38 meters. Teammate Briar Gillum finished sixth with an NCAA qualifying mark of 17.04 meters. Gillum posted a third-place finish in the shot put with a NCAA qualifying mark of 13.63 meters.

Vickery won the women's 3,000-meter run in a personal best of 10:02.05. Vickery now ranks eighth in the MSSU top-10 indoor list; freshman Kyla Weems finished fifth for Southern with a time of 10:31.42.

Lion sophomore Cedric Pearson was runner-up in the men's shot put with an NCAA qualifying mark of 17.74 meters, and junior Jon Watts broke his personal record with an NCAA qualifying jump of 7.42 meters in the men's long jump. His second-place jump was the third-best indoor mark in school history.

Katie Candrl, a junior, set a new personal best and NCAA qualifying mark with a 3.94-meter vault en route to a third-place finish in the women's pole vault. Her performance was the fifth best in school history for indoor track. Junior Mackenzie Moring and sophomore Abby Hobbs tied for sixth in the event with 3.64-meter vaults.

Junior Ashyiria Savage also posted a third-place finish for the Lions after a personal best and NCAA qualifying time of 8.57 seconds in the women's 60-meter hurdles. Her time was the fourth best indoor finish ever at Southern.

Taris Jackson, a senior, finished with an NCAA qualifying mark of 14.79 meters in the men's triple jump to earn fourth place in the event.

Lindsey Lopes, a freshman, was fifth in the women's 800-meter run with an NCAA qualifying time of 2:13.43; her effort was the second best in school history for indoor track.

Freshman Matthew Borges was fifth in the men's mile run with a time of 4:12.38, and junior Jaden Deaton was sixth in the men's 3,000-meter run with a 8:30.73 time.

Team scores were not kept for this event.

Both the Southern men and women will travel to Maryville for the Bearcat Invite at Northwest Missouri State this Friday and Saturday.