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MSSU's Peyton Barton repeats as national champ

Mar. 8—PITTSBURG, Kan. — Missouri Southern's Peyton Barton defended his national championship in the weight throw with a 22.72-meter toss at the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships Friday at Pittsburg State University's Robert W. Plaster Center.

Barton, a two-time NCAA Division II Athlete of the Week, bested Washburn's Braden Rose, at 22.00 meters. Lewis University's Levi Graham was third with a 20.99-meter toss.

Barton fell short of his own MIAA record of 23.13 meters, but the Rocky Comfort senior's best effort still remains the top throw in Division II this season.

Later in the summer, Barton is hoping to make the U.S. Olympic tryouts in Oregon.

In the men's 60-meter hurdles, Poplar Bluff junior JaDarius Pigg failed to qualify for the finals after finishing seventh in his heat and 12th overall in the 16-man field.

Pigg's 7.98-second run Friday matched his best run of the season, when he finished fourth in the MIAA meet, but it wasn't quite enough to advance to the national finals Saturday.

MSSU women's hurdler Ashyiria Savage fell to injury early in her women's 60-meter hurdles, grabbing the back of her leg within the first few hurdles. She was unable to finish her race.

Savage won the MIAA title this year and owns the second-fastest women's 60-meter hurdle time in school history and the sixth-fastest time in Division II this year at 8.41 seconds.

Also competing for the Lions on Saturday were Mallory Sibley in the women's weight throw and Jon Watts in the men's jump.

Results of their events were not available at press time.

The tournament continues Saturday.