Southern track and field head to Emporia for 2012 MIAA Outdoor Championships
Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's and women's track and field teams head to Emporia, Kansas today for the 2012 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Lions men enter the championships ranked 16th nationally behind a strong group of performances in the sprints, jumps and throws.
Freshman Jeff Fraley goes into the conference meet ranked second nationally in the 200m and sixth in the 100m. He ranks first in the MIAA in the 200m and third in the 100m.
Seth Hackney and Dustin Green rank 19th and 20th nationally in the shot put, while the pair rank second and third in the MIAA. Green is 8th in the discus, second in the MIAA, while Nicklas Polizzi is 13th nationally in the event, ranking fourth in the MIAA.
On the women's side, Lisa Vengels comes into the event ranked 5th in the high jump and third in the MIAA in the event. Nicole Green ranks third nationally in the shot put, and second in the MIAA, while Kylie Cornman is 17th nationally in the event, sixth in the MIAA.
The Championships kick off today with the heptathlon and decathlon. The women will send both Vengels and Emily Paullus to compete in the heptathlon, while Jayce Thomas will compete in the decathlon. Both events will conclude tomorrow with the rest of the meet kicking in high gear tomorrow afternoon.