Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's and women's track and field teams will head to Hays, Kan. this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to compete in the 2013 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Fort Hays State University.
The meet will begin on Friday with the multi events as day one of the heptathlon and decathlon will begin at 2 pm. On Saturday, the final events in the multis will start at 10 am with field events starting in the regular portion of the meet beginning at 12:30. Running events begin at 3:30 pm. The final event of the meet, the women's mile relay, will begin at approximately 4:05 pm on Sunday afternoon.
The Southern men come into the meet ranked 15th nationally in Division II. The Lions have 19 individual and team provisional marks so far this season with Michael Juergens having already punched his ticket to nationals with an automatic qualifying mark in the pole vault. Juergens hit 17 feet earlier in the season and ranks fourth nationally. The Lions have nine athletes ranked in the top 16 nationally.
Dustin Green has three different provisional marks as he ranks fifth in the discus, ninth in the shot put and 13th in the hammer throw. Jeff Fraley ranks 12th in the 100m and 16th in the 200m. Darion Boure and Jayce Thomas rank 10th and 12th in the triple jump, while Seth Hackney ranks 16th in the shot put.
On the women's side, the Lions have eight provisional marks so far, with five individuals ranking in the top 16 nationally.
Whitney Hardy ranks 12th in the high jump, while Brittani Reagan and Kylie Cornman rank 11th in the triple jump and shot put, respectively. Melanie Bower is 15th in the pole vault, while Kaylee Mogan ranks 15th in the long jump. Ashleigh McFarland and Sydney Haase rank 26th and 35th in the pole vault, while Reagan ranks 32nd in the long jump.
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