Haven Lander (Pitt State) wins pole vault national title

Lander cleared 13 feet, 2.5 inches
Haven Lander (Pitt State) wins pole vault national title

Pitt State sophomore Haven Lander captured a national championship in the women’s pole vault on Saturday.

Lander cleared 13 feet, 2.5 inches to take the national crown.

Her teammate Trace Mosby finished as the national runner-up in the women’s pentathlon, scoring 3,906 points. Those strong finishes helped the Gorilla women take 6th as a team in the national meet. It’s the fourth straight year Pitt State has finished in the top 6 in the nation.

RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:

For the second consecutive year, the NCAA Division II Men’s Indoor National Championship was decided by a single point and only after the completion of the 17 th and final event – the 4×400 meter relay – at the Robert W. Plaster Center Saturday (Mar. 9).

Ashland University needed four points in the relay to shoot past Adams State College to the national title and the Eagles secured those four points with a fifth-place finish in the meet’s final race.

Ashland walked away with 38 points and the national crown, one more than second-place national runner-up Adams State (37). Tiffin University finished third with 34 points and Grand Valley State University secured a team trophy with 33.25 points for fourth place.

A year ago, the host school, Pittsburg State University, fought off a bid by Tiffin in the 4x400m relay and won, 49-48, when the Dragons finished ninth in the discipline and failed to secure tying or go-ahead points in the final event.

Contrary to the men’s tight race Saturday, Adams State crushed its competitors to claim the 2019 NCAA Division II Women’s Indoor National Championship with 87 points. GVSU finished second with a 64-point total that would claim a national title most years. Lincoln University finished third with 47 points and the University of Alaska Anchorage joined the trio on the team trophy stand with 34 points for fourth place.

In addition to the relay points, Ashland secured a national title in the men’s 400 meters from senior Myles Pringle, who set a new meet record with a blazing time of 45.67 seconds.

Findlay University junior Eldred Henry also set a meet record in winning the men’s shot put with an impressive toss of 66 feet, 2.5 inches Saturday. Mobolade Ajomale of the Academy of Art won the men’s 200 meters in 20.88 and finished as the national runner-up in the 60 meters in 6.65.

In the women’s competition, the victorious Grizzles scored 18 points apiece in both the mile run and the 60 meters and ASC added 13 more points in the 200 meters.

Freshman Stephanie Cotter won the mile in 4:50.27 for the Grizzlies, while senior Roisin Flanagan finished as the national runner-up in 4:51.82. Seniors Dianna Johnson (7.21) and Kandace Thomas (7.26) finished one-two in the 60m. Thomas won the 200m in 23.57, while Johnson finished sixth (24.65).

Senior Caroline Kurgat of Alaska Anchorage set a new meet record with her winning time of 9:15.45 in the women’s 3,000 meters. Lincoln’s 4×400 meter relay of Christine Moss, Kissi-Ann Brown, Rene Medley and Renea Ambersley also set a new meet record with their national championship time of 3:37.12.

Sophomore Haven Lander of Pittsburg State captured the national championship in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 13-2.5. Her teammate, redshirt freshman Trace Mosby finished as the national runner-up in the women’s pentathlon with 3,906 points.

The duo helped the host school compile 22 points and finish sixth in the women’s team standings. The Gorillas posted their fourth straight top six national indoor finish after placing fourth in both 2016 and 2017 and finishing fifth in 2018.