Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Head To Maryville For 2016 MIAA Outdoor Championships

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Head To Maryville For 2016 MIAA Outdoor Championships
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The 11th ranked men and the 15th ranked Missouri Southern women’s track and field teams will head to Maryville this weekend to compete in the 2016 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Northwest Missouri State.

Events will get underway tomorrow afternoon with the decathlon starting at 1 pm, while the heptathlon starts at 1:30 pm. Saturday’s events start with the decathlon at 9:30 am and the heptathlon starting at 10 am. Field events begin at 1 pm on Saturday with running events starting at 4:30 pm. Field events on Sunday start at 11 am with the finals of the running events beginning at 11:30 am.

The 11th-ranked Southern men come into the meet as the second-highest ranked MIAA team in the field. Central Missouri is ranked 7th nationally, while Pittsburg State is 17th and Lincoln is ranked 24th.

Jeff Fraley leads the men as the senior is the top ranked MIAA athlete in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Fraley has an NCAA AQ in both the 100m and 200m, ranking third and fifth nationally in those two events, while ranking 10th nationally in the 400m.

Vincent Kiprop is the top distance runner in the MIAA as the freshman ranks 24th in the 5k nationally, but is tops in the MIAA. He is ranked fourth nationally in the 10k and is the top MIAA athlete in the event.

The 4x100m relay team of Warren Leak, Keson Payton, Desmond Williams and Fraley rank 15th nationally and are the second-best relay team in the league. In the high jump, Jayce Thomas and Cody Vogt rank 10th and 22nd nationally, but the pair is first and second in the MIAA in the event. Morgan Hold is 20th nationally in the pole vault, but is the third-best MIAA athlete, while Thomas is 27th nationally and fourth in the MIAA.

Williams is ranked 19th nationally in the long jump, but is ranked fourth in the MIAA, while Thomas is 32nd and sixth-best in the MIAA. Thomas ranks 9th in the triple jump and is first in the MIAA.

Tyler Hovey ranks 12th nationally in the discus, while ranking third in the MIAA. Hovey is 27th in the shot put and 7th in the MIAA. Daniel Hernandez ranks 8th in the javelin, while coming into the meet as the second-best MIAA mark. Thomas is the top-ranked MIAA decathlete, while ranking 7th nationally in the event.

On the women’s side, the Lions are ranked 15th nationally and are the fourth-highest MIAA team nationally. Pittsburg State is fifth, followed by Central Missouri at sixth and Lincoln is ninth.

Emily Harris ranks 23rd nationally in the 5k, but is the top MIAA athlete in that event. The pole vaulting duo of Melanie Bower and Emily Presley are the top two vaulters in the MIAA. Bower ranks second nationally, while Presley is third. Both have secure NCAA AQ’s in the event.

Kaylee Morgan has an NCAA AQ of her own in the long jump as she ranks second nationally and is the top MIAA athlete. Brittani Reagan ranks 27th nationally, but is the third-best MIAA athlete in the event. Reagan ranks 13th in the triple jump, while ranking third in the MIAA.

Desirea Buerge is ranked fifth natinoally in the discus and second-best in the MIAA, while Victoria Foley ranks 32nd nationally in the hammer and fifth in the conference.