Pitt State’s Mosby earns national recognition for pentathlon performance

Mosby posted the 5th-highest pentathlon mark in Division II history Saturday.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pitt State senior Trace Mosby started the indoor track and field season out with a little history over the weekend.

“Anyone starting a season wants to start out on a good note,” Mosby says, “I really wasn’t expecting for it to go that well.”

Mosby posted 4,122 points in the pentathlon at the Boo Rogers Combined Events in Pittsburg last weekend.

“Putting a mark up like that can add pressure, and make you think you have to reach that score every meet from here on out,” Mosby says, “But in my head, it just proved that I’m able to do it, and also that there is more room for improvement. Reaching that benchmark drives me to work harder in practice and know what I have to work on to increase that score even more.”

That total is the highest in the nation this season, and is the 5th-highest mark in NCAA Division II history.

“I had no idea,” Mosby says of posting the 5th-best total in DII history, “Rutledge is an incredible coach, and he doesn’t have us focus on things like that. I think you can get distracted with times, marks, numbers and rankings. I won’t look at them and I won’t look at what anyone else is doing. I just focus on one event at a time, and you have to with the event that we do. If you get in over your head with that stuff, you can forget to focus on the important things with each event.”

For her performance, Mosby has been named the Division II National Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

“It feels unreal,” Mosby says with a laugh, “I’m very hard in accepting things like that and honors like that, because I see so many people put in a lot of work. It’s hard to feel deserving of it, but it does validate that what I’m doing, putting in work and executing. It does feel good.”

In addition to posting a historic mark and earning national recognition, Mosby also put up provisional qualifying marks for nationals in the 60m hurdles, high jump and long jump in the competition.

“It definitely takes a weight off,” she says of posting national-qualifying marks, “I came in kind of struggling with those events, so that shows me that we’ve done the work we’ve needed to do. Those events are the ones that take the most effort and the most attention. To know I’m sitting well with those puts me at ease.”