In their final tuneup before next week's conference meet, the Missouri S&T track and field teams took part in the Central Missouri Classic Friday night and got a pair of first place finishes as well as four seconds to lead those efforts.


The two first place finishes came from the reigning Great Lakes Valley Conference “Athletes of the Week,” on the men's side as Dan Hellwig captured the pole vault competition for the second week in succession, winning with a clearance of 16-2 ¾ and Brendan Smith coming away victorious in the 800-meters in 1:55.12.


Jared Anders was second in the pole vault at 16-2 ¾, while Elijah Thomas was third in the long jump with a mark of 21-11 ¾ as was Joe Smith in the triple jump at 45-5 ¾, Allen Ernst in the 3,000-meters in 8:50.13 and Eric Fairbairn in the 800-meters in 1:57.70.


In their final tuneup before next week's conference meet, the Missouri S&T track and field teams took part in the Central Missouri Classic Friday night and got a pair of first place finishes as well as four seconds to lead those efforts.

The two first place finishes came from the reigning Great Lakes Valley Conference “Athletes of the Week,” on the men's side as Dan Hellwig captured the pole vault competition for the second week in succession, winning with a clearance of 16-2 ¾ and Brendan Smith coming away victorious in the 800-meters in 1:55.12.

Jared Anders was second in the pole vault at 16-2 ¾, while Elijah Thomas was third in the long jump with a mark of 21-11 ¾ as was Joe Smith in the triple jump at 45-5 ¾, Allen Ernst in the 3,000-meters in 8:50.13 and Eric Fairbairn in the 800-meters in 1:57.70.

S&T’s 4x440-yard relay team of Brendan Smith, Bryan Kluge, Brandon Etzold and Terry Robinson also took third place by posting a time of 3:32.64.

Fourth place finishes came from Sean Martin in the long jump at 21-7 ¼, Joe Vehige in the high jump at 6-4 ¾ and Mike Wilson in the 200-meters in 22.71 seconds, while Jeff Pike finished fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 43-9 1/4

Smith was sixth in the long jump at 21-4 ¼ along with Cody Wiggins in the triple jump at 43-1 ½ and David Huskisson in the 3,000-meters in 8:54.51. S&T had seventh place finishes from Bryan Hogan in the 400-meters in 52.83 seconds, Brett Vessell in the 200-meters in 22.84 seconds and Channa Srouch in the 600-yard run in 1:29.13.

Eighth place finishes came from Mike Renkoski in the mile with a time of 4:37.30, Drew Thomas in the 800-meters in 2:02.03 and Robert Erhardt in the 400 in 52.88.
Pike took 10th place with a mark of 20-7 in the long jump as did Thomas in the high jump at 5-10 ¾ and Lucas Jaster in the weight throw at 48-8; Jaster was also 12th in the shot put with a mark of 46-3 ¼.

Derick Winkle placed 11th in the 400-meters in 53.58 seconds, just ahead of teammate Alex Chambers in 53.77. Joe Skelton was also 12th in the 800-meters in 2:02.80 as was Martin in the 200-meters in 23.16 seconds and Grant Brown in the 3,000-meters in 9:10.15.

The Lady Miners had a trio of second place efforts Friday, getting them from Natalie Updyke in the 400-meters with a time of 1:01.08, Tamara McCaskill, who cleared 5-7 to end up second in the high jump and its 4x440-yard relay team.

The quartet of Kassie Osborne, Updyke, Lindsay Crutcher and Paige Kruse posted a time of 4:09.08 for its second place finish in the relay.

Brittany Luetzinger ended up fourth in the pole vault with a clearance of 10-4 as was Sadye Wichmann in the triple jump with a mark of 35-5 ¼ and Kruse in the 400-meters in 1:01.92. Colleen Conrad took fifth place in the 3,000-meters in 11:15.74.

Osborne finished right behind Kruse in the 400-meters in 1:02.32, while Crutcher was sixth in 1:03.33. Hillary Griffith placed seventh in the 200-meters in 27.26 seconds and Mindy Lake was eighth in the 3,000-meters in 11:24.26.

The Miners and Lady Miners will compete next weekend at the GLVC Indoor Championships in Kenosha, Wis. Missouri S&T's men's team is the defending conference champion.