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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • S&T men 2nd in GLVC Indoor Track

  • The Missouri S&T men's track team had four finishes among the top three individual events Saturday and ended up in second place at the Great Lakes Valley Conference's Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Indianapolis.
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  • The Missouri S&T men's track team had four finishes among the top three individual events Saturday and ended up in second place at the Great Lakes Valley Conference's Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Indianapolis.
    The Miners finished a solid second to UIndy in the meet, scoring 98 points to finish 26 points in front of Southern Indiana. The Greyhounds scored 144 points on Saturday and won the meet with a total of 200 points.
    On Saturday, S&T got a second place finish from Jusean Archibald in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.24 seconds, losing by just 0.01 seconds to Indianapolis' Jermel Kindred, as well as a pair of seconds from Adriel Hawkins, getting them in the triple jump with a mark of 46-10¼ and 200-meters in 21.88 seconds.
    Hawkins' performance in the 200 was also an improvement on his provisional qualifying time as was Archibald's in the hurdles.
    Trace Norfleet took third in the triple jump with a leap of 46-0¾. Piotr Gal finished fourth in the heptathlon with a score of 4,470, while teammate Trevor King was sixth with 4,215 points and Alec Hackett finished eighth with 4.093. Hackett had the best mark in the heptathlon pole vault with a clearance of 13-9¼.
    Jaren Underwood was fifth in the triple jump at 43-9¼ as was Hawkins in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.91 in the finals.
    S&T also got a sixth place finish from the 4x400-meter relay team of Travis Smith, Brian Scherping, Max Pfleiderer and Billy Neds in a time of 3:31.38.
    Ryan McGuire, the winner of the pole vault on Friday, was the only Miner named to the All-GLVC first team for his performance at the meet. Hawkins, Archibald and Mike Grinde, the runner-up in the pole vault, were second team selections.
    Friday
    Missouri S&T sophomore Ryan McGuire captured the GLVC championship in the pole vault Friday.
    McGuire cleared 16-3¼ - improving his NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark in the process – to lead a contingent of four Miners in the top five overall in that event. Mike Grinde also improved his NCAA provisional mark by finishing second with a clearance of 15-8¼, while Cody Durand finished fourth at 14-8¼ and David Jones-Richerson was fifth with a mark of 14-2½.
    The Miners also had three of the top eight finishers in the long jump, led by Jusean Archibald's third place finish with a mark of 22-8. Trace Norfleet finished fifth at 22-5¼ and Dominic Jones came in eighth place with a leap of 21-11.
    Joseph Vellella broke the school record in the weight throw and nearly reached a provisional qualifying mark in the process with his throw of 55-10 to earn a third place finish. S&T's distance medley relay team of Kyle Stocker, Billy Neds, Robert Naeger and Chris Marchman took sixth in a time of 10:33.50.
    Page 2 of 2 - In the preliminary events held Friday, Adriel Hawkins qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash with a mark of 6.93 seconds and in the 200-meters in 22.16 seconds, as did Archibald in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.56 seconds.

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