Missouri S&T Jusean Archibald broke the school record in the 110-meter hurdles Saturday and made a strong NCAA provisional mark in the process as several of S&T's track & field competitors competed in the Sam Williams Twilight Qualifier at Emporia State University.
Archibald ran a 14.11 with a 3.8 meters per second wind at his back – just inside the legal mark of 4.0 to be able to qualify for an NCAA spot – and shattered Pat Short's long-standing school record in the event of 14.40 that had stood since 1989.
The time posted by Archibald nearly made the automatic qualifying time of 14.10 for the event.
Adriel Hawkins ran a 21.55 in the 200-meters and Joseph Vellella had a mark of 172-8 in the hammer throw. Alec Hackett competed in the pole vault but did not clear the bar on his three attempts.
Among the Lady Miner competitors in action Saturday, Rachel Ederle, who reached an NCAA Division II provisional mark in the pole vault on Friday in a meet at Missouri Southern, cleared 11-6¼ Saturday in the event as did Molly Clement.
Taylor Cipicchio went over the bar at 10-6¼ in the pole vault, while Mary Ann Bradshaw ran a 1:08.84 in the 400-meter hurdles.
The NCAA will announce the field for the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships this week; the meet is scheduled to begin May 23 in Pueblo, Colo.
At Joplin, with a couple of last opportunities remaining to make or improve a national qualifying mark, Missouri S&T's track & field teams sent a number of individuals to the Missouri Southern Last Chance meet Friday evening. One member of each of those teams was able to do exactly that.
Ryan McGuire improved his provisional mark as he went over the bar at 16-3½, while S&T got a new provisional qualifier on the women's side in Rachel Ederle, who made her mark in the pole vault as she cleared 11-11¾.
Among the other men in competition, Hawkins posted a time of 21.72 seconds in the 200-meters, David Jones-Richerson had a mark of 14-10 in the pole vault, Archibald posted a leap of 21-11¾ in the long jump and a time of 14.68 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, while Joseph Vellella had a throw of an even 170 feet in the hammer.
The only other women's competitors in action Friday at Missouri Southern were pole vaulters Clement – who cleared 11-5¾ - and Taylor Cipicchio, who did not clear the bar on any of her three attempts.