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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Miner men's track takes Gourley Open

  • For second straight week Miners win team championship.
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  • For the second consecutive week, Missouri S&T's men's track & field team captured a team championship as it won three events and added an NCAA Division II provisional qualifier to take the Darrel Gourley Open at William Jewell College.
    Two of the wins came in field events, as David Jones-Richerson won the pole vault competition with a mark of 15-1 and Joseph Vellella took first in the discus with a mark of 146-feet. S&T also got a victory from its 4x400-meter relay team of Tyler Ingham, Nathan VanDomelen, Chris Smith and Chayce Boyce with a winning time of 3:29.61.
    Vellella added a second place showing in the hammer throw with a mark of 188-2 and Trevor King was second in the decathlon with a school record 6,293 points, making the provisional qualifying mark in the process.
    The Miners got a second place finish from Danny Deposki in the 5,000-meters with a time of 16:00.87, Trace Norfleet in the long jump at 22-11 ¾ and from Vandomelen in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.52 seconds, just ahead of Boyce's time of 58.97. Luke Mohlenbrock also had a third place showing in the high jump as he cleared 6-2¾.
    S&T also had a third place finish from Artis Norfleet in the long jump at 22-0¼ and Jaren Underwood in the triple jump with a leap of 42-6¼.
    Andrew Naeger was fourth in the steeplechase in 10:48.40 as was Piotr Gal in the decathlon with 5,775 points, Aaron Francis in the triple jump at 42-4 ¼, Nick Barrett in the discus at 138-10 and Alec Hackett in the pole vault at 13-7¼. Fifth place finishes came from Underwood in the long jump with a mark of 20-9¾ and Jacob Thebeau in the triple jump at 40-7½.
    Brian Scherping recorded a sixth in the 800-meters in 2:02.96 along with Travis Connelly in the 5,000 in 16:21.38 and Stephen Mull in the hammer at 145-7.
    Smith finished seventh in the 100-meters in 10.95 seconds as was Justin Brown in the 1,500-meters in 4:15.69, while Hackett had an eighth place showing in the javelin throw at 140-9. Brady Vetter was 10th in the 200-meters in 22.67 seconds.
    The Miners will host the Dewey Allgood Invitational next Saturday at Allgood-Bailey Stadium.

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