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18 Gorillas Qualify for 2015 NCAA-II Outdoor Championships

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Eighteen Pittsburg State University track & field athletes – 10 men and eight women – have qualified for the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships, which will take place May 21-23 at the Grand Valley State University Track & Field Stadium in Allendale, Mich.


The Pitt State men are led by junior Garrett Appier, who qualified second in the shot put (60-0). Senior Marquise Cushon has the third-best mark in the triple jump (50-5), while the 400m relay team of Andre Sanders, Slade Nordic, Jason Crow and Bryce Starks has qualfied fifth with a time of 40.37. Starks also has the seventh-fastest time in the open 100 meters (10.35), while Crow qualified 18th in the open 200 meters (21.15).

Senior Jeff Piepenbrink, the defending national champion in the pole vault, qualified sixth in the discipline (16-11.5), while redshirt freshman Tanner McNutt qualified seventh in the decathlon (7013 pts). Sophomore Bo Farrow qualified eighth in the discus (176-11.25) and 10th in the shot put (57-8.75). Senior Marquel Nickens qualified 12th in the 400m hurdles (52.32), while senior Luke Wilson qualified 16th in the hammer throw (194-7.75).

The Pitt State women are led by senior Jessica Macy, who enters the championships with the top time in the 10,000 meters (34:25.51). She also qualfied 12th in the 5,000 meters (16:43.73). Senior Antqunita Reed, the defending national champion in the triple jump, qualified fourth in that discipline (42-7) as well as in the long jump (20-2.75).

Freshman Cynthia Nelson qualified third in the 100m hurdles (13.58), while sophomore Emilyn Dearman qualified sixth in the 400m hurdles (59.62) and seventh in the heptathlon (5180 pts). Sophomore Heather Glenn also qualfied seventh in the pole vault (12-9.5). Junior Cassie Caswell qualfied 14th in the shot put (48-7.5) and 19th in the discus (154-11.75), while redshirt freshman Jasmine Smith qualfied 18th in the shot put (47-4.75).
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