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Gorillas Claim Four More All-America Performances Friday

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The Pittsburg State University men's and women's outdoor track & field teams positioned themselves in the top five in team standings on day two of the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships thanks to a quartet of All-America performances.


The Pitt State women added to their point total early Friday as sophomore Emilyn Dearman placed fourth in the heptathlon with a career-best 5,240 points. Junior Cassie Caswell added a ninth-place showing in the women's discus with a best throw of 154-10. She entered the competition seeded 19th in the discipline. Freshman Courtney Nelson capped the women's day by posting the second-fastest time in qualifying (13.57) in the 100 meter hurdles, advancing to Saturday's finals.

For the men, redshirt freshman Tanner McNutt garnered All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the decathlon. He compiled a career-high 6,995 points in the multi-events.

Senior Marquise Cushon added a fifth-place showing in the men's triple jump (50-6.25). He wrapped up a decorated career for the Gorillas as a three-time outdoor All-American in the discipline. Sophomore Bo Farrow added to the Gorillas' big day with a third-place All-America showing in the discus with a personal-best throw of 183-6. Senior Jason Crow also raced in the prelims of the 200 meters but was unable to advance to Saturday's finals.

The Pitt State women finished the day in a tie for fourth place in the team standings – with Ashland – with 17 points. The Gorillas trail Central Missouri (51), Grand Valley State (24) and New Mexico Highlands (17).

The Pitt State men scored 14 points to land in a tie for fifth place with Azusa Pacific and Chico State. The Gorillas trail Findlay (37), Southern Indiana (21), Ashland (19) and Central Missouri (16).

Saturday's final day action gets underway at 11 a.m. (EDT) with the women's javelin throw.
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