Juergens qualifies for nationals at Gorilla Classic

Pittsburg, Kan. -- The Missouri Southern men's track and field team picked up two wins and six provisionals at the Gorilla Classic today at Pittsburg State University.

Michael Juergens had a big day in the pole vault, becoming just the fourth Southern athlete to ever clear 17 feet outdoors as the senior hit 17-00.00 to win the event. It's the sixth-highest mark in the history of the program, is an automatic NCAA qualifying height and ranks third so far this season in Division II.

Brady Melugin also picked up a provisional in the pole vault, finishing third at 16-00.00, while Raymond Woldtvedt, John Lowe, Zach Bobbett and Jarret Keller placed 6th, 10th, 13th and 17th in the event.

Dustin Green picked up a pair of provisionals of his own as he won the shot put with a provisional distance of 56-04.50. Seth Hackney also nailed a provisional with a third place finish in a distance of 53-09.75, while Evan Moore was seventh.

Green didn't let up, though, as he picked up a big provisional in the discus, nearly breaking his own school record in the process. He finished third, but his distance of 180-02 ranks fourth in Division II this season and was just shy of an automatic qualifying mark. Nicklas Polizzi was sixth in the event. Green was fifth in the hammer throw with a distance of 172-02, while Zach Williams placed eighth in the javelin. 

Taylor McClelland picked up a provisional in the long jump with a second-place finish and a distance of 23-08.25, while Juergens and Tylor Albright placed 10th and 11th. McClelland was seventh in the triple jump, as well. 

In other action, Erron Holley placed second in the 100m (10.76), while placing sixth in the 200m. Clark Tanksley was third in the 400m with a time of 49.18, while Miles Migliara placed 10th in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:06.45. 

Andrew Webster placed third in the 5k with a time of 15:19.82, while Jazz Allen was third in the 110m hurdles and seventh in the 400m hurdles. 

Southern has a busy week this week as some of the team will be participating in the KU relays on April 17th and 18th, while others will be at the Central Missouri Mule Relays on April 19. The bulk of the squad will be at Missouri S&T a week from today.