Monday, December 10, 2018

MSSU soccer player McCord named to Division II Women's Scholar All-North/Central Region team

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern women's soccer program landed senior midfielder Alex McCord on the 2018 NCAA Division II Women's Scholar All-North/Central Region team Monday morning presented by the United Soccer Coaches.

An education major, McCord followed all the requirements of earning a grade point average of a 3.0 or higher (3.04) along with her effort on the field. She contributed to a program that
combined for a 3.15 GPA towards capturing the Team Academic Award for the ninth time in school history.

The Shoreview, Minnesota native finished tied for second on the team in goals with four, which all came on penalty attempts (4-for-4), while also taking second in points (9) and shots (22) on her way to earning All-MIAA honorable mention.

Two other players from the MIAA earned third-team All-Region honors in junior midfielders Emily Madden (Emergency & Disaster Management; 3.32) and Isabelle Romano (Marketing: 3.61) to round out the conference.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

MSSU track teams post strong start in indoor opener

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Pittsburg, Kan. - The Missouri Southern men's and women's track and field teams opened up the 2018 indoor season today at the Pittsburg State Crimson and Gold Invitational, coming home with a school record and seven NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

Morgan Smith broke her own school record in the 60m hurdles, winning the event in a time of 8.63, .02 of a second in front of her previous best and also good for an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Elizabeth Adeoye placed 9th in the event, while Montasia Shannon and Deiajuane Watts placed 10th and 14th.

Travis Petersen picked up an NCAA provisional mark in the weight throw, placing 2nd in a distance of 61-01.25. Josh Fulmer was fifth, while Trace Henault placed 11th.

Payton Roberts was 2nd in the shot put with an NCAA provisional mark of 50-01.75, while Fulmer placed 5th in the men's shot in a distance of 52-02.00. Roberts placed 8th in the weight throw with a distance of 49-02.50, while Kirsten Leisinger was 12th.

In the invitational pole vault, Elena Bisotto was 2nd and Jordan Banker was 4th, both picking up NCAA provisional marks. Bisotto cleared 12-02.50, while Banker cleared 11-10.50. Samantha Petry was 8th at 11-02.50.

In the open pole vault, Lauren Sutherland had an NCAA provisional mark of 11-10.50 to place 2nd, while Megan Tramel was 3rd at 11-06.50. Dean Howard placed 6th in the men's pole vault with an NCAA provisional mark of 15-06.25

Jasmine Deckard nearly picked off her own school record in the 60m dash with an NCAA provisional mark of 7.68, just .02 of a second from the previous mark. She placed 5th in the event. Deckard won the 300m dash in a time of 39.67, while Adeoye placed 3rd in a time of 41.11.

Jon Johnson won the 600y in a time of 1:11.66, a little under six tenths of a second from his school record. Scott Lewis was 9th in a time of 1:16.62. Ivan Colbert was 7th in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.46, while Douglas Depagneux was 4th in the 300m with a time of 35:17. Colbert was 11th in the 300m.

Rachel Ray was 5th in the 600y, while Kelsey Evans was 6th in the 800m, while Sara Lin placed 11th and Sarah Peoples was 14th. Janna Hautala was 9th in the mile in a tie of 5:16.26, while Nathan Painter was 3rd and Tadd Capron was 5th in the mile with times of 4:16.68 and 4:17.17.

Nekola Wynter was 3rd in the high jump at 5-05, while Ojurere Shonekan was 7th in the long jump at 17-06.00. Jeremiah Wald placed 7th in the triple jump in a distance of 44-07.00.

The women's mile relay team of Ray, Ashlynn Vanatter, Evans and Smith placed 4th in a time of 4:00.31, while another team of Watts, Lin, Peoples and Hautala was 10th. The men's mile relay team of Johnson, Depagneux, Blake Gillihan and Lewis placed 9th in a time of 3:21.45.
In other action Friday night, Gidieon Kimutai was 2nd in the 5k at Northwest Missouri. The freshman picked up a strong NCAA provisional mark of 4:13.17 in the event.

Southern will be back in action after the new year when the Lions travel to Northwest Missouri to compete on January 18-19.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

MSSU men hang on for 85-79 win over Northeastern State

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The 19th-ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball team held on in a close one, 85-79 over visiting Northeastern State today on Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Southern (9-1, 2-0 MIAA) had five in double-figures, led by 23 points and nine rebounds from Kinzer Lambert. Cam Martin scored 22, while Braelon Walker and Reggie Tharp had 14 and 10 points, respectively. Elyjah Clark was scoreless, late into the second half, but finished with a double-double, scoring 12 and pulling down 10 rebounds.

NSU (5-4, 0-2 MIAA) was led by 19 points from Caleb Smith.

Southern led 15-9 at the 15-minute mark of the first half, but three-straight forced turnovers by the Lions, led to three-straight fast-break buckets from Walker and forced a timeout for the RiverHawks with the Lions leading 21-9 with 13:33 left in the half.

NSU, however, scored ten-straight points to get within two (21-19) with 9:52 to go, but a three from Parker Jennings stopped the run the next trip down. The Lions' lead was one (26-25) with 7:29 left, but a layup from Tharp with 4:51 left made the score 35-27 and a three from Tharp with 2:39 to go pushed the lead to 11 (42-31). A late jumper from NSU made the score 45-33, Lions at the half.

A bucket from Martin with 18:44 left in the second half made the score 47-37, but a 7-2 run from the RiverHawks cut the lead to five (49-45) with 16:25 left. A three from NSU cut the Lions' lead to four (53-49) with 14 to go, but a three from Lambert with 12:41 left pushed the lead back to nine (58-49) with 12:41 left.

The Southern lead was three (61-58) with just under 11 left, but back-to-back three's from Lambert pushed the lead back to nine at 67-58 with 9:42 left. Another three from Lambert, this one as the shot clock was expiring, gave the Lions a 73-64 lead with 5:41 left.

The Southern lead was four (73-69) with 3:37 left, but free throws from Walker and a layup a three from Clark made the lead 80-71 with 1:37 left. After the RiverHawks cut the lead back to four, free throws from Clark down the stretch sealed the win.

The Lions shot 49 percent from the field and forced 10 turnovers, scoring 16 points off of the miscues. The Lions had eight fast-break points in the game.

The Lions will be back in action on December 19 as Southern plays host to Upper Iowa. Tip off from the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 12 pm.