Charlotte, NC -- Emily Presley finished second, narrowly missing out on her fourth national championship in the pole vault, as the Missouri Southern men's and women's track and field teams competed in day one of the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Johnson C. Smith University.
Presley was going for a third-straight title in the outdoor pole vault, but finished second on fewest misses after clearing a height of 12-11.50. Presley picked up All-American honors and eight points for the Lions in the process and earns her sixth All-American honor in her career.
Allie Heckemeyer sits in 10th place after day one of the heptathlon with 2,933 points. Heckemeyer finished 3rd in the high jump and 8th in the 200m, while placing 12th in the 100m hurdles and shot put. Heckemeyer has the long jump, javelin and 800m tomorrow starting at 10 am and is 188 points behind the leader going into the final day.
In other action on day one, Bryan Burns finished 16th in the hammer throw with a distance of 188-2. Destiny Akannam nearly broke a school record and just barely missed out on the finals in the 400m dash. The senior ran a time of 54.60, just .27 off of the MSSU record in the event and the final spot in qualifying.
Jasmine Deckard (100m) and Matt Willis (400m hurdles) both missed out on qualifying for the finals of their sprint events.
Day two will start off with the second day of competition for Heckemeyer in the heptathlon at 10:00 am. Burns will then take part in the discus at 4 pm, an event he holds the school record in and ranks second nationally. Heckemeyer will then compete in the triple jump at 4:45 pm where she was an All-American in the event during the indoor season. Deckard will close competition for the Lions on day two with the prelims of the 200m at 5:50 pm. She holds the MSSU school record in the event and ranks 11th nationally.