Kallenberger Sets School Record as UCM Competes at MSSU Open

JOPLIN, Mo. – The No. 1 ranked Jennies and No. 8 Mules track teams competed in the Missouri Southern Open, hosted by MIAA rivals, Missouri Southern. Both teams came away with big performances on the conference and national levels.

For the Jennies, sophomore Brittany Kallenberger set a new school record in the pole vault. She jumped an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 3.92m (12′ 10.25″) to win the event, and claim a UCM record that had been held since 2005. Kallenberger also finished second in the high jump, jumping 1.65m (5′ 5″), a provisional qualifying mark.

Freshman Erika Kinsey earned a pair of victories herself in the long and triple jumps. Kinsey became the first Jen in school history to jump over 20 feet. Her mark of 6.14m (10′ 1.75″) is a school record and NCAA automatic qualifyer.Kinsey improved upon her NCAA Division II qualifying jump with a leap of 12.93m (42′ 5.25″), putting herself at the top of the division. She now has automatically qualifyed for nationals in four events, the long jump, triple jump, high jump and pentathlon.

UCM placed two Jennies in the top-three in the 60m hurdles. Victoria Jackson and Madison Smith placed second and third respectively. Jackson’s time of 8.82 seconds is an NCAA provisional qualifying time and third in the MIAA.

Heavin Warner became just the second Jennie in team history to throw over 50 feet in the shot put. Warner, who was already No. 2 all time in the event, improved upon her mark by three-and-a-half feet, throwing 15.27m (50′ 1.25″). The throw moves her up to sixth place in Division II this year. Warner won both the shot put and weight throw events for the third consecutive week. She was the winner of the weight throw with a toss of 18.70m (61′ 4.25″)

On the track the Jennies 4x400m team finished in third place with a season-best time of 3:57.40. Three of the four members of the relay team ran the open 600 yard run. Kailey Fuchs won the event with a time of 1:26.66. Finishing just behind her was Katie Cassidy in 1:28.52. And Nikki Douglas finished sixth in 1:29.66. The only member of the relay not to run in the 600 yard run was Kinsey.

For the Mules, George Charalambous walked away with a pair of top-five finishes. He finished second in the long jump with a provisional qualifying jump of 7.12m (23′ 4.5″). Charalambous also finished fifth in the high jump, jumping 1.93m (6′ 4″).

Also a part of the jumps team were Andre Wooten and Nick Ramirez who finished in fifth and sixth places respectively in the triple jump. Wooten leaped 47′ 0.75″ while Ramirez followed with a mark of 46′ 9.50″.

In the pole vault, national leader and reigning MIAA Athlete of the Week Cole Phillips took home third place when he jumped 4.96m (16′ 3.25″).

Caniggia Raynor and Jacob Mahin represented the Mules throwing squad. Raynor took second place in the weight throw with a mark of 19.52m (64′ 0.50″) while Mahin took fourth in the shot put, throwing 15.96m (52′ 4.50″).

On the track Adam Tredway finished in second place in the mile run in 4:18.31. Osvaldo Granillo also took a top-five finish on the track, placing third in the 600 yard run in 1:14.15.

Both teams will be in action next week for the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale, Mich. on the campus of Grand Valley State. The meet is one of the biggest indoor meets in all of Division II with many top competitors. The two-day meet gets underway Friday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m.


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