Rock men shine in final tune up

The Slippery Rock University men’s indoor track and field team hit 16 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference qualifying marks, three NCAA provisional qualifying marks and recorded eight top-10 finishes Saturday at the Kent State Tune-Up.

Saturday’s meet was the final tune-up before next weekend’s PSAC Championships at Bucknell.

The highlight of the night came in the pole vault, as Rock freshman standout Jordan Pacheco won the seeded event with an NCAA provisional mark of 4.90 meters. That mark currently stands as the 10th best in Division II this season.

Pacheco was joined by Cody Colagrande in hitting the NCAA standard in the pole vault. Colagrande placed fifth with a clearance of 4.75 meters, a season best and the 19th best mark in the nation. John Piserchio also reached the PSAC standard in the event with a clearance of 4.45 meters to place ninth.

The Rock also got a strong showing from its shot putters, led by Trevor Miller, who placed fourth with a personal best and NCAA provisional throw of 16.39 meters. His mark ranks 22nd in Division II this year. Miller was joined by Jerrod Galloway in eighth at 15.62 meters and Kaleb Kingston in 20th at 13.68 meters in also reaching the PSAC standard.

Slippery Rock’s throwers also had a strong showing in the weight throw, with four athletes hitting the PSAC standard. Miller led the way there as well, placing 13th with a toss of 16.06 meters. Billy Martin was 15th at 15.86 meters, followed by David Reinhardt in 17th at 15.49 meters and Nick Turk in 19th at 15.30 meters.

On the track, The Rock had two PSAC qualifying marks in the 800-meter run. Tyler Melius was eighth in 1:55.01 and Stephen Shephard was 13th in 1:57.82.

Hans Lubich rounded out the top field event performances with a PSAC clearance in the high jump, placing seventh at 1.92 meters.

Hunter Williams placed 10th in the 200-meter dash in 22.24 seconds to lead the sprinters.

Brandon Vanderbrook reached the PSAC mark in the 60-meter dash, placing 23rd in 7.21 seconds.

The final PSAC qualifying mark of the day came from Morgan Elliott, who placed 22nd in the mile in 4:25.57.

Slippery Rock will enter the PSAC Championships next Saturday and Sunday as a favorite for a top-five finish in the team standings.






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