The men’s and women’s track & field teams enjoyed a pair of successful seasons again in 2010.
The Gorilla men finished as the MIAA runner-up at the conference meet, which Pitt State hosted at Prentice Gudgen Track/Carnie Smith Stadium on May 8-9, while the women placed third overall.
Both squads qualified several athletes to the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships, which took place at Charlotte, N.C. The Pitt State men came away with a ninth place finish at nationals, while the women placed 21st overall.
For the men, junior Mike Beeler finished as the national runner-up in the javelin and senior Jeremy Jackson placed as the national runner-up in the 110 meter hurdles. Junior Kiara Jones also earned All-America honors with a fifth-place showing in the triple jump, while senior Brian Allen placed sixth in the hammer throw and junior Ethan Hobbs placed sixth in the pole vault.
For the women, sophomore Larissa Richards, also a post player on the Pitt State women’s basketball team, earned All-America honors with a third-place effort in the discus throw and a fifth-place finish in the shot put. Junior Gretchen Clark and freshman Amber Kloster also garnered All-America honors with eighth-place showings in the high jump and the javelin respectively.
Head coach Russ Jewett was named the NCAA Division II South Central Region Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year at the end of the season.
The Pitt State men’s combined cross country and track & field squads were ranked No. 2 nationally by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the conclusion of the 2009-10 academic year.
The Gorillas, who finished among the top 10 schools at nationals in indoor and outdoor track & field, ranked second behind only Adams State College. Pitt State compiled 33.5 points in the USTFCCCA’s scoring system, which awards points based upon a school’s final standings at nationals.
The Gorillas placed 18th overall at cross country nationals, sixth nationally in indoor track and tied for ninth place in outdoor track.