Triple jumpers highlight Point Park men's indoor T&F at Kent State Tune-UpFeb. 21, 2015
Jryi Davis takes his leap in the triple jump Saturday at Kent State. Photo by Ty Smith.
KENT, Ohio -- Point Park University men's indoor track and field competed Saturday at the Kent State Tune-up, and it was a couple of near-national meet qualifications from the Pioneers' triple jumpers that highlighted the day.
Shaun Berry, a freshman from Shadyside Academy in Pittsburgh, and Jryi Davis, a freshman from Bangor, Pa., placed seventh and ninth, respectively in the triple jump, and they both narrowly missed qualifying for the NAIA indoor national championship meet.
The Kent State Tune-Up, an NCAA Division I meet, was the last event of the season for the Pioneers. So they won't get another chance to qualify for the nationa indoor meet, which is March 5-7 in Geneva, Ohio.
Berry leaped for a school record of 13.94 meters to place seventh in the triple jump. Davis was not far behind in ninth place at 13.86 meters. The NAIA indoor national qualifying standard is 14.00 meters, meaning that Berry came up 6 centimeters (2.3 inches) short, and Davis came up 14 centimeters (5.5 inches) short.
Berry was also 17th in the high jump at 1.80 meters (5 feet, 10.75 inches), and Davis was 16th in the long jump at 6.08 meters (19 feet, 11.5 inches).
Other highlights for the Pioneers at Kent State came from the 400 meters, where Alexander Vaughn set a school record at 51.17 seconds and placed 20th. Also in that event, Chris Rider (59.76) and Saffir Maddox (1:01) set personal-best times in the last indoor meet of the season.
In the 800 meters, Heath Hougas set a school record with a 2:05, which placed 37th at the NCAA Division I meet.
Eric Torres competed in the 5,000 meters and placed 22nd at 16:07. Chris Hunt ran the mile in 4:49 for 48th place.
Point Park's 4x400 meter relay team of Hunt, Vaughn, John Wiley and Zachary Watt had a time of 3:39.96 to place 15th.
For complete meet results, click the link above. The Pioneers will now transition to the outdoor track and field season for their next competitions.