MEET RECAP: Pittsburg State Men, West Texas A&M Women Win NCAA DII Indoor T&F Team Titles
PITTSBURG, Kan. – History was made on Saturday at the Robert W. Plaster Center during the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, as two programs won their first indoor national titles.
The Pittsburg State men and the West Texas A&M women are bringing home titles to their respective towns after an incredibly exciting finish.
The Gorillas literally took it down to the wire, as it had 49 team points heading into the final event, the men’s 4×400. However, Pittsburg State did not field a team in the event, meaning second-place Tiffin – who sat behind the Gorillas with 48 points – just had to place in order to take home its third-straight title.
However, the Dragons placed ninth, failing to score a single point to tie by just .29 seconds, clinching the title for Pittsburg State.
The Gorillas won a single event title from Bo Farrow in the shot put, while getting runner-up finishes in the 60 hurdles form Justice Burks, in the high jump from Ian Duncan and in the heptathlon from Tanner McNutt.
Pittsburg State highest finish before was in 1995 when the Gorillas placed third.
Adams State (44), Ashland (40.5) and Texas A&M-Commerce (29) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
The women’s title was won in a little less dramatic fashion, as the Lady Buffs won with 53 points – 13 more than runner-up Western State.
Much of the success of West Texas A&M can be directly attributed to Fatim Affessi and Rellie Kaputin, who combined for 31 points in the long jump and triple jump events. Kaputin won the long jump, while Affessi placed fourth in the event on Friday. The following day, Affessi took home first in the triple jump while Kaputin came in third.
West Texas A&M came in fifth last season for its highest finish before Saturday’s victory.
Lincoln (Mo.) (36) and U-Mary (31) placed third and fourth, respectively, while Adams State and Pittsburg State tied for fifth with 30 points each.