30th annual Jock’s Nitch/Gorilla Relays bring over 50 teams to the area


The 30th annual Jock’s Nitch/PSU Gorillas Relay brought 56 teams and over 1400 athletes to Pittsburg, Kansas.

Individually, Joplin’s Micah Bruggeman set the course record for the Boys 2000m Steeplechase with a time of 6 minutes and 15 seconds. He would also take 1st in the 800m. Teammate, Isaiah Davis, would place first in Javelin with a throw of 179.07 feet. Carthage had three individuals finish events in first place. Dylan Pruiett finished first in high jump at 6 feet 8 inches. Taris Jackson would win the Triple Jump and Clayton Whitehead captured first in the 3200m. Nevada’s Devin McHugh finished 1st in the 400m.

On the girl’s side Pittsburg’s, Faith Turner, had a very impressive outing winning the Triple Jump, 100m dash, and Long Jump. Pitt High teammate, Laken Robinson won the high jump at 5 feet 4 inches. A pair of Webb City Cardinals took home top spots with Octavia Duncan winning the shot put and freshman, Riley Hawkins, winning the Girls 2000m Steeplechase. Kaesha George of Monett would win the Javelin toss. 

Broken Arrow would win the boys’ team title. Carthage had the highest finish out of local teams with a 3rd place finish on the boys’ side. Ozark would win on the girls’ side with Pittsburg finishing 5th, the highest finish of local girls teams. 

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