Missouri Southern’s outdoor track and field team qualified a record-high 19 student-athletes for the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Kingsville, Texas, in late May.

The Lions came away with 12 All-American performances, led by a national championship in the women’s javelin by junior Morgan Ash, of White City, Kan.; as well as a pair of All-American performances in the women’s shot put and discus by junior Desirea Buerge, of Webb City, Mo.

Buerge was the national runner-up in the shot put, while senior Emily Presley, St. Clair, Mo., was the national runner-up in the pole vault.

The women finished in sixth place in the team standings, the highest ever for Missouri Southern in the women’s Outdoor Championships. Buerge and assistant coach Brian Allen were named the Central Region Field Athlete and Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Southern men finished 24th at the championships. That, along with strong finishes in the indoor season and cross country, led the Lions to finish eighth in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Program of the Year standings.

The Lions were the top MIAA team for the fifth time in the last six years.

“I am proud of our coaching staff and student-athletes,” said Bryan Schiding, director of cross country/track and field. “They all worked tirelessly throughout the year, which culminated in a successful campaign.”