Audrey J. Walton Track/Soccer Field/Stadium - Track & Field
Made possible by Mrs. Walton's $1 million donation in 1996, and dedicated at the 1998 Big 12 Track & Field Championships, the Walton Stadium was quickly recognized as one of the finest track and soccer stadiums in the Midwest.
Its innovative design was furthered in 2006 when, through an additional donation from Mrs. Walton, the existing track was resurfaced and the addition of a state-of-the-art throws field on the stadium's north-end was completed. Recognized as one of the top facilities in the nation, Walton Stadium underwent an additional resurfacing in 2013.
Walton Stadium possesses all the amenities that comprise the nation's top dual-sport facilities. Sitting along the west side of the track, the stadium serves both the track and soccer teams, as well as softball. With home plate set alongside the track/soccer venue, the service facilities of Walton Stadium play double-duty, offering restrooms, concession stands, and ticket booths for spectators of all three sports. Along with the fan accommodations, Walton Stadium also offers a full-size press box for softball, track, and soccer media.
In 2005, the second annual Audrey Walton Combined Events played host to the first women's decathlon in North America. Former K-State heptathlete Austra Skujyte broke the IAAF's newly-ratified World Record in the event, scoring 8,358 points. Since then, Walton Stadium has been home to some of the country's most competitive track & field meets. Among those was the 2007 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, during which 90 teams descended upon Columbia, as well as the 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2010 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
- First Meet: March 28, 1997, high school quadrangular featuring Rock Bridge, Hickman, Mexico, and Fulton Mexico swept the girls and boys team titles.
- First Race: High School Girls 4x800-meter relay Rock Bridge's Katie Bihr, Angela Bartels, Erin Graham, and Angie Stobie won in 10:43.02.
- First Collegiate Meet: March 29, 1997, Missouri Intercollegiate Meet with CMSU, Florissant Valley, Lindenwood, Lincoln (Mo.), Maryville, Missouri Valley, Park University, and Southwest Baptist as guests was Missouri's first outdoor home meet since 1981.
- First Scored Meet: April 12, 1997, inaugural Tom Botts Invitational
Women: Missouri 82, Minnesota 69, Kansas 39
Men: Kansas 74, Penn State 63½, Missouri 62½ dual scoring was used as well.
- Elevation: 714 feet (263m)
Most recently, though, was the 2013 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which played out in Walton Stadium from May 9-May 12. Arguably the nation's most competitive track & field conference championship, the SEC meet saw fall 11 facility records, four SEC records, and four of the top five marks in the world in the men's 200-meter dash (Isiah Young, Ole Miss), women's 200-meter dash (Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU), men's long jump (Damar Forbes, LSU), and decathlon (Maicel Uibo, Georgia).
100-meter Dash: Jeneba Tarmoh, Texas A&M, 11.19, 2010
200-meter Dash: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU, 22.35, 2013
400-meter Dash: Suziann Reid, Texas, 51.21, 1998
800-meter Run: Natoya Goule, LSU, 2:01.12, 2013
1500-meter Run: Kara Wheeler, Colorado, 4:12.15, 2000
5,000-meter Run: Lisa Koll, Iowa State, 15:22.42, 2010
10,000-meter Run: Lisa Koll, Iowa State, 33:51.74, 2010
100-meter Hurdles: Natasha Ruddock, Texas A&M, 12.89, 2010
400-meter Hurdles: Nickiesha Wilson, LSU, 55.20, 2007
3000-meter Steeplechase: Anna Willard, Michigan, 9:44.88, 2007
4x100-meter Relay: Texas, 43.64, 1998
4x400-meter Relay: Baylor, 3:29.11, 1998
4x800-meter Relay: Missouri, 8:53.61, 2006
High Jump: Miruna Mataoanu, Alabama, 1.90m (6-2 ¾), 2007
Pole Vault: Shade Weygandt, Texas Tech., 4.34m (14-2¾), 2010
Long Jump: Dalhia Ingram, Nebraska, 6.50m (21-4), 1998
Triple Jump: Ciarra Brewer, Florida, 13.85m (45-5¼), 2007
Shot Put: Tressa Thompson, Nebraska, 18.16m (59-7), 1998
Discus: Gia Lewis-Smallwood, Unattached, 57.94m (190-1), 2012
Hammer Throw: Brittany Riley, Southern Illinois, 72.33m (237-4), 2007
Javelin Throw: Amy Backel, Oklahoma, 55.60m (174-6), 2010
Heptathlon: Makeba Alcide, Arkansas, 5,960, 2013
Decathlon: Austra Skujyte, Nike, 8,358, 2005
100-meter Dash: Trindon Holliday, LSU, 10.07, w: -0.4, 2007
200-meter Dash: Isiah Young, Ole Miss, 20.20, 2013
400-meter Dash: Michael Blackman, Oklahoma, 44.69, 2000
800-meter Run: Andrew Ellerton, Michigan, 1:46.84, 2007
1500-meter Run: Jorge Torres, Colorado, 3:42.91, 2002
5000-meter Run: Dathan Ritzenhein, Colorado, 13:56.21, 2002
10,000-meter Run: John Kosgei, Oklahoma State, 29:24.21, 2010
110-meter Hurdles: Ronnie Ash, Oklahoma, 13.31, 2010
400-meter Hurdles: Bayano Kamani, Baylor, 49.47, 2000
3000-meter Steeplechase: Chuck Sloan, Oklahoma State, 8:32.59, 2000
4x100-meter Relay: LSU, 38.98, 2013
4x400-meter Relay: Baylor, 3:01.84, 1998
4x800-meter Relay: Northern Iowa, 7:31.59, 2006
High Jump: Donald Thomas, 2.30m (7-6½), 2007
Pole Vault: Andrew Irwin, Arkansas, 5.59m (18-4), 2013
Long Jump: Savante Stringfellow, Ole Miss, 8.03m (26-4), 1999
Triple Jump: Omar Craddock, Florida, 16.46m (54-0), 2013
Shot Put: Christian Cantwell, Missouri, 20.79m (68-2), 2002
Discus Throw: Leif Arrhenius, BYU, 63.12m (207-1), 2008
Hammer Throw: Chris Rohr, Missouri-UNA, 70.70m (231-11 1/2), 2010
Javelin Throw: Sam Humphreys, Texas A&M, 78.36m (257-1), 2013
Decathlon: Hans Uldal, Missouri, 8,018 points, 2005
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