Audrey J. Walton Track/Soccer Field/Stadium - Track & Field
Considered one of the finest track and soccer facilities in the Midwest, the Audrey J. Walton Track-Soccer Stadium earned the reputation before the building completion in the summer of 1996.
Made possible by Walton's one-million dollar donation in 1996 and dedicated at the Big 12 Conference Track and Field Championships in May of 1998, Walton Stadium is one of the most innovative complexes in the nation, spurring builders of future track complexes to take note.
With an additional gift by Mrs. Walton in 2006, resurfacing of the existing track and the addition of a state-of-the-art throws field on the north-side of the facility makes Walton Stadium one of the best in the country.
Walton Stadium possesses all the amenities that comprise today's top dual-sports facilities in the nation. Sitting on the west side of the track, the stadium serves the track and soccer teams on one side and softball on the other. The softball field was turned to place home plate in the northwest corner, backing it up to the track/soccer venue. This allows all service facilities to play double duty. For example, the entry plaza services both facilities meaning the restrooms, concession stands and ticket booths were not duplicated. There is also a full-size press box to accommodate the media for track, soccer and softball.
In 2005 for the second-annual Audrey Walton Combined Events, Missouri hosted in Walton Stadium the first women's decathlon held in North America. Former K-State heptathlete Austra Skujyte broke the IAAF's newly-ratified World record in the event, scoring 8,358 points.
As the University of Missouri continues to expand its efforts to accommodate its roughly 450 student-athletes, the track and field and soccer teams are both recent beneficiaries. Long awaited by Missouri coaches, athletes and fans, the track complex opened in 1997 and was host of the 1998, 2000, and 2002 Big 12 Track and Field Outdoor Championships. Most recently, the track facility was host to the 2007 NCAA Mideast Regional with 90 teams descending on Columbia and the 2010 Big 12 Outdoor 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.
100-meter dash: Jeneba Tarmoh, Texas A&M, 11.19, 2010
200-meter dash: Kerron Stewart, Auburn, 22.41, w: 1.3, 2007
400-meter dash: Suziann Reid, Texas, 51.21, 1998
800-meter run: Sara Stokes, Kansas State, 2:07.16, 2010
1500-meter run: Kara Wheeler, Colorado, 4:12.15, 2000
3000-meter run: Korene Hinds, Kansas State, 9:17.68, 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 3/4), 2007
Pole vault: Shade Weygandt, Texas Tech., 4.34m (14-2 3/4), 2010
Long jump: Dalhia Ingram, Nebraska, 6.50m (21-4), 1998
Triple jump: Michelle Vaughn, Auburn, 13.54m (44-5 1/4), 2007
Shot put: Tressa Thompson, Nebraska, 18.16m (59-7), 1998
Discus: Gia Lewis-Smallwood, Unattached, 57.94m (190-01), 2012
Hammer throw: Brittany Riley, Southern Illinois, 72.33m (237-4), 2007
Javelin throw: Amy Backel, Oklahoma, 55.60m (174-6), 2010
Heptathlon: Fiona Asigbee, Missouri-UNA, 5,773, 2005
Decathlon: Austra Skujyte, Nike, 8,358, 2005
100-meter dash: Trindon Holliday, LSU, 10.07, w: -0.4, 2007
200-meter dash: Curtis Mitchell, Texas A&M, 20.46, 2010
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: Baylor, 39.36, 2010
4x400-meter relay: Baylor, 3:01.84, 1998
4x800-meter relay: Northern Iowa, 7:31.59, 2006
High jump: Donald Thomas, 2.30m (7-6), 2007
Pole vault: Eric Eshbach, Nebraska, 5.55m (18-2), 2000
Long jump: Savante Stringfellow, Mississippi, 8.03m (26-4), 1999
Triple jump: Andrew Black, Louisville, 16.25m (53-3 3/4), 2007
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: Scott Russell, Kansas, 75.98m (249-3), 2002
Decathlon: Hans Uldal, Missouri, 8,018 points, 2005