Fourteen athletes and the women's team were recognized for their work in the classroom
53 returners and 17 freshmen were commended for their academic achievements
Peoples led the pair in seventh, followed by Rushin in eighth
The pair of juniors qualified for Wednesday evening's shot put finals
The pair will close their season in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday
Missouri Track & Field at 2014 NCAA Preliminary Round at the University of Arkansas
Missouri Track & Field at 2014 NCAA Preliminary Round hosted at the University of Arkansas
MIZZOU PERSONAL BESTS
Indoor Track & Field
Shot Put - 16.67m (54-8.25) | SEC Championships | 02/23/2013
Weight Thrown - 17.33m (56-10.25) | Cyclone Holiday Preview | 12/07/2012
Outdoor Track & Field
Shot Put - 16.52m (54-2.5) | Crimson Tide Invite | 04/06/2013
Discus - 49.32m (161-10) | Ole Miss Invite | 04/13/2013
Hammer - 50.48m (165-7) | Missouri Relays | 03/23/2013
- 2013 NCAA West Preliminary Round qualifier (shot put)
- 2012 NCAA Championships qualifier (shot put)
- 2013 Outdoor All-SEC (shot put)
- 2013 Indoor All-SEC (shot put)
- 2012 Academic All-Region
- 2011-12 Academic All-Big 12
Indoor Track - Jill's breakout season began just before Christmas break with the Cyclone Holiday Preview, where she took down her first PR with her 5th-place finish in the weight throw, marking in at 17.33m (56-10.25)...She also finished 3rd in the shot put, taking down her previous PR with a toss of 16.23m (53-3)...Went on to finish 2nd in the shot put and 3rd in the weight throw at the Missouri Invitational...Had a huge PR in the shot put at the SEC Championships, throwing 16.67m (54-8.25) to place 2nd and earn her first All-SEC honor
Outdoor Track - Took down PR's in all three of her events during the outdoor season, starting with the hammer throw at the Missouri Relays...She finished 5th in the event with a new top mark of 50.48m (165-7)...Also took down her discus PR at the Missouri Relays, throwing 48.64m (159-7) to place 2nd...Bested her outdoor best in the shot put at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, winning the event in 16.19m (53-1.5)...Took down another PR at the Crimson Tide Invitational, this time in the shot put with a toss of 16.52m (54-2.5) to take 2nd...Brought another 1st-place finish home at the Ole Miss Invite with her third and final PR of the year - discus (49.32m / 161-10)...Went on to place 6th in the shot put at the Drake Relays and win the discus at the Kip Janvrin Open before earning her second All-SEC finish of the year...She placed third in the shot put at the SEC Championship, tossing 16.28m (53-5)...She also placed 7th in the discus at the conference championship...Ended her season at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, placing 20th in the shot put
Indoor Track - Competed unattached at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge, where she placed second in the shot put with a throw of 14.86m (48-9) and sixth in the weight throw with a mark of 15.52m (50-11)
Outdoor Track - Finished her season with three new personal-record throws in the shot put, discus and hammer, and an NCAA Championships qualification in the shot put, finishing 22nd overall with a throw of 15.57m (51-1)...Earned her first PR of the season at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, where she threw 16.07m (52-8.75) to win the shot put competition...Next up was the Kip Janvrin Open, where she marked in at 48.26m (158-4) in the discus to claim fourth overall...Her final PR of the season came in the hammer competition at the Big 12 Championships, where she had a best mark of 49.89m (163-8)...She finished 12th in teh shot put competition at the NCAA Championships Preliminary Round with a throw of 15.94m (52-3.5) before going on to take 22nd at the National Championships
Indoor Track - Set personal-best marks in both the shot put and weight throw during the indoor season...Her personal-best in the shot put came at the Big 12 Championships, where she checked in at 15.20m (49-10.5) to place 10th overall...Her personal-best mark of 15.71m (51-6.5) in the weight throw was at the Missouri Invitational
Outdoor Track - Did not compete
Competed at Jackson HS for coach Steve Wachter...She helped her team to three Conference titles (2008-2010)...As an individual, Jill was a 17-time All-American for javelin, shot put, discus, and hammer...She broke two Jackson HS Records in the shot put (49-7) and discus (152-0)...She was the 2009 AAU Shot Put National Champion...Won the Great Southwest shot put (2009, 2010) and hammer (2009) competitions...At the 2009 Caribbean Scholastic Invitational she was the shot put and discus champion, and runner-up in the hammer...She was runner-up in the shot put at the 2009 Nike Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, and that same year took eighth in the shot put at the USA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships...She was discus champion and shot put runner-up at the Kansas Relays (2009, 2010)...She was a eight-time MSHSAA All-State athlete, placing fifth in the shot put and sixth in the discus in 2007, second (shot put) and third (discus) in 2008, was State Champion in shot put and discus in 2009, and earned another State title in the discus and was runner-up in the shot put in 2010
Parents are Richard and Debby, has two younger brothers and a sister, Rachael...Born July 18, 1991 in Cape Girardeau, MO...Dad, Richard, also threw in college at Southeast Missouri State...Both younger brothers are three sport athletes, and the older is going to JCCC (Johnson County Community College) for track and field...She was a three-time Academic All-Conference player in volleyball (2008-2010), and graduated seventh in her class...Honor Roll all four years of HS (2007-2010)...In her spare time, Jill enjoys writing songs...She is studying Biology and Religious Studies at Missouri
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