Jason Morris enters his first year on the Missouri Track & Field staff as a volunteer assistant coach. The Priory, Mo., native earned All-America honors in 2008 with the hammer throw.
Morris was a three-time NCAA Championship qualifier with the hammer. In 2008, Morris qualified and competed in the USATF Olympic Trials in the event. A seven-time All-Big 12 performer, Morris twice finished runner up in the league with the hammer.
Morris, also a 2006 USATF qualifier, marked a personal best with the hammer of 224-5 (68.41m) in placing third at the 99th Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Morris also competed in the discus and weight throw events as a Tiger.
Morris graduated from Mizzou with a bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management in 2008.
as of Thursday, December 11, 2008
- All-American (2008, hammer throw)
- 2008 USATF Olympic Trials qualifier
- Eight-time NCAA Regional qualifier
- Seven-time All-Big 12
- School Record Holder (Hammer Throw)
IN THE NEWS
Priory grad stays upbeat going into U.S. Olympic trials
By Graham Watson of St. Louis Post-Dispatch written 6/26/2008
Loud and proud
By Dave Matter of Columbia Daily Tribune written 3/29/2008
Hammering away By Ben Kleine of Columbia Missourian written 5/8/2007
Going the distance
By Joel Erickson of Columbia Daily Tribune written 3/29/2007
Outdoor: USATF Olympic Trials qualifier ... earned All-America honors after making third-straight appearance in the NCAA Championships with the hammer, after fifth-place showing at the Mideast Regional for an automatic bid ... made fourth-straight regional appearance in both the discus and hammer events ... took runner-up honors at the Big 12 meet with the hammer and sixth with the discus, scoring in both events for the first time at a conference meet ... reset his own school record with a 224-5 (68.41m) toss at the Drake Relays in placing third ... also took third at the Kansas Relays ... winner of the Missouri Relays and Tom Botts Invitational hammer throw events ... placed second in the Jefferson Cup with the hammer ... took top honors with the discus at the Arkansas Twilight ... season's best with the discus was a 173-10 (53.00m) effort at the Tom Botts meet. Indoor: Earned his third-straight scoring position in the Big 12 Indoor Championships with the weight, placing fifth with a mark of 62-2¼ (18.96m) ... had first 20-meter plus mark and personal best at the Sykes-Sabock Cup at Penn State, going 66-7¾ (20.32m) in helping the Tigers to a team title ... winner of the Nebraska Wesleyan weight throw.
Outdoor: Regional qualifier for the third-consecutive year with both the hammer and discus ... finished sixth in the regional and went on to finish 16th at the NCAA Championships with the hammer ... earned season's best with the hammer in winning Missouri Relays with 214-6 (65.39m) toss ... winner of the Tom Botts hammer throw ... season's best in the discus came from a sixth-place finish at the Kansas Relays (171-4, 52.23m). Indoor: Earned All-Big 12 honors for second-straight year with the weight, placing sixth with throw of 63-1½ (19.24m) ... threw for season's best with the weight at the Cyclone National Qualifier, marking 63-11½ (19.49m) ... second with the weight at the Big 12-Mountain West Challenge in Lincoln.
Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA and USATF Outdoor Championships with the hammer throw, becoming a top-10 collegiate hammer thrower in only his sophomore year ... improved personal best by 22 feet in first meet, throwing 207-6 (63.26m) at the Arizona State Invitational ... initially broke Russ Bell's school record in the event at the Missouri Relays with 213-11 (65.21m) mark ... improved own school record by five feet with a 218-11 (66.73m) toss in finishing second in a rainy Drake Relays ... finished second at the Big 12 Championships (213-8) ... placed second in the Mideast Regional (209-6) ... in nine of 10 meets marked above 203-11 ... winner of the Penn State Open, Tom Botts Invite, and Missouri Relays with hammer ... also threw discus, marking a new personal best of 175-8 (53.55m) at the UCLA Invite. Indoor: Earned first career score at the Big 12 Indoor championships with seventh-place finish in the weight throw, marking a two-foot personal best with a 64-2¼ (19.56m) toss ... improved by a centimeter at Cyclone Qualifier the next week to 64-2½ (19.57m).
Outdoor: Qualified for NCAA Regionals in both the discus and hammer throw events ... threw for personal best with the disc at the Big 12 Championships with 166-8 toss, earning 11th place ... threw for 185-8 with the hammer and a new career high at the Tom Botts Invite ... placed second at the Missouri Invitational, third at the Pepsi Team Invitational with the hammer... 16th at Drake Relays with hammer. Indoor: Redshirt season.
Outdoor: Redshirt season. Indoor: Season's best weight throw performance was at the Big 12 Indoor, throwing 54-4 (16.60m), placing 13th ... also had top five finishes at the Missouri Invite and Missouri All-Comers meet ... also long jumped at the MU-KU-KSU Triangular (5.91m, 19-4¾).
Missouri Class 3 discus champion of 2003 ... finished runner-up in the state's shot put championship ... was also an accomplished long jumper, finished 10th at the state championships in 2003 and has a personal best of 21 feet, 8½ inches.
Son of John & Elieen Morris ... majoring in hotel & restaurant management ... born February 10, 1984 in St. Louis, Mo.
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