Six new top 20 NCAA rankings highlight weekend in Alabama
Four Tigers enter the weekend ranked in the top 20 for their respective events
The meet will boast performances from both the collegiate and high school levels
Four athletes will sport the black and gold in Fayetteville, AR, this weekend
The freshman continued his stellar season as the Tigers' first SEC Champion for Track & Field
2013 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships
2013 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships
|800m||2:10.18||Tom Botts Invitational||04/2011|
|1000m||2:46.56||Big 12 Championships||02/2011|
|1500m||4:16.71||Big 12 Championships||05/2012|
|Mile||4:39.91||Alex Wilson Invitational||03/2012|
- Missouri School Record Holder in the mile (4:39.91)
- Missouri School Record Holder in the 1500m (4:16.71)
- NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier in the 1500m (2012)
- Outdoor Big 12 Champion in the 1500m (2012)
- Indoor Big 12 Champion in the mile (2012)
- Indoor All-Big 12 in the 1000m (2010-2012)
- NCAA Preliminary Round qualifier in the 1500m (2011)
- Outdoor All-Big 12 in the 1500m (2011)
- Indoor All-Big 12 in the 4x400m (2011)
- Indoor All-Big 12 in the DMR (2011)
- Academic All-Big 12 First Team (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012)
Indoor Track- Laura finished the indoor season with two more All-Big 12 honors, including a Big 12 title in the mile, a new personal record, and a Missouri School Record in the mile...She garnered some wins early in the season as a member of the first-place DMR team at the MU KU Dual Meet, where she also won the 1000m in 2:48.32, and then took a win at the Texas A&M Invitational, finishing the mile in 4:41.24...Her final win came at the Big 12 Championships, where she claimed the mile title in 4:43.31...She went on to win another All-Big 12 honor in the 1000m, crossing the line in 2:50.87...In her final meet of the season, the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational, Laura took home a fifth-place finish in the mile with a new Missouri School Record time of 4:39.91.
Outdoor Track- Laura continued her outstanding year into the outdoor season, where she claimed another Missouri School Record, Big 12 Championship title, and a 20th-place finish at the NCAA Championships...She started the season with a 4:23.91 1500m finish to win the event at the Tom Botts Invitational...She was runner-up in the event at the Drake Relays, crossing the line in 4:18.85, and was also a member of the fifth-place DMR team...At the Big 12 Championships, she took her second Conference title in the 1500m, finishing with a new Missouri School Record of 4:16.71...She qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round where she finished sixth in 4:18.81, then ended the season with a 20th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, crossing the line in 4:23.14.
Indoor- Earned second place overall in the 1,000m run at the Big 12 Championships with a time of 2:46.56, a personal-best, earning All-Big 12 honors ... Also earned All-Big 12 honors as a member of the Tigers' distance medley relay team that took seventh overall at the Big 12 Championships with a time of 11:36.81 ... Set a season-best mark in the mile of 4:48.70 at the Bill Bergan Invitational, winning the event title.
Outdoor- NCAA Championship Preliminary Round qualifier in the 1,500m run with a season-best time of 4:25.41, which was run at the Big 12 Championships, earning her seventh place overall and All-Big 12 honors ... Also posted a personal-best time of 2:10.18 in the 800m run at the Tom Botts Invitational, placing third overall.
Indoor- Earned All-Big 12 honors in the 1,000m run after clocking in at 2:51.78, placing fifth overall ... Ran a personal-best time of 2:48.81 in the preliminary heat of that race ... Posted times of 2:52.76 in the 1,000m run at the MU-KU Border Dual and 2:52.49 at the Meyo Invitational ... Was an 800m run standout for the Tigers as well, posting a season-best clocking of 2:10.47 in the event ... Also posted a season-best time of 4:57.07 in the mile run at the Bill Bergan Invitational ... She ranked third on the team at 800m behind Shannon Leinert and Layne Moore and was second on the team at 1,000m behind only Moore.
Outdoor- Ran in the 800m run at the Big 12 Championships and placed 17th in the preliminary heat with a time of 2:12.53 ... Clocked a season-best time of 2:11.87 in the 800m run at the Arkansas Twilight where she placed seventh overall ... Also ran on the 4x400m relay team at that meet and helped the foursome clock in at 4:01.72 ... Ran as a member of the 4x800m relay team at the Drake Relays and clocked a time of 8:56.28 ... Also ran on the 4x880-yard relay team at the Kansas Relays that clocked in at 9:09.73 and the sprint medley team that was paced at 4:01.85, helping Mizzou claim the overall team title at the meet ... Ran in the 1,500m run as the Missouri Relays and clocked a season-best time of 4:34.48 ... Earned a spot on the Academic All-Big 12 second team as well.
Cross Country- Was squad's fifth scorer at the NCAA Midwest Regional, running PR 22:45.4 for 6k ... was squad's sixth at the Big 12 meet ... finished second overall and second on the team at the SIU Early Bird.
Competed at Blue Valley Northwest HS for coach Harlan Locke...Helped her team to the 2008 State Cross Country title...As an individual, Laura was an 11-time Kansas 6A Champion, winning all four cross country titles in high school career and by 20 seconds her senior season in 2007 ... four-time 1600-meter state champion and three-time 800-meter state champ, also taking runner-up honors at 800 and 3200 meters in 2008 ... four-time Kansas City Star cross country runner of the year and KC Star All-Metro on the track ... WDAF-TV, Fox 4's Kansas City Athlete of the Year in 2007 ... at age 14, ran personal best 2:11.34 at 800 meters at the AAU Junior Olympic National Championships in the intermediate division, running second to only LSU's Latavia Thomas who broke a national record in the race and was the 2008 NCAA Indoor Champion...High School bests are 58.22 (400m), 2:11.34 (800m), 4:54.93 (1600m), 11:14 (3200m), and 18:28 (5k XC).
Parents are Steven and Linda, sisters Emily and Anna...Born November 20, 1989...Five-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (2008-2012)...Four-time Academic All-Big 12 (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012)...Is studying Secondary Mathematics Education.
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