Two freshmen earned podium finishes this weekend in Eugene
The pair concluded their Tiger careers with All-American honors last week
The freshman made his national championship debut on Friday
The seniors both finished in the top eight of their fields on Thursday
Garton led the trio of men, placing 11th in the javelin competition
Hosted by Mississippi State @ Starkville, Miss., May 14-16, 2015 (photos by Jeff Curry)
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 - 16.90m (55-5.50) | Collegiate Challenge | 02/21/2014
Weight Thrown - 17.33m (56-10.25) | Cyclone Holiday Preview | 12/07/2012
Outdoor Track & Field
Shot Put - 17.62m (57-9.75) | Tom Botts Invitational | 05/03/2014
Discus - 53.39m (175-2) | ESU Mid-Week Open | 04/23/2014
Hammer - 50.48m (165-7) | Missouri Relays | 03/23/2013
- Second in the Mizzou All-Time Top Ten for the indoor/outdoor shot put, and discus
- 2014 NCAA Outdoor All-American in the shot put
- 2014 NCAA Indoor All-American in the shot put
- 2012 NCAA Championships qualifier in the shot put
- 2014 NCAA West Preliminary Round qualifier in the shot put and discus
- 2013 NCAA West Preliminary Round qualifier in the shot put
- 2014 SEC Outdoor Champion in the shot put
- 2014 Outdoor All-SEC in the discus
- 2014 Indoor All-SEC in the shot put
- 2013 Outdoor All-SEC in the shot put
- 2013 Indoor All-SEC in the shot put
- 2014 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
- 2012 Academic All-Region
- 2011-12 Academic All-Big 12
2013 - 2014
Shot Put (Ind.) - 16.90m (55-5.50) | Collegiate Challenge (Columbia, Mo.) | 02/21
Shot Put (Out.) - 17.62m (57-9.75) | Tom Botts Invitational (Columbia, Mo.) | 05/03
Discus (Out.) - 53.39m (175-2) | ESU Mid-Week Open (Emporia, Kan.) | 04/23
Indoor Track - Jill kicked off her junior year with a new PR in the shot put, marking in at 16.72m (54-10.25) to place second at the ISU Holiday Preview...She went on to defend her home ring at the Missouri Opener, earning her first of two wins during the indoor season...She had a trio of second-place finishes at the Badger Indoor Open and the following day's Wisconsin v. Missouri Dual, before placing third in the prestigious field at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in the shot put...She topped her season's best at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City, placing second in the elite shot put field with a toss of 16.80m (55-1.50)...She bested this one more time, earning a new PR at the Collegiate Challenge with a winning toss of 16.90m (55-5.50)...Jill earned her third All-SEC honor at the Championships in the shot put, placing third with a mark of 16.66m (54-8)...She went on to make her first NCAA Championships podium, placing sixth in the shot put with a mark of 16.83m (55-2.75).
Outdoor Track - Jill's exciting year continued into the outdoor season, which ended with her owning the second-furthest mark in the NCAA, just behind teammate Kearsten Peoples...The season started with a pair of big-time wins at the prestigious Texas Relays, where she bested the shot put and discus fields with marks of 16.59m (54-5.25) and 51.52m (169-0)...Both marks were good for new PR's...She threw another PR in the shot put at the Missouri Relays, winning the event, and leading the NCAA for a few weeks, with a mark of 17.45m (57-3)...She threw another PR, and the No. 2 All-Time mark in school history, in the discus at the ESU Mid-Week Open, finishing as runner-up (53.39m / 175-2)...Jill returned home to hit her final PR of the season in the shot put, marking in at 17.62m (57-9.75) to claim the No. 2 spot in the NCAA...She earned her first SEC title during the outdoor championships, winning the shot put competition before going on to place third in the discus...She qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in both the shot put and discus, moving on to the NCAA Finals in the shot put where she placed 12th overall.
2012 - 2013
Shot Put (Ind.) - 16.67m (54-8.25) | SEC Indoor Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.) | 02/22
Weight Throw (Ind.) - 17.33m (56-10.25) | Cyclone Holiday Preview (Ames, Ia.) | 12/07/2012
Shot Put (Out.) - 16.52m (54-2.50) | Crimson Tide Invitational (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) | 04/06
Discus (Out.) - 49.32m (161-10) | Ole Miss Invite (Oxford, Miss.) | 04/13
Hammer (Out.) - 50.48m (165-7) | Missouri Relays (Columbia, Mo.) | 03/22
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 fifth-place finish in the weight throw, marking in at 17.33m (56-10.25)...She also finished third in the shot put, taking down her previous PR with a toss of 16.23m (53-3)...Went on to finish second in the shot put and third 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 second 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 fifth 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 second...Bested her outdoor best in the shot put at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, winning the event in 16.19m (53-1.50)...Took down another PR at the Crimson Tide Invitational, this time in the shot put with a toss of 16.52m (54-2.50) to take second...Brought another first-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 sixth 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 Championships, tossing 16.28m (53-5)...She also placed seventh in the discus at the conference championship...Ended her season at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, placing 20th in the shot put.
Shot Put (Out.) - 16.07m (52-8.75) | Arkansas Spring Invitational (Fayetteville, Ark.) | 03/30
Discus (Out.) - 48.26m (158-4) | Kip Janvrin Open (Grinnell, Ia.) | 04/26
Hammer (Out.) - 49.89m (163-8) | Big 12 Championships (Manhattan, Kan.) | 05/11
Outdoor Track - Finished her season with three new PR marks in the shot put, discus, and hammer; and, an NCAA Championship 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 the shot put competition at the NCAA Championships West Preliminary with a throw of 15.94m (52-3.50) before going on to take 22nd at the NCAA Finals.
Shot Put (Ind.) - 15.20m (49-10.50) | Big 12 Championships (Lincoln, Neb.) | 02/25
Weight Throw (Ind.) - 15.71m (51-6.50) | Missouri Invitational (Columbia, Mo.) | 01/07
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 a discus champion and shot put runner-up at the Kansas Relays (2009, 2010)...She was an eight-time MSHSAA All-State finisher, 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 oldest is going to JCCC (Johnson County Community College) for track and field...Jill was a three-time Academic All-Conference player in volleyball (2008-2010), and graduated seventh in her class...Honor Roll all four years of high school (2007-2010)...In her spare time, Jill enjoys writing songs...She is studying Biology and Religious Studies at Missouri.
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