Track and Field Shines at Missouri Invite

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Chris Davis turned in a great performance at 800m.</i>
Chris Davis turned in a great performance at 800m.

Jan. 8, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Mizzou track and field program opened its 2010 indoor season by hosting the 24th annual Missouri Invitational inside the Hearnes Center Field House on Friday (Jan. 8). The Tiger middle distance runners shined at the event and posted several notable performances, highlighted by two-time Big 12 Champion Shannon Leinert (Eureka, Mo.) who placed first overall in the 600-yard run with a time of 1:21.90 in what is an off-event for the 800m standout. Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.) also finished in the top three for Mizzou in the event, turning in a time of 1:24.02, earning third place. In all, Mizzou claimed 11 event titles at the meet, which was not team scored.

"What we want from our team this week is for our stars to come out and be stars and for newcomers to come out and say, `look at me, I can compete too,' and I thought we did that today," head coach Dr. Rick McGuire said. "Also, you never want people to have wake-up calls, but if someone needs one, this is the week to have it happen. I thought we had a lot of great performances, but Shannon's was the highest-level performance at the meet today. She did a great job today and had a great race."

The Tiger men followed the women's lead and also had a dominating performance in the 600-yard run as they took the top four spots, led by NCAA Regional qualifier Rick Scheff (Atlanta, Ga.) who won the event with a time of 1:13.42, just edging newcomer Ricky West (Scarborough, Ontario), who finished second in the event with a time of 1:13.94. Two other Tiger runners turned in times better than 1:15.00 as Kellyn Fogarty (Marshalltown, Iowa) placed third with a 1:14.76 clocking while Clifton Leake (Dallas, Texas) finished in 1:14.83 during the second heat. The two finished third and fourth, respectively.

Both the Tiger men and women turned in great performances in the 800m run as well, continuing the success in the middle distance events. The Tiger women swept the top three spots in the event as Layne Moore (Emporia, Kan.), Chelsea Chrisman (Eureka, Mo.) and Katie Nelson (2:23.78) finished 1-2-3 in the event, respectively. Moore ran a time of 2:18.90 while Chrisman and Nelson turned in times of 2:19.92 and 2:23.78, respectively. The men's 800m run was won by All-Big 12 honoree and 600-yard standout Chris Davis (Riverdale, Ga.) who clocked in at 1:55.11 in what was another highlight performance for the Tigers. Tyrell Everett (Wichita, Kan.) finished second in the event with a time of 1:55.65. In the mile, Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa) and Angela Potrykus (Evergreen, Colo.) were the Tigers' top finishers for the men and women, respectively. Irwin ran 4:16.60 while Potrykus was clocked at 5:05.83. Both finished in second place behind only former Mizzou athletes that were competing unattached. In all, Mizzou swept all three of the mid-distance events on both the men's and women's side. Michael Barrows (Flint, Mich.) rounded out a fine day for the men's distance runners as he clocked in at 8:34.48 in the 3,000m run, finishing second behind only Tim Cornell, who was competing unattached.

On the short track, the highlight of the meet for Mizzou was senior captain Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.) as he claimed the 60m hurdle title with a time of 8.10, finishing just ahead of Edward Stuart who was competing unattached. Adcock, a combined event athlete, also finished third in the high jump with a leap of 1.96m (6-5). Senior Lana Mims (Tulsa, Okla.) was the women's top performer on the short track as she claimed the 200m dash title for the women with a time of 25.22. Mims showed her versatility by finishing second overall in the women's long jump as well after leaping 5.69m (18-8). Farmer - a 400m hurdles standout - also turned in a fine performance in the 60m hurdles for the Tiger women, placing fifth overall in what is an off-event for the Tiger sophomore.

Missouri's women swept the relay events after taking the distance medley relay title with a time of 12:12.78, which was more than two minutes better than the next closest team. Missouri's 4x400m `A' team won the event with a time of 3:50.97 while the `B' team took second with a time of 4:06.82. The `A' team consisted of Farmer, Moore, Leinert and Mims while the `B' team was comprised of Allyson Brown (Cordova, Texas), Sierra Gant (Wichita, Kan.), Laura Brown (Ozark, Mo.) and Nelson.

The men's relay teams also completed a sweep in the 4x400m relay as the `A' team, comprised of Jerron Forte (Kansas City, Mo.), Ryan Blackwell (Fenton, Mo.), Adcock and Davis, clocked in at 3:18.75. The `B' team of Everett, Irwin, West and Scheff took second after clocking in at 3:20.80.

Mizzou also excelled in the throws events at the meet as Andy Oaker (Steelville, Mo.) won the shot put, just missing an NCAA Provisional mark at 17.61m (57-9 ½). Freshman Corey Jones (Boonville, Mo.) finished third in the event as well, measuring in at 16.39m (53-9 ¼). Patrick Fitzgerald (Eagleville, Mo.) and Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, Mo.) gave Mizzou four finishers in the top 10 as they placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

Junior Chris Holly (Topeka, Kan.) highlighted a fine performance from the Tiger men in the weight throw as he placed fourth overall (behind two former Tiger All-Americans) with a throw of 17.15m (56-3 ¼). He finished second among athletes not competing unattached. Holly was the 2009 Junior College National Hammer Throw Champion last season. Oaker also had a fine showing in the weight throw as he placed sixth overall in the event with a toss of 16.42m (53-10 ½) in his final attempt while Jones placed ninth to round out his first competition as a Tiger.

Sophomore Melissa Coil (Clark, Mo.) was undoubtedly the highlight of the women's hammer throw as she turned in a third-place finish, placing behind only former Tigers Kirshna Lee and Elisha Hunt, both of whom rank in the Tigers' all-time top three in the event. Coil tossed 16.68m (54-8 ¾) in her final attempt. Megan Collins (Lee's Summit, Mo.), Katie Vanarsdall (Buckner, Mo.) and Cortni Ervin (Marshall, Mo.) all finished in the event's top 10 as well, highlighted by Collins who finished sixth.

Freshman Katie Evans (Powersville, Mo.) was the top collegiate finisher in the women's shot put, showing promise for the Missouri Class 2A state record holder. Evans tossed 14.60m (47-11) in the event to edge Jelani Kelly of Missouri State. Vanarsdall finished fourth with a toss of 13.69m (41-11) while Ervin placed sixth at 12.44m (40-9 ¾).

The women continued to see success in the field events throughout the meet, most notably in the pole vault as the five Tigers placed in the event's top six. Sophomore Hannah Cooper (Excelsior Springs, Mo.) and freshman Heather Green (Jefferson City, Mo.) tied for second in the event after clearing 3.40m (11-1 ¾) in each of their first attempts. Holly Stewart (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and Abbie Garlich (Greenwood, Mo.) also finished the event with a mark of 3.40m (11-1 ¾), but they did so on their second attempt, earning fourth and fifth respectively. Kacie Gelvin (Lee's Summit, Mo.) earned sixth after clearing 3.25m (10-8). Three-time All-American Brian Hancock (Monroe City, Mo.) placed third in the men's pole vault after clearing 4.75m (15-7). Sophomore Stacy Swineburg (Camdenton, Mo.) also turned in a second-place nod in the women's high jump after clearing 1.64m (5-4 ½) to round out the top performances on the day.

Mizzou will return to action next Friday as they play host to the rival Jayhawks of Kansas in the annual MU-KU Dual Meet inside the Hearnes Center Field House. Field events will begin at 1:30 p.m. while the track events will start at 3 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou track and field, stay tuned to



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