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Tigers Sweep Kansas in Border Dual

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Lana Mims scored 18 points on the day for the Tigers.</i>
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Lana Mims scored 18 points on the day for the Tigers.
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Jan. 15, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- In what is as unique as any track & field meet in the country, the Mizzou track & field program claimed a sweep of Kansas at the MU-KU Border Dual on Friday (Jan. 15) inside the Hearnes Center Field House. The Tiger women - highlighted by a variety of great performances - topped Kansas, 96-85, while the men earned a 95-86 win, sparked by a great performance in the weight throw from senior Andy Oaker (Steelville, Mo.). Oaker turned in a first-place weight throw 18.41m (60-5) to jump start the Tigers' day. Overall, the Tigers topped KU by a combined score of 191-171. The men now lead the all-time series with KU 36-17 while the women own a 2-0 lead over the rivals to the West.

Although Oaker got things started for the Tigers, the highlight of the day came in the final two races of the dual as the Tigers and Jayhawks combined for an exciting series of 4x400m relays. The Tiger women rallied in the final leg of the 4x400m relay as captain Lana Mims (Tulsa, Okla.) ran a spirited anchor leg to give the Tigers a winning time of 3:47.91. Mims made up more than a second in the final lap as she helped the Mizzou women clinch the overall victory. The men's relay was equally as exciting as All-American Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.) and All-Big 12 honoree Chris Davis (Riverdale, Ga.) led a late charge that earned the men a win with a time of 3:17.39, just five seconds shy of an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

Although Mizzou saw plenty of success in the relay events at the end of the meet, the Tiger women also shined in the sprint events at the beginning of the meet. Mims ran an impressive 7.72 in the 60m dash to claim the event title and came back with a time of 25.09 in the 200m dash to claim that event title as well. Combined with her second-place finish in the long jump and her 4x400m relay team title, Mims scored 18 points on the day for Mizzou. Sophomore Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.) rounded out an impressive day for the Tiger sprinters and she claimed event titles in the 60m hurdles and 400m dash. Her time of 9.09 in the hurdles was a personal-best as was her 56.84 in the 400m dash.

The women continued to see success in the middle-distance events as Shannon Leinert (Eureka, Mo.), Esther Vermue (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, Kan.) all claimed event titles in the middle distance events. Roxberg built upon last week's strong performance and claimed the 1,000m run title with a personal-best time of 2:52.76, nearly three seconds better than her time last week. Leinert also turned in a strong performance in the 600-yard run, claiming her second-straight title in the event with a time of 1:22.24. Vermue won the 800m run with a time of 2:15.05. Senior captain Angela Potrykus (Evergreen, Colo.) rounded out another strong day for the Tiger mid-distance runners as she finished second overall in the mile with a time of 4:57.73, a new personal-best in the event.

The Tiger women also dominated the throws events, sweeping the top six spots in the women's weight throw and three of the top four in the shot put. For the second-straight week, Katie Evans (Powersville, Mo.) won the shot put with a throw of 14.55m (47-9). Teammate Katie Vanarsdall (Buckner, Mo.) was second in the event with a throw of 13.47m (45-1) while Laura Greenfield (Liberty, Mo.) finished fourth in the event. Melissa Coil (Clark, Mo.) finished atop the weight throw for the second-straight week as well, turning in a toss of 16.75m (54-11 ½). Greenfield finished second overall with a toss of 15.91m (52-2 ½) while Cortni Ervin (Marshall, Mo.), Vanarsdall, Megan Collins (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and Evans rounded out the top six spots, respectively.

Stacy Swineburg (Camdenton, Mo.) and Meaghan Brougher (Dallas, Texas) finished second and third, respectively, in the women's high jump, rounding out the top women's finishers on the day.

Davis turned in one of the top performances for the day on the men's side, highlighting another strong performance from the men's middle distance and distance runners. An All-Big 12 performer in the event, Davis ran a time of 1:11.62 in the 600-yard run, earning him top honors. Teammate Tyrell Everett (Wichita, Kan.) finished just behind him in second with a time of 1:12.99. Just as the men did last week, they also dominated the 800m run, highlighted by a first-place time of 1:53.75 from Rick Scheff (Atlanta, Ga.). Ricky West (Scarborough, Ontario) finished in second as well, turning in a time of 1:54.29. Blake Irwin (Bettenfdorf, Iowa), Michael Barrows (Flint, Mich.) and Phillip King (Columbia, Mo.) all earned event titles on the day as well, doing so in the 1,00m run, the mile run and the 3,000m run, respectively.

As mentioned earlier, Oaker claimed the weight throw title with a toss of 18.41m (60-5) to highlight a great day for the men's throwers. Junior Chris Holly (Topeka, Kan.) finished second in the event with a throw of 17.44m (57-2 ¾) while Tim Opfer (Higginsville, Mo.) placed third overall at 17.17m (56-4). Freshman Corey Jones (Booneville, Mo.) was the Tigers' top performer in the men's weight throw, tossing 17.59m (57-8 ½), placing second in the event. Oaker placed third at 17.22m (56-6) while Rise placed fourth at 16.02m (52-6 ¾).

Lars Rise (Trondheim, Norway) was the Tigers' top horizontal jumper on the day, winning the long jump with a team season-best of 7.02m (23-0 ½). Adcock placed just behind him in second with a leap of 7.01m (23-0). Mitch Willman (Greenville, Ill.) highlighted the men's high jumpers, claiming second place in the high jump with a season-best tally of 1.95m (6-4 ¾). Craig Arnzen (Scott City, Mo.) finished third in the event while Adcock took fourth.

Adcock highlighted the day on the short track for the men, claiming the 60m hurdles title with a time of 8.10, just shy of his personal-best and school-record time of 8.09. Ryan Blackwell (Fenton, Mo.) also turned in a nice performance in the 400m dash, taking second overall with a time of 49.54.

Mizzou will hit the road for the first time during the indoor season as it travels to Lincoln, Neb., for the Adidas Classic on Saturday (Jan. 23). That meet is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start. For all the latest on Mizzou track & field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.