Sophomore Kyle Smith
Jan. 25, 2014
Lexington, Ky. - The Tigers concluded the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet weekend in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday, returning home with 11 personal record (PR) performances and three All-Time Top Ten performances. These marks added to the five PR’s and two new All-Time Top Ten performances earned by the squad during Friday’s events.
Sprints & Hurdles
Sophomore Kyle Smith began the day for the Tigers as he continued closing in on the Missouri School Record in the 60-meter hurdles with his 8.06 preliminary round mark. He went on to place eighth in the final in 8.30. Smith earned the No. 2 spot on the list last year after timing in at 8.13 at the SEC Championships. He is now 0.14 away from the current record of 7.92, earned by Nick Adcock in 2010.
Next up were the pair of Missouri School Record holders in the 60-meter dash, sophomores Markesh Woodson and Chelsie Stevens. Stevens finished 13th in the preliminary round of the White Division, while Woodson went on to place second in the Blue Division final with a time of 6.65. Senior Tre Chambers, who holds the No. 3 spot on the All-Time Top Ten list for the event, finished 10th in the preliminary round of the White Division.
Mid-Distance & Distance
In the distance events, the men’s and women’s mile saw big performances across the board as four of the five women and three of the five men walked away from the competition with new PR’s. In the women’s race, senior Ali Ross and freshman Kayla Wolf led the way for the Tigers, battling with the leaders in their heat to cross in 4:55.60 and 4:56.55, respectively. Ross placed 13th overall in the field while Wolf placed 15th overall in her first indoor mile as a Tiger. Freshmen Libby Luciani, Teylar Adelsberger, and Bailey Hession also stuck in with the leaders, placing second, third, and fourth in their heat, respectively.
In the men’s race, freshman T.J. Carey got his first taste of the indoor mile, placing fourth overall in 4:09.28. Just behind him in the first heat was junior Kenny Cushing in 4:09.56 and sophomore Will Crocker in 4:15.74. In the second heat, sophomore Sam Dickerson stuck in the back of the front pack before gapping the field in the final 400-meters. He won the heat, and placed seventh overall, with a PR of 4:10.06. Not too far behind him was freshman Chandler Dye in 4:14.13.
The men’s and women’s 3k run finished out the weekend’s individual events and saw the return of SEC Freshman of the Year Kaitlyn Fischer in the first heat for the women. Fischer ran 9:48.45 to place eighth overall. A pair of freshmen led the Tigers in the second heat, as Brooke Wolfe finished for 15th overall in 10:03.09 and Nicole Mello finished 18th overall with a PR of 10:04.85. Junior Courtney Brown and freshman Kaelyn Balch rounded out the women’s field for the Tigers, placing 22nd and 25th, respectively.
In the men’s race, freshman Tyler Schneider took the lead for the Tigers, as he came through in 8:13.73 for eighth overall and a spot on the All-Time Top Ten list for the Tigers. Joining him on the list is fellow-freshman Dan Roe, who finished 11th overall in 8:15.14. Rounding out the performers for the black and gold were freshmen Evan Chiplock and Drew White, and senior Hayden Legg, in 20th, 29th, and 30th, respectively.
Sophomore Parker Brush had a break-out day in the pole vault, as he bested his previous PR of 4.55m (14-11) from the Wisconsin vs. Missouri Dual with his 17th-place performance of 4.77m (15-7.75). Joining him in the field event competitions were juniors Kearsten Peoples and Jill Rushin, and senior Katie Evans who placed first, third, and sixth in the shot put, respectively.
Sophomores Jonathan Ilori and Tony Carodine hit the triple jump runway for the second time this season, both besting their previous marks from the Wisconsin vs. Missouri dual for third and fourth place, respectively.
The team will have a weekend off before they split forces in early February as one group travels to New York for the New Balance InvitationL (Feb. 7-8) and the rest of the team competes at home for the Missouri Invitational (Feb. 7). For the latest on your Tigers stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.
Mizzou Results - Day Two (PR's are indicated in bold, All-Time Top marks are underlined)
Shot Put, Women - 1. Kearsten Peoples, 16.41m (53-10.25) | 3. Jill Rushin, 16.12m (52-10.75) | 6. Katie Evans, 15.16m (49-9)
Pole Vault, Men - 17. Parker Brush, 4.77m (15-7.75)
60m Hurdles, Men - 8. Kyle Smith, 8.30 (8.06q)
60m Dash, Women - 13. (prelims) Chelsie Stevens, 7.85
800m Run, Men - 18. Ben Goodman, 1:54.20
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