Feb. 2, 2013
Lincoln, Neb. – The Tigers are bringing some hardware home after their second day of competition at the University of Nebraska's Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln. Sophomores Kearsten Peoples and Mitch Hatten came out of the tough meet with spots on the podium in their respective events.
Peoples came back after her third place finish in the weight throw on Friday to take second in today’s shot put, hitting her best mark of 16.16m (53-0.25) on her fourth attempt. Fellow-sophomore Jill Rushin joined Peoples in the finals of the event, coming in sixth place overall.
"There were a lot of good girls here this weekend, and in the weeks ahead I think I just need to understand that I can compete with the girls who are ranked higher than me," said Peoples. "But I know that, in both events [shot put and weigh throw], I'll be ready in a couple of weeks."
Hatten, who already had two PR performances this season, is now three-for-three, as he comes away with another personal best mark of 2.05m (6-8.75). He had jumped 2.02m (6-7.5) at the first two meets of the season before hitting this new top mark on his first attempt. This 1.25’ improvement was enough for third overall.
"That was the first time in college I've made it [onto the podium], so I was really excited," said Hatten. "For some of the first heights, I didn't quite have everything together. But Coach [Dan] Lefever adjusted some things, and it worked really well."
The final day of competition saw a couple more personal record performances from senior Heather Green and sophomore Jasmine Webb. Green finished 10th in the pole vault with a new indoor PR of 3.87m (12-8.25), overcoming her previous best mark of 3.81m (12-6).
Webb came out strong in the first heat of the 800m, taking control of the race until the 500m mark. She finished second in her heat, sixth overall, with a new PR of 2:16.14, topping her previous best by a mere 0.85 seconds. Junior Landon Wachter also competed in the 800m, taking home her first mark of the season with a final time of 2:16.08 for fifth place overall.
The squads will be splitting up next week, with a small distance crew flying to Seattle, WA, for the Husky Invitational, and the rest of the team traveling to Fayetteville, AR, for the Tyson Invitational. For the latest updates on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com, and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.
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