Junior Bethany Pfeiffer also earned a pair of PR's today, besting her top mark from last week in her first two throws on Friday
Feb. 9, 2013
Fayetteville, Ark. - When asked about his goals for this season, freshman Markesh Woodson simply said, "To get my name known around the SEC". At the beginning of the season, that was a reasonable aim. Now, after his third meet in the black and gold, it is safe to say that goal has been realized.
"Anytime anyone runs 6.66, 6.67, and 6.63 in the same day, they are in another class. Markesh has talent, and the ability to take instruction, so is he special? Yes," said Coach Kareem Streete-Thompson, before recounting Markesh's delcaration while boarding the bus in Columbia that, not only was he going to beat his own school record, but he was going to run 6.61 to do it. A time missed only by 0.02 of a second. "I never saw his emotions waver. He came and he took in the mood, which is key for big-time athletics. You have to step into the arena, soak everything up, and use it to your advantage. This is an incredible start to a career."
After tying the 60m dash school record in his Tiger debut at the Missouri Invitational, winning the event in 6.70, Woodson went on officially put his name at the top of the record board with a 6.69 finish in Kentucky, also tallying his second win of the season. Tonight at Arkansas' Tyson Invitational, Woodson broke it again in the prelims, taking second in his heat with a 6.66. Then, for good measure, decided to drop it down to 6.63 in the finals, placing third among some of the top sprinters in the nation.
"You know, if God is for you then who can be against you. [Looking forward] if I can get first in the SEC, that's just big, that's really big for me." Woodson said. And true to form for this outgoing freshman, he made sure to add in a story about a friendly encounter with fellow 60m dash finalist and freshman Bryce Robinson of Tulsa: "He is one of the coolest guys I've met. He's just a really humble guy."
Woodson wasn't the only Tiger to come out with a couple new PR's. Junior Bethany Pfeiffer continued her string of personal best performances in the weight throw this weekend, topping her best mark of 17.67m (57-11.75) from last week in her first throw on Friday, marking in at 17.78m (58-4). She went on to make another improvement in her second throw of the day, hitting 18.14m (59-6.25) to qualify her for the finals. She was joined by sophomore Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS) in the final round, and took sixth and fourth, respectively. Senior Jacob Bullinger also had a good placing in the weight throw competition, coming out in second overall.
Competition will resume tomorrow in Arkansas with the shot put, high jump, triple jump, and men's pole vault. On the west coast, the Tigers are gearing up for day two of the Husky Invitational, and will look forward to some quality performances in the mile and 3k. For the latest updates on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.
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