Feb. 11, 2011
AMES, Iowa - On day one of the Iowa State Classic, the Mizzou track and field team saw plenty of top-notch performances from its underclassmen, but it was a senior who stole the show, saving the best performance of the day for last. Senior weight thrower Chris Holly (Topeka, Kan.) competed in the final event of the day and turned in a second-place nod in the unseeded weight throw finals with a top mark of 18.88m (61-11 ½). His mark is a new personal-best as he continues to rank second in the Big 12 in the event. Aside from Holly, it was the Tigers' underclassmen that put together an impressive meet.
Freshman sprinter Tre Chambers (Colorado Springs, Mo.) competed in his first meet since the third week of the season after recovering from a tweaked hamstring and placed as the second-best collegian (sixth overall) in the men's 200m dash at 21.60, just off of his personal-best in the event of 21.58. Chambers has threatened to break the school record of 21.32 in nearly every meet this season and currently ranks fourth on Mizzou's all-time indoor 200m list. What made his feat even more impressive is that the field was comprised of nearly 140 competitors.
Freshman JT McCarthy (Burlington, Iowa) put together an equally impressive performance in the men's unseeded 3,000m run as he placed fourth overall with a time of 8:42.01. Sophomore Kevin McKee (Kansas City, Mo.) clocked a substantial personal-best in the men's unseeded 3,000m run as well, leading his heat almost from start to finish as he clocked in at 8:45.26, good for seventh overall in the event. He shaved nearly 21 seconds off of his personal-best with that clocking.
Freshman Erika Miller (Mexico, Mo.) had a big day in the women's long jump as she placed fifth overall with a substantial personal-best at 5.81m (19-0 ¾), almost 10 inches better than her previous personal-best. In fact, she was fifth out of 47 jumpers in the event. Miller wasn't the only Tiger freshman to have a great showing on Friday as classmate Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, Kan.) followed up her sensational meet last weekend by placing eighth in the women's seeded weight throw at 17.17m (56-4).
In the unseeded women's events, pole vaulter Holly Stewart (Lee's Summit, Mo.) claimed the event title with a clearance of 3.55m (11-7 ¾), a new personal-best in the event by four inches. Heather Green (Jefferson City, Mo.) was the Tigers' top finisher in the seeded pole vault as she cleared 3.70m (12-1 ½). Freshman Emilee Dailey (Joplin, Mo.) was another Tiger who put together an impressive effort as she placed third overall in the unseeded women's high jump after clearing 1.57m (5-1 ¾), just three centimeters back from the event winning mark of 1.60m (5-3). In the un-seeded women's weight throw, sophomore Megan Collins (Lee's Summit, Mo.) finished sixth overall with a toss of 16.87m (55-4 ¼) while Melissa Coil (Clark, Mo.) finished in a tie for eighth at 16.78m (55-0 ¾).
Eden Slater (Stoneboro, Pa.) ran in the unseeded 5,000m run as she placed 20th overall with an indoor personal-best time of 18:32.07. Staying in the track events, senior Lana Mims (Tulsa, Okla.) led the way for the Tiger women in the 200m dash as she placed 25th with a time of 25.20. Sierra Gant (Wichita, Kan.) was just behind her at 25.22 to place 26th overall. The field featured 125 runners.
Also on Friday, Mizzou had a small group of runners compete at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas and saw 800m national qualifier Aaron Dixon (Lee's Summit, Mo.) post a Mizzou season-best 1:50.22 to take fifth overall in the event. More importantly, it places Dixon 27th on the national descending order list. Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, Kan.) also ran at the Tyson and posted a personal-best clocking of 4:47.49. Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa) and Layne Moore (Emporia, Kan.) also ran in the men's and women's 800m runs, clocking times of 1:57.34 and 2:12.41, respectively.
Current Tiger volunteer assistant coach Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.) also posted the world's 25th-best heptathlon score as he finished second in the event with a point total of 5,669.
Mizzou will be back in action at the ISU Classic tomorrow and sophomore Bailey Belvis (Prosper, Texas) will run in the women's 3,000m run at the Tyson Invitational. For all the latest on Mizzou track and field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter at @MIZ_TrackField.
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