Feb. 11, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Mizzou track and field team completed action at the Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 11) in College Station and claimed three event titles while setting plenty of personal-bests throughout the competition. The highlight of the meet for Mizzou came in the overall team scores in which the Tiger men finished second overall, trailing only defending national champion Texas A&M, while the women took third, behind just Texas A&M and Baylor. The team finishes came despite Mizzou traveling only about a third of its normal competition roster, which bodes well for the team heading into the championship portion of the schedule.
Individually, one of the highlights came in the women's mile run as Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, Texas) and Bailey Belvis (Prosper, Texas) took the top two spots in the event, with Roxberg coming within just four seconds of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the event as she ran 4:41.24 to win the event. The time for her was a three-second personal-best and is 24th nationally. Belvis took second at 4:51.66 as well.
NCAA qualifier Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.) also turned in an event-winning performance as she took home top honors in the 600-yard run with a time of 1:22.87. The men also had a great performance in the 600-yard run as Tyrell Everett (Wichita, Kan.) took second overall at 1:11.76.
Staying in the middle-distance events, the men got great performances for their 800m runners as Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa) and Ricky West (Scarborough, Ontario) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the event at 1:48.69 and 1:48.84. Roxberg shined once again for the Tiger women in the 800m run as she clocked in at 2:11.12, finishing fourth overall. Allison Ross (Jackson, Mo.) took third in the 1,000m run as well with a time of 2:53.81 while Kyle Rood (St. Louis, Mo.) led the Tiger men in the mile with a sixth-place nod after clocking in at 4:12.22, rounding out the top performances in the middle distance events
Moving to the distance events, a pair of Tigers shined in the 3,000m run. First, Kinsey Farren
(Dallas, Texas) took third in the event at 9:50.23 for the Tiger women while Merid Seleshi
(Ontario, Canada) took fourth for the Tiger men at 8:27.38. The men's DMR completed a great day for the Tiger distance and middle-distance runners as it took second overall at 10:01.25.
Moving to the field events, triple jumper Jeremy Lampley (Ballwin, Mo.) took first place in the event at 15.10m (49-6 ½), a massive personal-best in the event. Fellow horizontal jumper Malcolm Pennix (South Bend, Ind.) also had a nice day, taking third overall in the long jump at 7.24m (23-9).
Moving to the throws, Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, Mo.) took second in the men's shot put at 17.62m (57-9 ¾) while Jacob Bullinger (Jackson, Mo.) and Brian Duncan (Iberia, Mo.) took third and fourth, respectively, in the weight throw at 18.05m (59-2 ¾) and 17.98m (59-0), the latter of which is a personal-best for Duncan. Cortni Ervin (Marshall, Mo.) also set a personal-best for the Tiger women at 17.72m (58-1 ¾) en-route to a fourth-place nod in the weight throw as well.
Also on the weekend, Mizzou competed a contingent of runners at the Grand Valley Big Meet in Allendale, Mich., and senior Dan Quigley (St. Louis, Mo.) led the way with first-place finish in the 5,000m run after clocking in at 14:10.08, a meet record and a 15-second personal-best as he came within just a second of claiming the Mizzou school record.
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