AMES, Iowa - The Mizzou track and field program wrapped up day two of competition at the ISU Classic on Saturday (Feb. 12) as senior and three-time All-American Brian Hancock (Monroe City, Mo.) once again threatened to break his own school record in the pole vault as he finished second overall with a season-best vault of 5.25m (17-2 ¾). He had three cracks at 5.35m (17-6 ½) - which would have been just two centimeters shy of his school record - but just missed on each of the three attempts. Hancock wasn't the only bright spot on the day as the Tigers had plenty of quality performances in nearly every event.
The Tiger shot putters had a great day, highlighted by freshman Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, Kan.) who finished sixth in the women's seeded shot put after throwing 15.26m (50-0 ¾), marking her second-straight meet with a throw better than 50 feet. Sophomore Katie Evans (Powersville, Mo.) placed just behind Peoples in seventh with a throw of 14.71m (48-3 ¼). In the non-seeded women's shot put, both Laura Greenfield (Liberty, Mo.) and Cortni Ervin (Marshall, Mo.) placed in the top four. Greenfield finished third at 14.51m (47-7 ¼), just off of her season-best, while Ervin was fourth at 14.37m (47-1 ¾).
The men had an equally impressive performance as both Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and Corey Jones (Boonville, Mo.) improved the Mizzou 2011 season-best in the shot put. Mosier led the way with a toss of 17.72m (58-1 ¾) while Jones threw 17.70m (58-1) and each did so on their final attempts in the meet. The duo placed fifth and sixth, respectively, and the marks for both men are personal-bests as each now rank in the top 30 nationally. In the unseeded shot put, Patrick Fitzgerald (Eagleville, Mo.) placed eighth with a throw of 15.82m (51-11).
On the track, Mizzou's men had a great day in the 600-yard run as two runners placed in the top six. Defending ISU Classic 600-yard champion Chris Davis (Riverdale, Ga.) posted a time of 1:11.70 to place fifth overall. The time was good for his second-best of the season. But it was Mark Hughes (Center, Mo.) who turned heads in the event as he placed just behind Davis at 1:11.99, a personal-best in the event. Staying in the shorter races, junior Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.) placed ninth in the women's seeded 400m dash at 56.01, a season-best by any Tiger in 2001. It was also just a half second back of her personal-best time in the event.
Megan Kowalik (Florissant, Mo.) got things started for the Tigers on day two of competition as she won the unseeded women's mile with a personal-best time of 5:01.09, a new personal-best by three seconds. Over the last three weeks, Kowalik has cut her personal-best in the event by nearly 13 seconds.
Moving back to field events, freshman high jumper Camille Hayes (Indianapolis, Ind.) kept things going for the Tiger women as she turned in a second-place nod in the unseeded women's high jump after clearing 1.67m (5-5 ¾). The mark is good for her second-best clearance this season. In the seeded high jump, Stacy Swineburg (Camdenton, Mo.) placed ninth with a maximum clearance of 1.67m (5-5 ¾). Staying in the jump events, triple jumper Shawnte' Middlebrook (Lee's Summit, Mo.) turned in her second-best jump of the season in at 11.79m (38-8 ¼) and she placed fourth in the event. Jeremy Lampley (Ballwin, Mo.) was the men's top finisher in the triple jump as he took 14th overall with a leap of 13.78m (45-2 ½).
On the men's side, freshman Tim Williams (Waynesville, Mo.) continued his breakout season in the seeded men's high jump as he cleared 2.06m (6-9), good for his second-best jump of the season and his top mark since the season opening Missouri Invitational. He continues to put together an impressive freshman season as he ranks just outside the all-time top 10 indoor performers in school history, and he has only competed in six collegiate meets. In fact, his season-best clearance is just seven centimeters shy of the all-time top five indoor performers in school history and it would rank him 11th on the outdoor list.
Matthew Krogman (Brookfield, Wis.) also had a nice day in the non-seeded men's pole vault as he set a new a personal-best for the second consecutive week after clearing 4.65m (15-3) to take 15th overall in the event.
Max Storms (Kansas City, Mo.) put together a spirited effort in the men's seeded 3,000m run to close out the individual track events on Friday. In fact, he ran in second place nearly wire to wire in the heat and took second with a personal-best time of 8:27.44, which shaved nearly 20 seconds off of his previous personal-best. He finished the event 12th overall and second in his heat and it is the top time clocked by a Tiger this season.
The final event of the day was the 4x400m relay. The Tiger women finished 12th overall with a season-best time of 3:47.72 while the men were clocked in at 3:14.75, also a season-best by a Tiger foursome.
Sophomore Bailey Belvis (Prosper, Texas) ran in the 3,000m run at the Tyson Invitational as well on Saturday and clocked her second-best time of the season at 9:49.31, placing seventh overall.
Mizzou will be back home next Friday for the Mizzou Collegiate Challenge at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. For all the latest on Mizzou track and field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter at @MIZ_TrackField.