Senior Landon Wachter
Feb. 14, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Tigers continued knocking down record book performances on Friday as they closed out day one of two at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. All in all, the black and gold left the Randal Tyson Track with ten personal records (PR's) and three new Missouri All-Time Top Ten performances from senior Landon Wachter, and freshmen Kaitlyn Fischer and Drew White.
Wachter led most of the way during the women's 800-meter run before battling out in the final lap to cross for third in her heat, fourth overall. Her time of 2:09.03 was good for a two-second PR and the No. 9 spot on the All-Time Top Ten list.
Sophomore Will Crocker also earned himself a new 800-meter PR, placing fourth overall in the competition with his 1:50.97 finish. This puts him in sight of the All-Time Top Ten mark, with just over a second separating him and the No. 10 spot (1:49.76).
"The ladies in the mile got the day started really well," Joe Lynn, assistant coach in charge of the mid-distance and distance groups said. "That 800m race for Landon was a break-through, we've been waiting for that and it was impressive how she was able to hold herself together after getting out so fast. I think in the right race she can drop it a few more seconds."
The men's and women's 5000-meter races saw a pair of All-Time Top Ten finishes from freshmen as Kaitlyn Fischer and Drew White both made their way into the indoor record books for the first time.
Fischer took command of the women's race just after the mile mark and didn't let go, coming in over ten-seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. She crossed in 16:51.16 to come in at No. 7 in the Mizzou Record Book, and in the top ten on the current rankings for the SEC.
The men's race was a battle from start to finish, with White keeping in with the lead pack throughout most of the race. He finished in fourth overall with a final time of 14:28.07 for No. 10 in on the Mizzou Top Ten. That time is good for top spot in the current SEC rankings.
"Kaitlin was just patient and confident in her race plan, and her being able to execute what we talked about and really understanding where she was in the race showed a lot of maturity for being a freshman," Lynn said. "That was a big break-through for Drew, happy that his hard work over the last year and a half is starting to come to fruition."
Once again, junior Maggie Givens came through as one of the highlights in the field events, along with a pair of combined event athletes, junior Morgan Whitson and sophomore Ser Whitaker. Givens had a final mark of 3.90m (12-9.5) in the pole vault before getting in some good looks at a PR bar of 4.00m (13-1.5). She finished fourth overall in the competition.
In the long jump, both Whitson and Whitaker hit new top marks finishing 12th and 25th in their respective competitions. Both marked in their bests jumps on final attempts, with Morgan marking in at 5.68m (18-7.75) and Whitaker at 6.70m (21-11.75).
The women's weight throw closed out the evening's field events, with junior Kearsten Peoples placing second with a toss of 20.66m (67-9.25) followed by senior Katie Evans in 12th with a mark of 17.31m (56-9.5).
Up north in Ames, Ia., senior Max Storms had his first of two races this weekend in the 5000-meter run. Storms came into the evening with only one race under his belt thus far this season, and emerged with a 12th-place finish in 14:40.82. He will be back at it tomorrow with the mile.
Events will continue tomorrow for Mizzou with the women's shot put, men's pole vault, high jump, men's triple jump, 200-meter dash, 3000-meter run, distance medley relay, and the 4x400-meter relay. For the latest on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.
Day One Breakdown
60m DASH, MEN - 54. Tre Chambers, 7.14
60m HURDLES, MEN - 23. Kyle Smith, 8.36
60m HURDLES, WOMEN - 49. Morgan Whitson, 9.23
400m DASH, WOMEN - 69. Sydney Wells, 57.93
POLE VAULT, WOMEN - 4. Maggie Givens, 3.90m (12-9.5)
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