Feb. 16, 2013
Columbia, Mo. – The Tigers saw some positive performances tonight at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge as the squads prepare for their first SEC Championships next week. Certainly highlighting the day’s events was freshman Chelsie Stevens who, after missing the 60m Dash School Record by 0.01 seconds at the Missouri Invitational, bumped it down a few notches tonight, finishing in 7.56 seconds. This will bring down the reign of Avis Evans, whose 7.60 record has held since January 19, 2001.
"Any time you can break a school record, that's pretty significant," said Head Coach Brett Halter. "The bar is set high, our standard is a national standard. She should feel good about achieving that [as a freshman], it was a huge improvement."
That time is also enough to nab Chelsie a spot in the current SEC Rankings, placing her at No. 25 in the top track & field conference in the world. She is joining fellow SEC-ranked record-breakers from Friday’s meet: Malcolm Pennix, Kearsten Peoples, Brooks Mosier, and Jonathan Ilori. All four of these athletes took down meet records in their respective events.
"All in all the met was a bit success. [It] was kind of a clean-up meet for our stars, some take off some working on technique, we do what's right for each person. It's a good meet for our athletes to continue working hard and develop. We had several athletes who got that done and for others it's about continuing to get better," Halter said. "Now we'll go into next weekend and we'll compete hard. We can't play defense so we'll just do the best that we can."
First up was senior Malcolm Pennix, whose third attempt of 7.64m (25-0.75) earned him the win, and toppled the previous meet record of 7.22m (23-8.25) set by Nic Ford in 2012. Ilori currently sits at No. 5 in both the SEC and National Rankings, as released by the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS).
Next on the runway was freshman Jonathan Ilori, whose second attempt of 15.53m (50-11.5) was good for a new meet record, and season-best. He brought down Donavan Loring of Central Arkansas, who won the event in 2011 with a mark fo 15.29m (50-2). Ilori’s only marked jump of the day was also enough to put him at No. 7 in current SEC Rankings, and No. 27 Nationally.
The throws ring also saw a couple new top Collegiate Challenge marks, both coming out of the shot put competition. Sophomore Kearsten Peoples made it count her last throw, marking in at 16.19m (53-1.5) to take down Missouri alum Krishna Lee from the Collegiate Challenge record board. Teammate Jill Rushin, sophomore, placed second in the event, and also threw over the 15.91m (52-2.5) record, marking a fourth toss of 16.05m (52-8). Senior Brooks Mosier rounded out the throws competition for the day, earning an Indoor PR and new meet record of 18.30m (60-0.5). This takes down Andy Oaker’s 2010 winning mark of 18.16m (59-7), and puts Mosier at No. 7 in current SEC Rankings, No. 26 Nationally.
Finally, junior Landon Wachter was the lone Tiger to take down a meet record on the track, finishing the 800m run in 2:15.33. Just behind her was teammate and fellow-junior Ali Ross, whose 2:15.90 finish was also under the 2009 record of 2:17.63.
Twelve more Tigers took home new personal bests from the Collegiate Challenge, numbers which bode well for the upcoming Championship and outdoor season. For the latest updates on your Tigers as they head into the SEC Championships, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.