Record Performance Carries Peoples to SEC Title



Feb. 28, 2014

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COLLEGE STATION, Tx. - Kearsten Peoples proved, once again, why she is leading the nation in the shot put today as she took home her second Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship title, and her season's fifth school record performance, on Friday with a best mark of 17.81m (58-5.25).  The junior was joined on the podium by classmate Jill Rushin, who placed third overall with her top mark of 16.34m (53-7.5).  

By the conclusion of Friday's events, the Tigers accumulated a total of 14 personal record performances and three All-SEC finishers.

"I think we did great.  We talk about how we want to compete against the best at their best, and this meet certainly presents that," Head Coach Brett Halter said. "Terrific performances across the board, people were fighting hard, clawing and scraping.  We have a lot of good stuff going on."

Peoples wasted little time during the competition, taking the lead on her second throw with her first personal record (PR) of the day, 17.76m (58-3.25).  She bounced back to solidify the lead, landing at 17.81m (58-5.25) on her third throw, a mark that would keep over two feet above the rest of the field.  This is the second consecutive SEC Title for Peoples, who won the event during the Outdoor Championships last spring at home in Columbia. 

"We've been preparing a lot throughout the season to get here and get our technique together.  The fact that I PR'ed in the first half of the competition it was just kind of a mental thing to try and beat that," Peoples said. "When it comes down to Nationals I'll be ready to go even farther.  I want to reach that 60-foot mark, and I feel like it's there."

Rushin hit her top throw on her fifth attempt to earn her third All-SEC finish after placing second in the shot put at last year's Indoor Championships and third at the Outdoor Championships.  Rounding out the field for the Tigers was senior Katie Evans who placed sixth overall to notch some points for the team total.

"Really proud of what the three women did in the shot put, to see KP [Peoples] pick up another SEC title, Jill and Katie fighting in there right behind her, those three women have been working really well together all season," Halter said.

Junior Mitch Hatten also earned some hardware on the second day of competition at Gilliam Indoor Stadium, placing third in the men's high jump with a final bar of 2.06m (6-9).  

In the women's pole vault, freshman Alyssa Applebee continued moving up the All-Time Top Ten board, making a PR bar of 3.97m (13-0.25) to tie with teammate Maggie Givens for the No. 3 spot.  Givens closed out the competition in 10th overall, followed closely by Applebee in 13th.  

Sophomore Markesh Woodson made a strong case for his defense of the 60m dash title, won last year with his 6.60 Missouri School Record performance.  He cruised to a solid win in his heat, second overall in the preliminary round, with a time of 6.62.  He will hit the blocks once more on Saturday to chase back-to-back titles.

Sophomore Sam Dickerson started the day for the mid-distance and distance crews with an exciting preliminary mile, finishing with a PR of 4:08.22 to come up seventh overall and qualify for the finals on Saturday. 

Four other Tigers in the mid-distance and distance groups earned PR's during Friday's competition, including senior Landon Wachter who's 2:08.79 all-time best put her 0.15-seconds from qualifying for Saturday's final and a scoring opportunity.  

Senior Max Storms also just missed on a top eight finish, earning a 3000-meter PR of 8:12.98 to finish ninth and move into the No. 6 spot on the All-Time Top Ten list.

The men's heptathlon closed out their seven-event, two-day competition series Friday afternoon with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, and 1000-meter run.  Sophomore Ser Whitaker entered the day in fifth-place after earning two new PR's in the 60-meter dash and high jump, while junior Tim Gilman held ninth-place after PR performances in the long jump and high jump.

Ser dropped one spot throughout Friday's events, despite earning new PR's in 60-meter hurdles and 1000-meter run, while Gilman maintained his rank with PR's in the pole vault and 1000-meter run.  Both men earned new all-time best totals, wth Whitaker placing sixth with 5,211-points and Gilman ninth with 4,993-points.  Whitaker now enters the All-Time Top Ten list for the event at No. 8, while Gilman hangs on for the No. 10 spot.

Events will continue tomorrow out of Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Station, Tx., starting at 1:00 p.m. CT with the women's weight throw, men's triple jump, and men's pole vault.  For the latest on your Tigers, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.

60m Dash, Men - Markesh Woodson
Mile Run, Men - Sam Dickerson

High Jump, Men - 3.  Mitch Hatten
Long Jump, Men - 7.  Jonathan Ilori
Heptathlon, Men - 6.  Ser Whitaker
Shot Put, Women - 1.  Kearsten Peoples  |  3.  Jill Rushin  |  6.  Katie Evans 

Mitch Hatten - Second Team (High Jump)
Kearsten Peoples - First Team (Shot Put)
Jill Rushin - Second Team (Shot Put) 

60m Dash (prelim) - 2.  Markesh Woodson, 6.62
60m Hurdles (prelim) - 17.  Kyle Smith, 8.40

200m Dash (prelim) - 20.  Markesh Woodson, 21.93
400m Dash (prelim) - 21.  Nadum Member-Meneh, 48.66
800m Run (prelim) - 25.  Cody Johnson, 1:55.38  |  27.  Ben Goodman, 1:55.67
Mile Run (prelim) - 7.  Sam Dickerson, 4:08.22  |  18.  Chandler Dye, 4:15.83
3000m Run - 9.  Max Storms, 8:12.98  |  10.  Tyler Schneider, 8:15.59  |  16.  Evan Chiplock, 8:25.34  |  17.  Dan Roe, 8:28.48  |  19.  Marc Dubrick, 8:35.86
High Jump - 3-T.  Mitch Hatten, 2.06m (6-9)
Long Jump - 7.  Jonathan Ilori, 7.14m (23-5.25)
Heptathlon - 6.  Ser Whitaker, 5,211  |  9.  Tim Gilman, 4,993
   60m Hurdles - 1.  Ser Whitaker, 8.28  |  11.  Tim Gilman, 9.07
   Pole Vault - 3.  Tim Gilman, 4.60m (15-1)  |  8.  Ser Whitaker, 4.00m (13-1.5)
   1000m Run - 7.  Tim Gilman, 2:46.92  |  8.  Ser Whitaker, 2:49.55

800m Run - 9.  Landon Wachter, 2:08.79
Mile Run - 19.  Libby Luciani, 5:00.86
3000m Run - 22.  Nicole Mello, 9:59.93  |  25.  Brooke Wolfe, 10:15.03
Pole Vault - 10-T.  Maggie Givens, 3.97m (13-0.25)  |  13.  Alyssa Applebee, 3.97m (13-0.25)  |  16.  Katrine Haarklau, 3.97m (12-6.25)
Long Jump - 18.  Kerri Furbert, 5.73m (18-9.75)
Shot Put - 1.  Kearsten Peoples, 17.81m (58-5.25)  |  3.  Jill Rushin, 16.34m (53-7.5)  |  6.  Katie Evans, 15.50m (50-10.25)


1:00 60m Hurdles, Men 
Weight Throw, Women Katie Evans  |  Kearsten Peoples
Triple Jump, Men Tony Carodine  |  Jonathan Ilori  |  Jamion Nash
Triple Jump, Women
Pole Vault, Men Parker Brush
1:10 60m Hurdles, Women
1:20 60m Dash, Men Markesh Woodson
1:30 60m Dash, Women
1:40 Mile Run, Men Sam Dickerson
1:45 Shot Put, Men
High Jump, Women Camille Hayes | Shinelle Proctor | Morgan Whitson
1:50 Mile Run, Women
2:00 400m Dash, Men
2:10 400m Dash, Women
2:20 5000m Run, Men Evan Chiplock | Marc Dubrick | Hayden Legg | Joe McKenna |
Dan Roe | Tyler Schneider | Max Storms | Drew White
3:00 800m Run, Men
3:10 800m Run, Women
3:20 200m Dash, Men
3:30 200m Dash, Women
3:40 5000m Run, Women Courtney Brown | Kaitlyn Fischer
4:20 DMR, Men
4:35 DMR, Women
4:50 4x400m, Men
5:05 4x400m Women



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