Ilori Closes Out Championships with Podium Finish



March 1, 2014

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Sophomore Jonathan Ilori
Photo by Clayton Hotze

COLLEGE STATION, Tx. - The Tigers closed out the final day of the SEC Championships on Saturday with the team's third podium finisher, sophomore Jonathan Ilori.  Ilori battled it out with fellow-sophomore Tony Carodine in the men's triple jump, both finishing with new personal record (PR) performances for third and fourth, respectively.  

All in all, the Tigers had 23 PR's, nine Missouri All-Time Top Ten marks, four All-SEC finishers, and one SEC Champion and Missouri School Record performance at the hands of junior Kearsten Peoples.  The Tigers departed Texas A&M with an eleventh-place team finish on the men's side, and ninth-place on the women's.

"Obviously we would have liked to have placed higher as a team, but we gave everything that we had in the tank.  We'll just continue working hard and keep improving," Head Coach Brett Halter said. "A lot of people stepped up today; the triple jumpers did a remarkable job, both with big PR's and getting points for their team.  There was some really good stuff across the board, so we'll get ready for the NCAA Championships and start preparing for the outdoor season."

The field events kicked off the day, with Ilori and Carodine coming through with a pair of significant career-best marks.  Ilori kicked off the competition with his first of two PR's for the day, marking in at 15.57m (51-1) to overtake his previous best, 15.53m (50-11.5).  

"Today was a really good day.  Those big performances from Tony and Jono [Ilori] in the triple jump were amazing.  For them to come to a Championship meet and, not just perform, but perform and PR by a foot, that was great for them and it's going to bring a lot of energy into the outdoor season," Carjay Lyles, first-year assistant coach in charge of jumps, sprints, and hurdles, said. "This was an amazing environment to be in, and I think our team is understanding the level of competition they have to be ready for."  

Carodine followed suite on his third attempt with a career-best measure of 15.70m (51-6.25) to take over first-place going into the finals.  He was just edged out of podium contention by Ilori, who landed at his top mark of 15.76m (51-8.5) on the day's final attempt.  

"This medal really means a lot.  It might not be the color I want, but I am so happy," Ilori said. "Right from round one I got a PR, so I was feeling siked and so ready to go.  Then Tony went and jumped a PR and it was 'okay, I got some competition from my own teammate'.  It was good, it was just like practice with us going at it.  And I just want to congratulate Tony and Jamion.  This is a huge springboard for us into outdoor and I am so excited."

In the women's weight throw, junior Kearsten Peoples and senior Katie Evans doubled-back after their shot put competitions on Friday to hit the ring once more in the weight throw.  Peoples was coming off a title-winning performance in the shot put, with a winning mark and new Missouri School Record of 17.81m (58-5.25).  She earned points for the women's team once more on Saturday with a fourth-place finish.  

Junior Camille Hayes notched points for the Tigers in the high jump with the day's third PR mark, placing sixth overall with a final bar of 1.73m (5-8).

Rounding out team points were sophomore Markesh Woodson who finished seventh in the 60-meter dash, and the men's and women's distance medleys who finished in seventh and fifth, respectively.  Both the men's and women's relays had exciting performances, with each leg splitting on or below their PR's in the respective races.

The men were up first, with junior Kenny Cushing splitting 3:02.52 for the 1200-meter leg, passing the baton off to junior Drake Stuedemann in seventh.  Stuedemann doubled-back after his 400-meter dash on Friday to split 48.39 on his leg and hand off in the mix of the chase pack.  Sophomore Will Crocker broke through the 1:50 barrier for the first time in the 800-meter and handed off to freshman T.J. Carey in sixth, who went on to run sub-4:10 and bring the men home in seventh.

Senior Ali Ross got the women going with her 1200-meter leg, handing off in 3:29.96 and holding third.  Sophomore Jackie Obi and senior Landon Wachter both had their second performance in the Championship, with Obi splitting 55.10 in the 400-meter and Wachter 2:09.31 to maintain the fifth position.  Closing out the relay, and the performances for the black and gold, was a gutsy mile leg from freshman Kayla Wolf.  In only her third mile this season, Wolf split 4:47.13 to secure the team's fifth-place finish.

Next up for the Tigers is the NCAA Championships in Albuquerque, NM, on March 14 through March 15.  For the latest on your Tigers, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.


Shot Put - Kearsten Peoples, First Team  |  Jill Rushin, Second Team
High Jump, Men - Mitch Hatten, Second Team
Triple Jump - Jonathan Ilori, Second Team


60m Dash, Men - Markesh Woodson (7th)
High Jump, Men - Mitch Hatten (3rd)
Long Jump, Men - Jonathan Ilori (7th)
Triple Jump, Men - Jonathan Ilori (3rd) | Tony Carodine (4th)
Shot Put, Women -  Kearsten Peoples (1st) | Jill Rushin (3rd) | Katie Evans (6th)
Heptathlon, Men - Ser Whitaker (6th) 


800m Run, Women - No. 9 Landon Wachter (2:08.79)
3000m Run, Men - No. 6 Max Storms (8:12.98)
Pole Vault, Women - No. 3 Maggie Givens (3.97m/13.0.25) | No. 3 Alyssa Applebee (3.97m/13-0.25)
Triple Jump, Men - No. 3 Jonathan Ilori (15.76m/51-8.5) | No. 4 Tony Carodine (15.70m/51-6.25)
Shot Put, Women - No. 1 Kearsten Peoples (17.81m/58-5.25)
Heptathlon, Men - No. 8 Ser Whitaker (5,211) | No. 10 Tim Gilman (4,993)
Pentathlon, Women - No. 6 Morgan Whitson (3,878)

   Bold - Personal Record | * - All-Time Top Ten | SR - Missouri School Record


Pentathlon - 10. Morgan Whitson, 3878*
   60m Hurdles - 16. Whitson, 9.30
   High Jump - 4. Whitson, 1.75m (5-8.75)
   Shot Put - 4. Whitson, 12.15m (39-10.5)
   Long Jump - 8. Whitson, 5.57m (18-3.25)
   800m Run - 13. Whitson, 2:28.03
Heptathlon (after four events) - 5. Ser Whitaker, 2911  |  9. Tim Gilman, 2675
   60m Dash - 3. Whitaker, 7.19  |  11. Gilman, 7.38
   Long Jump - 6. Whitaker, 6.67m (21-10.75)  |  12. Gilman, 6.15m (20-2.25)
   Shot Put - 6. Whitaker, 12.63m (41-5.25)  |  8. Gilman, 12.18m (39-11.50)
   High Jump - 6. Whitaker, 1.90m (6-2.75) | 7. Gilman, 1.87m (6-1.50)


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 Run9.  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) SR  |  3.  Jill Rushin, 16.34m (53-7.5)  |  6.  Katie Evans, 15.50m (50-10.25)


60m Dash, Men - 7.  Markesh Woodson, 6.79
Mile Run, Men - 10.  Sam Dickerson, 4:12.80
5000m Run, Men - 11. Max Storms, 14:31.01  |  12. Dan Roe, 14:32.37  |  13. Tyler Schneider, 14:33.08  |  17. Marc Dubrick, 14:50.25  |  19. Hayden Legg, 14:53.60  |  20. Evan Chiplock, 14:54.65  |  22. Joe McKenna, 15:06.27  |  26. Drew White, 15:26.49 
DMR, Men - 7. (Cushing, Stuedemann, Crocker, Carey), 9:49.14
Pole Vault, MenParker Brush, NH 
Triple Jump, Men3. Jonathan Ilori, 15.76m (51-8.5)*  |  4. Tony Carodine, 15.70m (51-6.25)*  |  12. Jamion Nash, 14.84m (48-8.25) 


5000m Run, Women - 15. Kaitlyn Fischer, 17:01.40  |  26. Courtney Brown, 17:40.17
DMR, Women - 5. (Ross, Obi, Wachter, Wolf), 11:21.48
High Jump, Women6. Camille Hayes, 1.73m (5-8)  |  10. Morgan Whitson, 1.73m (5-8)  |  11. Shinelle Proctor, 1.68m (5-6) 
Weight Throw, Women - 4. Kearsten Peoples, 20.32m (66-8)  |  11. Katie Evans, 17.33m (56-10.25) 



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