Layne Moore finished third overall in the women's 800m run.
March 6, 2010
AMES, Iowa -- With hopes of improving their NCAA Championship hopes, a select few members of the Mizzou track and field team wrapped up competition at the ISU Last Chance Meet on Saturday (March 6) inside Lied Recreation Center. The Tigers had plenty of entries in both the men's and women's 800m runs and both Layne Moore (Emporia, Kan.) and Aaron Dixon (Lee's Summit, Mo.) placed third overall in the race.
Dixon ran a personal-best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 1:49.05 to earn third overall in a field of 35 runners. Not only is his time a personal-best, but it is also a team-best during the indoor season. That mark ranks him 23rd nationally which improves his chance of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the event.
Four other Tiger men competed in the 800m run at the meet, all finishing in the top two-thirds of the field. Sophomore Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa) clocked in at eight-place overall after running a time of 1:50.51, just one hundredth of a second off of the NCAA provisional standard. Chris Davis (Riverdale, Ga.) placed 12th overall in the event at 1:51.23, a season-best for the All-Big 12 honoree while Ricky West (Scarborough, Ontario) finished just behind him at 1:52.11, earning him 15th overall. Tyrell Everett (Wichita, Kan.) was the Tigers' final finisher at 800m, turning in a time of 1:54.33, earning him 21st overall.
Moore, who claimed the Big 12 title at 1,000 meters last weekend, also shined in the 800m run for the Tiger women as she clocked an indoor personal-best 2:08.05, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. The time earned her third-place overall but leaves her ranked outside the national top 30 in the event, which will likely leave her out of the NCAA Championships. Moore was the only Tiger on the women's side to compete in the 800m run on Saturday.
Two other Tiger women competed on the day, both running in the 400m dash. Lana Mims (Tulsa, Okla.) was the top finisher for Mizzou in the event as she was clocked at 55.70, leaving her just shy of qualifying for the Championships. Sophomore Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.), who earned All-Big 12 honors in the 600-yard run last weekend, finished 10th overall in the 400m dash on Saturday with a time of 57.58.
The Tigers will now await the announcement of the NCAA Championships field. So far, three Tigers - Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.), Shannon Leinert (Eureka, Mo.) and Lars Rise (Trondheim, Norway) - have earned a berth to the Championships. The rest of the Tigers will have to wait for the announcement from the NCAA, which will be tomorrow (March 7). For all the latest on Mizzou track and field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.
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