Peoples Starts NCAA Championships With All-American Performance

MUTIGERS.COM Junior Kearsten Peoples
Junior Kearsten Peoples

March 14, 2014

Day One Results

ALBUQUERQUE, NM. - Kearsten Peoples had her first of two competitions at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday, finishing seventh in the weight throw to claim her fifth-career All-American finish.  The junior bested her No. 10 ranking entering the meet, throwing her top mark of the evening on her first attempt with a measure of 20.87m (68-5.75).

"Kearsten fought hard tonight, trusting her technique and picking up important points for the Tigers," Head Coach Brett Halter said.  "She will spend a couple hours with our massage therapist, then off to dinner and bed in preparation for tomorrow's shot put competition."

This is the fifth All-American honor for Peoples, who has accumulated two awards for the outdoor shot put, and one each for the discus (outdoor) and indoor shot put.  She will vie for her sixth-career All-American finish tomorrow, doubling-back for the shot put.  She currently leads the nation in the event after her in-season personal record (PR) performance two weeks ago at the SEC Championships, where she won with a throw of 17.81m (58-5.25).  She holds an All-Time PR of 18.22m (59-9.5), achieved at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials where she placed fourth.

Joining her in the shot put ring will be classmate Jill Rushin, who will make her second NCAA Championships appearance ranked at No. 14.  Rushin sits just behind Peoples on the Missouri Record Board, holding the No. 2 All-Time Top Ten spot with her PR performance of 16.90m (55-5.5) from the Missouri Collegiate Challenge three weeks ago.  Rushin also earned All-SEC this year, placing third in the shot put competition.

Live Results  |  Live Feed - ESPN3 (starting at 7:50 p.m. ET)

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