March 23, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou track and field team wrapped up a rain-soaked first day of the Missouri Relayson Friday (March 23) at Audrey J. Walton Stadium and got several notable performances in the field events before closing with some fine racing on the track.
Mizzou started the meet on the right foot as six of the top eight finishers in the women's hammer throw donned black and gold. Kearsten Peoples won the event with a throw of 56.4mm (185-2) while Melissa Coil took second at 55.35m (181-7). Amanda Peiffer took fourth at 53.85m (176-8), Cortni Ervin took fifth at 51.62m (169-4) while Bethany Pfeiffer and Megan Collins took sixth and seventh at 51.09m (167-7) and 50.62m (166-1) to round out the top finishers for the Tigers. The men would not be shown up though as they earned five of the top eight spots in the hammer throw. Winning the event was Jacob Bullinger with a throw of 58.29m (191-03) while Brian Duncan took fourth at 54.58m (179-01). Brooks Mosier came in at fifth at 54.34m (178-03) followed by Alex McDonald in seventh with a throw of 52.44m (172-00) and Tim Opferin eighth at 51.78 (169-10).
The Tigers didn't stop their accomplishments at hammer throw as MaCauley Garton broke the meet record for men's javelin throw as he went on to win the event with a throw of 64.15m (210-05). That mark is also the fifth best throw in school history. Teammate Asa Wyatt earned a third-place finish with a distance of 59.60m (195-06). As for the women, Katrine Haarklau also won the javelin throw with a toss of 46.40m (152-03). Hailey Twietmeyertook third with a 40.99 (134-06) and Pfeiffer appeared on the board with a throw of 38.61m (126-08) giving her a fifth place finish
Continuing in the field, DaWon Baker earned a second place finish in the long jump with a distance of 6.58m (21-07.25) while teammate Ser Whittaker finished fourth at 6.28m (20-7.25). Erika Miller also earned a second place finish for the women in the long jump with a distance of 5.70m (18-8.50). In the high jump Camille Hayeswon the event for the women with a height of 1.65m.
Things got started on the track with the women's 100m hurdles as Kelcy Vanarsdall finished fourth in her heat with a time of 16.35 while Morgan Whitson took fifth in her heat at 16.88. Vanarsdall's time advanced her to tomorrow's finals in the event. In the men's 110m hurdles, Mizzou's Whittaker took fourth overall with a time of 15.56 while Tim Gillmantook seventh at 16.63 as both advance to tomorrow's finals in the event.
Moving to the 200m dash, Mizzou's Tre Chambers took second in his heat at 21.74, advancing to tomorrow's event finals in that event. Also, Ryan Blackwell took fourth at 22.09 while Matt Pickerel took seventh at 22.52 as Mizzou advanced three runners to tomorrow's finals. On the women's side, Cara Forte' took third in the event prelims at 25.40 while Lauren Flaker was fifth at 25.70 and Sierra Ganttook eighth at 25.87 as all three will run in tomorrow's event finals.
Over in the 100m dash Kenneth Chambers took third with a time of 10.65 to advance to tomorrow's finals. He will be joined by teammates Malcolm Pennix who took fifth at 10.77 and Jonathan Ilori whose time of 11.06 gave him the last spot in the finals. Lauren Flaker, on the women's side, also took third in the event prelims at 12.34 while Cara Forte was fourth at 12.37 as they both earned a place in the event finals tomorrow.
In the distance events Aimee Bonte set a new personal record in the 5000 meter run with an event winning time of 17:28.15. Max Stormsalso won the 5000 meter run on the men's time clocking in at 14:21.68, which is the fastest time in the nation so far. Philip King was second in the race coming in at 14:27.36 which places him second nationally behind Storms.
As a scheduling note, the boys long jump will be held at 11 a.m. and the men's triple jump will follow that event, followed immediately by the boys triple jump. The men's pole vault will be contested at 10 a.m. as well. All of those events were delayed due to inclement weather on Friday.
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