March 24, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou track and field program wrapped up the final day of the 2012 Missouri Relays on Saturday (March 24) at Audrey J. Walton Stadium. The Tigers got a huge lift in the women's shot put on Saturday, taking the top three spots. Kearsten Peoples won the shot put with a meet-record and nation-leading throw of 17.36 meters, Jill Rushin took second with a throw of 15.19 meters and Cortni Ervin took third with a throw of 14.72 meters.
Staying in the throws on the women's side, Peoples also won the hammer throw with a toss of 56.44m and took second in the discus throw with a distance of 46.81 meters as she was one of the Tigers' top individual performers at the meet, which spanned two days. Men's shot putters Brooks Mosier and Alex McDonald took first and second, respectively, as well. Mosier had a distance of 17.36m and McDonald had a distance of 15.85me.
High jumpers Mitchell Hatten and Aaron Baker finished second and third by both clearing a height of 2.00m. Staying in the field events on the men's side, Kyle Wessel finished second in the men's pole vault, clearing a height of 4.75 meters. On the women's side, pole vaulters Katrine Haarklau and Maggie Givens took the top two spots. Haarklau won the event by clearing 3.95m, with Givens taking second by clearing a height of 3.50m.
On the track, Bailey Belvis won the 1,500m run for the women with a time of 4:33.97 and Merid Seleshi won the event for the men with a time of 3:53.55. Sprinter Lauren Flaker won the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.11 seconds.
Mizzou hurdler Leslie Farmer won the 400 meter race with a time of 59.12. Men's hurdlers Kellyn Fogarty and Andy Schuckenbrock took second and third with times of 53.51 and 53.99, respectively, in the event as well.
The women's 4x100 meter relay team of Cara Forte, Lauren Flaker, Sierra Gant, and Sha Rone Greenlaw finished in second with a time of 47.03. In the final event of the weekend, the men's 4x400 meter relay team of Ryan Blackwell, Tyrell Everett, Matt Pickerel, and Kellyn Fogarty finished in second with a time of 3:13.82.
The Tigers will next be in action on March 30th at the Texas Relays. For all the latest on Mizzou track and field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MIZ_TrackFIeld.