March 29, 2014
AUSTIN, Tx. - Four Tigers improved upon their personal record (PR) marks and, subsequently, climbed up the All-Time Top Ten ladder on Friday as the teams closed out day two of three at the Texas Relays (Austin) and the Texas State Bobcat Invitational (San Marcos). The meets will conclude Saturday afternoon.
"This was another solid day of performances against some of the nation's best," Head Coach Brett Halter said. "As has been the case with both of these teams throughout the year, there were just terrific efforts across the board. We know we have a substantial amount of work ahead of us in the coming six weeks, and with these continued efforts we will once again be well prepared for Championship season beginning mid-May."
The field events ruled the day for the black and gold, as sophomore Tony Carodine, and juniors Morgan Whitson, Jonathan Ilori, and Jill Rushin all notched new PR marks and top four finishes in their respective events.
First up was Whitson, who placed second in the women's high jump at the Texas Relays with a final bar of 1.78m (5-10). This bests her previous PR of 1.75m (5-8.75) and moves her into the No. 10 spot on the Outdoor All-Time Top Ten list.
Ilori and Carodine were already members of the outdoor record book for the triple jump, but moved significantly in the line-up after their PR performances earned them second and fourth, respectively. Ilori hit his best on the second to last jump, marking in at 15.41m (50-6.75) to take the No. 5 spot on the list, while Carodine's top mark of 15.36m (50-4.75) came out of his second jump. Carodine sits just behind Ilori at No. 6 on the All-Time list.
"Jonathan and Tony executed exactly what we came here to work on," Carjay Lyles, assistant coach in charge of the sprints, hurdles, and horizontal jumps, said. "With it being early in the season, we reset our focus on specific things to get them ready for a long and successful outdoor season. Having them both jumping at their outdoor bests with where we are in training right now is exciting."
Rushin took home a big win in the shot put, placing first in a field that included two current top ten ranked women in the nation. She bumped up her PR in the event with a best mark of 16.59m (54-5.25) to maintain her No. 4 spot on the All-Time Top Ten list. Classmate Kearsten Peoples was just behind in second, followed by senior Katie Evans in 11th.
The pair of javelin throwers also placed in the top ten of their fields, as junior Macauley Garton took eighth for the men with his best throw of 66.38m (217-9), and senior Hailey Twietmeyer placed ninth for the women with a top mark of 47.36m (155-4).
The men's 4x400-meter relay also had an exciting performance, placing 15th in the field with a final time of 3:11.37. Made up of junior Drake Stuedemann, freshmen Niager Mathis and Jerrad Mason, and sophomore Nadum Member-Meneh, the foursome was just shy of making their mark on the All-Time Top Ten list.
"Running two freshman in their first collegiate meet ever and hitting a time that Mizzou hasn't run in the past few years, is motivating as we head into the season," Lyles said. "They won their heat pretty comfortably so I'm excited to see their continued improvement in that event."
TIGER RESULTS - TEXAS RELAYS (Full PDF)
Men's 100m Dash (prelim) - 69. Tre Chambers, 11.12
Men's 4x400m Relay - 15. (Drake Stuedemann, Niager Mathis, Jerrad Mason, Nadum Member-Meneh), 3:11.37
Women's Pole Vault - 12. Katrine Haarklau, 4.00m (13-1.5)
Women's High Jump - 2. Morgan Whitson, 1.78m (5-10)
Men's Triple Jump - 2. Jonathan Ilori, 15.41m (50-6.75) | 4. Tony Carodine, 15.36m (50-4.75)
Women's Shot Put - 1. Jill Rushin, 16.59m (54-5.25) | 2. Kearsten Peoples, 16.42m (53-10.5) | 11. Katie Evans, 14.56m (47-9.25)
Women's Discus - 12. Kearsten Peoples, 48.14m (157-11)
Women's Javelin - 9. Hailey Twietmeyer, 47.36m (155-4)
Men's Javelin - 8. Macauley Garton, 66.38m (217-9)
TIGER RESULTS - BOBCAT INVITATIONAL (Full PDF)
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