Tigers Win Tom Botts Invitational

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Lana Mims was named the women's Most Outstanding Athlete.</i>
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Lana Mims was named the women's Most Outstanding Athlete.
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April 3, 2010

Complete Results |  Day Two 

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou track and field program concluded its final regular season home meet of 2010 on Saturday (April 3) as both the men and women claimed the Tom Botts Invitational Championship. The women finished the two-day event with 284 points while the men totaled 264 points, both besting squads from Drake, Northern Iowa, Indiana State and Central Missouri. The senior-day meet also served as a perfect sendoff for a pair of Tiger seniors as both Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.) and Lana Mims (Tulsa, Okla.) were honored as the meet's Most Outstanding Athletes after each excelled in several events throughout the meet.

Mims was the Tigers' top performer on the women's side as she claimed three event titles, doing so in the long jump and both the 400m and 200m dashes. She also clocked a personal-best time 24.40 in the 200m dash, 55.94 in the 400m dash and jumped 5.87m (19-3 ¼) en-route to her three event titles. She accounted for 33 points in the team competition for the Tiger women. She also ran the anchor leg on the women's 4x400m relay team that took second place overall.

Adcock, a decathlete for the Tigers, won the 110m hurdles (14.29), finished third overall in the pole vault (4.60m), second in the javelin (52.74m) and fourth overall in the high jump (1.95m) to account for 35 total points for the Tiger men at the meet. He also ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay and clocked a split of 47.64 to help the Tiger men to a time of 3:11.31. He also competed in the shot put and measured in at 13.66m (44-9 ¾).

Chris Davis (Riverdale, Ga.) was another highlight for the Tigers on the day as he shattered the meet record in the 400m hurdles after winning the event with a time of 52.48, just shy of his personal-best in the event. Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.) - who is the school's record holder in the event - was the women's top finisher in the 400m hurdles after running a time of 1:01.54 to place second.

Aaron Dixon (Lee's Summit, Mo.) kept things going for the Tigers on the track as he claimed the 1,500m run title with a time of 3:55.43 and he also placed second in the 800m run at 1:53.52. His 1,500m run time is a personal-best in the event. He accounted for 20 overall points for the Tiger men. Ellen Ries (Ryan, Iowa) followed Dixon's lead and won the women's 1,500m run with a time of 4:36.02, nearly two seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Mizzou's middle distance runners also performed well in the 800m run as Tyrell Everett (Wichita, Kan.) won the event for the men with a time of 1:51.90, just ahead of Dixon. Ricky West (Scarborough, Ontario) finished fourth in the event at 1:54.42. Big 12 1,000m Champion Layne Moore (Emporia, Kan.) was the women's top runner at 800m, clocking in at 2:08.72 to place second overall. Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, Kan.) was fourth in the event after clocking in at 2:12.91.

Sophomore Asa Wyatt (Poplar Bluff, Mo.) was the Tigers' first event winner on the day as he claimed the javelin title with a throw of 55.39m (181-8) to score 11 points in the team competition. Daniel Hunter (Hallsville, Mo.) also had a fine day in the field for the Tigers as he set a season-best mark in the high jump at 2.05m (6-8 ¾) to place second overall.

Building upon their performance in the shot put yesterday, the throwers on the women's side received several strong performances in the hammer throw, highlighted by Melissa Coil (Clark, Mo.) who measured in at 53.40m (175-2) to place second overall. Megan Collins (Lee's Summit, Mo.) placed fifth in the event with 50.47m (165-7) as the pair earned the Tiger women 17 total points in the event. The men has a similar performance in the hammer throw as Tim Opfer (Higginsville, Mo.) threw 54.13m (177-7) to place second while Jacob Bullinger (Jackson, Mo.) placed fifth at 49.85m (163-6). Senior Andy Oaker (Steelville, Mo.) also performed well at his last regular season home meet as he claimed the shot put title with a throw of 17.31m 56-9 ½).

Rounding out the other top performances on the day, both the Tigers men's and women's 4x100m relays finished second at the meet to score points in the team competition. Freshman Matt Pickerel (Columbia, Mo.) placed second in the 400m dash at 49.43 while junior Ryan Blackwell (Fenton, Mo.) continued the Tigers' success on the short track as he placed second in the 400m dash at 21.89.

Kaitie Vanatta (Littleton, Colo.) was turned in a solid performance in the women's 3,000m run at 9:56.06 to win the event. Kinsey Farren (Dallas, Texas) was the Tigers' next finisher in the event at 10:05.60 to earn third place overall. Freshman Max Storms (Kansas City, Mo.) was the top runner in the men's 3,000m run as he clocked in at 8:30.51 to win his first collegiate event title.

Mizzou will head west next week as it will take part in the Oregon Pepsi Invitational in Eugene. For all the latest on Mizzou track and field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.

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