Jill Rushin with Nation-Leading Mark to Close Missouri Relays



April 13, 2014

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Junior Jill Rushin was among the nine Tigers who defended their home track with gusto on Saturday night during the Missouri Relays, after she placed first in the women's shot put with a nation-leading mark in the current NCAA rankings.  The team finished with a total of 17 personal record (PR) performances, four new Missouri Relays Meet Records, and five new All-Time Top Ten marks, including a new Missouri School Record in the women's javelin at the hands of senior Hailey Twietmeyer.

"I thought we had some very significant individual breakthroughs today, where more people answered the call and contributed to the development of our team and the program," Head Coach Brett Halter said. "A lot of people stepped forward and took advantage of an excellent opportunity with great competition and weather conditions."

Rushin got things going for the Tigers with the women's shot put, throwing three PR marks during her six attempts to win the event with a final toss of 17.45m (57-3).  She closed her day with another win in the discus, throwing a PR of 52.49m (172-2).  Both of these marks move her into the No. 2 spot on the Missouri All-Time Top Ten list for each event.  She also broke the Missouri Relays Record in the shot put, surpassing the two-year-old mark from teammate Kearsten Peoples.

"Today was a great day, beautiful weather," Rushin said. "Although my body didn't feel its best, I just tried to stay relaxed and trust the technique in both events.  It worked out well, and there is more to come."

This is only Rushin's second meet weekend of the outdoor season after she won both the shot put and discus at the prestigious Texas Relays two weeks ago.  She now sits atop the current NCAA rankings for the shot put, leading the rest of the field by two-inches.  This is the second time this year that a Tiger has led the nation in an event after Peoples did a stint at the top of the shot put rankings during the indoor season.

"I'm proud of Jill's effort in the shot put," Halter said. "That's something that we've talked about now for several months, and it was really exciting to see her hit that mark and get the breakthrough we've been waiting for."

The other big mark out of the throws events came later in the evening with Twietmeyer's historical performance in the women's javelin, which earned her both the Missouri School Record, as well as the Missouri Relays Meet Record which has held since 2007.

"Hailey's been trying to get that School Record for a couple of years now," Halter said. "We've been watching her raise her averages over the last several meets and she finally caught the one she's been looking for."

Twietmeyer entered the weekend ranked No. 2 in Mizzou history, just behind teammate Katrine Haarklau who took down the previous record with her Drake Relays performance last year.  Twietmeyer gained ground on the 49.56m (162-7) record during the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos, Tx., two weeks ago when she won the event with a PR throw of 49.28m (161-8).  She eclipsed the year-old record on her final throw on Saturday, marking in at 51.17m (167-10.5).  She now sits at No. 12 in the NCAA, No. 6 in the West Region, according to the most recent rankings.

"It has been a long-term goal for me to throw 50-meters, and I have been constantly close to that these past two meets," Twietmeyer said. "I came in [today] with confidence that I could throw 50-meters, and I not only accomplished that, but hit 51-meters!  So I'm feeling really happy right now." 

Senior Heather Green hit the third Missouri Relays Meet Record performance of the day, winning the women's pole vault with a final bar of 4.00m (13-1.5) to take down the previous top mark of 3.97m (13-4), held by Jennifer Bennett since 2003.  The mark was good for a new PR for Green, who will maintain her No. 3 position in the Mizzou Record Books, and move into the No. 18 spot in the NCAA Rankings.  

Joining her in the national rankings is junior Katrine Haarklau, who also hit a final bar of 4.00m (13-1.5) to surpass the previous meet record and move into No. 18 for the NCAA.

Rounding out the day's Meet Record performers was junior Jonathan Ilori, who had one of the most memorable days of his career in the triple jump competition.  He came out of the day with a huge mark of 16.10m (52-10) which, due to the above-legal wind (4.1 m/s), does not qualify as a record performance.  However, his second-best jump of the day, 15.70m (51-6), was wind-legal and still gets him both a PR and new meet record in the event.  

This is Ilori's second PR in the triple jump this season after he hit a new best of 15.41m (50-6.75) at the Texas Relays two weeks ago.  He now moves up another notch on the Missouri All-Time Top Ten list for the event, going from No. 5 to No. 4.  The mark also pulls him into the top ten of the current NCAA rankings.

"I'm so happy with the performance," Ilori said. "To jump 16.10m from a short approach is incredible, I really can't believe it.  But I have been working hard the past month, and it's going to be exciting to see what I can jump from a full approach!"

Also hitting a big PR in the jumps was sophomore Kerri Furbert, who won the women's long jump with a wind-aided mark of 6.05m (19-10.25).  Although the 3.2 m/s (meters/second) is too much to make a change on the record board, it does fall within the 4.0 m/s requirement for the NCAA Championships qualifying, putting her at No. 16 in the West Region.  Like Ilori, though, she still hit a wind-legal PR of 5.78m (18-11.5) to edge her closer to breaking into the Missouri All-Time Top Ten.

"Like with Jill, Kerri's performance is something we've been waiting for, and I'm really proud and really excited to see her break through like that and have all her hard work pay off," Halter said.

The Tigers have another busy week ahead of them as they split between the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and the Gateway Invitational in Edwardsville, Ill.  For the latest on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.

Bold - Personal Record | MR - Meet Record | # - All-Time Top Ten | SR - School Record

Men's Pole Vault - 5. Tim Gilman, 4.45m (14-7.25)
Women's Pole Vault 
- 1. Heather Green, 4.00m (13-1.5) MR #3 |  2. Katrine Haarklau, 4.00m (13-1.5) MR | 3. Maggie Givens, 3.85m (12-7.5) | 4. Alyssa Applebee, 3.70m (12-1.5)
Men's High Jump - 2. Tyler Donels, 2.10m (6-10.75) | 4. Mitch Hatten, 2.05m (6-8.75)
Women's High Jump - 2. Shinelle Proctor, 1.77m (5-9.75) | 3. Camille Hayes, 1.69m (5-6.5) | 4. Emilee Dailey, 1.64m (5-4.5)
Women's Long Jump - 1. Kerri Furbert, 6.05m (19-10.25) (w) (wind-legal: 5.78m / 18-11.5) | 5. Lynnsey Brim, 5.65m (18-6.5) (w)
Men's Triple Jump -  1. Jonathan Ilori, 16.10m (52-10) (w) (wind-legal: 15.70m / 51-6) MR #4 | 2. Tony Carodine, 15.14m (49-8.25) w | 3. Jamion Nash, 14.65m (48-0.75) (w) 
Women's Shot Put - 1. Jill Rushin, 17.45m (57-3) MR #2 | 2. Kearsten Peoples, 16.86m (55-3.75) | 10. Morgan Whitson, 12.19m (40-0)
Men's Discus - 2. Tanner Buschmann, 49.20m (161-5)
Women's Discus - 1. Jill Rushin, 52.49m (172-2) #2 | 2. Katie Evans, 49.59m (162-8) 
Men's Hammer - 1. Brian Duncan, 61.42m (201-6) | 2. Nick Sublett, 53.39m (175-2) | 3. Ahren Bohanan, 53.09m (174-2) | 8. Tanner Buschmann, 45.60m (149-7)
Women's Hammer - 2. Kearsten Peoples, 60.37m (198-1) | 4. Camille Hackamack, 50.47m (165-7)
Men's Javelin - 1. Macauley Garton, 68.40m (224-5) | 5. Tim Gilman, 52.76m (173-1)
Women's Javelin - 1. Hailey Twietmeyer, 51.17m (167-10.5) MR SR | 3. Sandra Hampton, 38.40m (125-11.75) | 5. Morgan Whitson, 36.26m (118-11.5) | 7. Jennifer Berilla, 33.34m (109-4.5) 

Bold - Personal Record | MR - Meet Record | # - All-Time Top Ten | SR - School Record 

Men's 100m Dash - 8. Jonathan Ilori, 10.78 (w)
Women's 100m Dash -
4. Chelsie Stevens, 11.93 (w) | 5. Lynnsey Brim, 11.96 (w)
Men's 200m Dash - 8. Jerrad Mason, 21.72 (w) | 29. Kyle Smith, 23.76 (w) 
Women's 200m Dash - 3.  Jacqueline Obi, 24.18 (w) | 8. Chelsie Stevens, 24.71 (w) | 10. Kerri Furbert, 25.08 (w) | 13. Lynnsey Brim, 25.44 (w) | 20. Sydney Wells, 25.79 (w) | 27. Morgan Whitson, 27.15 (w)
Men's 400m Dash - 3. Jerrad Mason, 48.62 
Women's 400m Dash -
8. Jacqueline Obi, 57.25 | 9. Sydney Wells, 57.29 | 11. Ayo Adewole, 58.61
Men's 800m Run - 3. Cody Johnson, 1:56.38 | 7. Cain Winebrenner, 1:57.87 | 10. Grant Inskeep, 1:59.02 | 12. Adam Desplinter, 2:00.07 | 16. Ben Goodman, 2:01.56
Women's 800m Run - 10. Kayla Hall, 2:25.83
Women's 1500m Run - 7. Becca Batliner, 4:59.05
Women's 3000m Run - 1. Courtney Brown, 10:41.74 | 3. Marie O'Leary, 10:53.50 | 4. Brianna Westervelt, 10:59.96

Men's 110m Hurdles - 3. Kyle Smith, 14.37 (w)
Men's 400m Hurdles - 2. Drake Stuedemann, 53.13
Men's 3000m Steeplechase - 2. Tim Johnson, 9:37.34 | 3. Chris Spudic, 9:49.35 | 5. Tom Rotondi, 10:00.33 | 9. Tyler Rusboldt, 10:27.21
Men's 4x400m Relay - 4. (Stuedemann, Mason, Woodson, Smith), 3:19.40 



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