April 16, 2014
Junior Ser Whitaker | Photo by Jeff Curry
AZUSA, Calif. - The women's heptathlon and men's decathlon got the week underway for the Tigers out in California on Wednesday, as juniors Morgan Whitson and Ser Whitaker took on the first part of their two-day competition at the California Invitational/Mt. SAC Combined Events.
Whitson was the first up of the pair on Wednesday with her first four competitions of the California Invitational Combined Events. She closed out day one in eighth overall out of the field of 49 with a score of 3,051 points. Pushing her into the top portion of the field were two exciting performances in the high jump and shot put in which she placed second and fourth, respectively.
Whitson will continue into Thursday with the long jump, javelin, and 800-meter run to close out the seven-event contest.
Whitaker also holds a top ten spot in his field at the Mt. SAC Combined Events competition after his first day of the decathlon, emerging in sixth with a point tally of 3,784. En route to this day one finish was a PR performance in the long jump, where he placed ninth with a top mark of 6.92m (22-8.25).
Whitaker, who holds the No. 7 spot on Missouri's All-Time Top Ten list for the decathlon after his 7,047-point performance at the 2013 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships, will continue Thursday with the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1500-meter run.
COMBINED EVENTS RESULTS - DAY ONE
Morgan Whitson, Heptathlon - 8th | 3,051 points
200m Dash - 37th | 27.19
100m Hurdles - 26th | 15.57
High Jump - 2nd | 1.75m (5-8.75)
Shot Put - 4th | 12.15m (39-10.25)
Ser Whitaker, Decathlon - 6th | 3,784 points
100m Dash - 5th | 11.04
400m Dash - 4th | 50.31
High Jump - 9th | 1.87m (6-1.5)
Long Jump - 9th | 6.92m (22-8.25) PR
Shot Put - 11th | 12.71m (41-8.25)
COMBINED EVENTS SCHEDULE - DAY TWO (all times are in PST)
Morgan Whitson, Heptathlon (California Invitational)
11:30 a.m. Long Jump
1:00 p.m. Javelin
3:00 p.m. 800m Run
Ser Whitaker, Decathlon (Mt. SAC Combined Events)
12:30 p.m. 110m Hurdles
1:15 p.m. Discus
3:30 p.m. Pole Vault
6:00 p.m. Javelin
7:15 p.m. 1500m Run
Also taking to the track starting Thursday will be an exciting group of mid-distance and distance runners who will don the black and gold for one of the country's most elite meet weekends during the outdoor season. The squad of 13 men and 11 women will split their time between the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and the Beach Invitational and Bryan Clay Invitational in Norwalk and Azusa, respectively.
Included in the group are several members of the Missouri Record Books, including senior Hayden Legg, who will see the second competition of his final season in the black and gold this week. Legg currently holds the No. 9 spot on the All-Time Top Ten list for the 10,000-meter run with his PR mark of 29:42.49 from the 2013 Stanford Invitational.
Also present on the men's All-Time Top Ten list is sophomore Sam Dickerson, who debuted his outdoor season with a new PR and first-place finish in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase at the Crimson Tide Invitational. Dickerson currently holds the No. 6 spot in the record books with his 8:51.74 finish.
On the women's side, freshman Kaitlyn Fischer and junior Courtney Wood will both make their first appearances after their record book performances in the 10,000-meter run and 3,000-meter Steeplechase, respectively. Wood earned a 24-second PR in the Steeplechase at the Crimson Tide Invitational to move up into the No. 2 spot in the All-Time Top Ten list, while Fischer made her 10,000-meter debut with an impressive 34:08.50 to land at No. 3.
CALIFORNIA COMPETITION ROSTER - MEN
T.J. Carey, FR
Evan Chiplock, FR
Will Crocker, SO
Kenny Cushing, JR
Sam Dickerson, SO
Chandler Dye, SO
Shannon Hall, FR
Cody Johnson, FR
Hayden Legg, SR
Joe McKenna, FR
Dan Roe, FR
Tyler Schneider, FR
Drew White, FR
CALIFORNIA COMPETITION ROSTER - WOMEN
Another squad will see competition closer to home this weekend as a contingent prepares for SIUE's Gateway Invitational on Saturday. For the latest on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.
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