Tigers Continue Re-Writing the Record Books

Max Storms

April 23, 2012


Mt. SAC Results | Kansas Relays Results | Brian Clay Invitational Results | Long Beach Invitational Results

The University of Missouri Men's and Women's Track and Field teams continued their record setting season with competition at the Kansas Relays (Lawrence, KS), Mt San Antonio College Relays (Walnut, CA) Bryan Clay Invitational (Azusa, CA), and Long Beach Invite (Cerritos, CA). By the end of the weekend, the Tigers brought home four new school records, one meet record, and twenty-three personal best performances.

Head Track & Field Coach Brett Halter was very excited with his teams performances from the week. "A terrific weekend for our program! Numerous personal best, four school records, and a meet record - we could not have asked for more. Week to week our focus has gotten better while our efforts have increased, we will certainly hit May ready for the fun and challenges of championship season!"

The first school record of the week was an improvement by freshman Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS) on her own school record in the shot put. The Kansas native had a homecoming of sorts at the 85th Kansas Relays, not only bettering the Missouri school record, but also setting a new Relays record with her toss of 17.39 meters (57'0.75"). Peoples currently sits 5th in the NCAA following a weekend of big performances around the country. Peoples also just missed out on another school record in the discus. Her 2 nd place toss of 51.98 meters (170'6") was just 2 centimeters short of the current all-time school best.



Peoples wasn't the only Tiger lady to improve upon her record, as senior Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, MO) shattered her own school record in the 400 meter hurdles on Friday afternoon at the Mt. SAC Relays. Farmer took advantage of great weather and a fast track to run a time of 57.84, running .22 seconds faster than her previous best. Farmer now ranks 15th in the NCAA and just missed USA Olympic Trials qualifying standard of 57.80.

"I'm excited for Leslie breaking the 58 second barrier. This performance has been coming for a while. She represented Missouri Track & Field very well on the west coast," said Assistant Coach Derrick Peterson. "To go out there and dominate a very good national field shows she is rounding into championship form as planned."

Thursday night in Walnut, junior Max Storms (Kansas City, MO) added his name to the Missouri Track & Field record books by breaking the 12-year old school record of Nick Davis in the 10,000 meters. Storms raced to a time of 29:15.61, five seconds faster than the previous mark. The performance puts Storms in the top 25 in the NCAA and should be good enough to earn him a trip to Austin, TX next month for the NCAA West Preliminary Round.

Joining Storms on Friday night was distance teammate, Dan Quigley (St. Louis, MO) with his incredible performance in the 5,000 meters at Mt. SAC. The junior's time of 13:55.46 not only broke Ryan Hampton's previous mark by 10 seconds from the 2005 season, but was also the first sub-14 minute 5K in University of Missouri Track & Field history. Like his teammate, Quigley's mark will extend his season and was also just off the USA Olympic Trials "B" standard for the 5,000 meters.

"I couldn't be happier for Max and Dan. Each came into the week determined to perform at this level and took it upon them selves to get it done when the gun went off. Their record performances are a reward for the hard work each of them and their teammates put in on a daily basis. We're excited to see what the championship portion of the season holds for this group", said men's distance coach Joe Lynn.

While these 4 Tigers stood out, there were many other notable performances from Missouri Track & Field athletes over the weekend.

On the women's side at the Kansas Relays, Morgan Whitson (Moberly, MO) picked up where she left off day one of the heptathlon, finishing with a two day total of 4,887 points for a fourth place finish. Junior Cortni Ervin (Marshall, MO) had a personal best in the shot put, finishing 5th with a throw of 15.08 meters (49'5.75"). Other noteworthy performances came from Katrine Haarklau (Bergan, Norway) finishing 2nd in the pole vault with a season best and Missouri #2 all time mark of 4.00 meters (13'1.5"), Jill Rushin (Jackson, MO) in the discus with a toss of 47.54 meters 156'0"), and Kelcy Vanarsdall (Buckner, MO) finishing 4th in the heptathlon with a personal best total of 4,647 points.

Associate Head Coach Dan Lefever was very pleased with the efforts of his two heptathletes. "Morgan and Kelcy both competed tough. They fought hard in every event. We are happy with the results, but know there is more to do before the championship season."

Out in California, sophomore distance runner Kaitie Vanatta (Littleton, CO) raced to the 4 th fastest time in Missouri history in the women's 5,000 meters in a time of 16:16.52 at Mt. SAC. "Kaitie took a great step forward with this 5K performance. It's thrilling to get this one under her belt and look ahead from here," said Associate Head Coach Rebecca Wilmes.

The trend continued on the men's side as well in Kansas. Freshman javelin thrower MaCauley Garton (Shawnee, KS) had a lifetime best throw of 65.92 meters (216'3") to place 6th at Kansas. The performance is the 4th best javelin throw in Missouri history. Also throwing a lifetime best was junior Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, MO), placing 3rd with a toss of 17.84 meters (58'3.75"). Sophomore pole-vaulter Kyle Wessel (Hannibal, MO) had a career day, leaping to the 3rd best mark in Missouri history with a 5.05 meters (16'6.75") jump. Senior Kellyn Fogarty (Marshalltown, IA) continued to be steady in the 400-meter hurdles, running a season best time of 52.64 to place 5th.

To go along with the two school records the men's distance crew also had many notable performances out west, led by Kyle Rood (St. Peters, MO) with a time of 3:45.82 for 1500 meters at the Brian Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific University. Rood placed 8th in a very deep field, while freshman training partner Merid Seleshi (Ontario, Canada) placed 13 th in a time of 3:47.35. Both times broke the previous meet record. Other notable performances were turned in by sophomore Hayden Legg (Mexico, MO), who's time of 30:00.78 at the Mt. SAC Relays places him 9th all time in Missouri history in the 10,000 meters; and freshman Kenny Cushing (Wentzville, MO) running a personal best in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:50.26 at the Long Beach Invitational.

The Tigers will return to action this week, highlighted by taking part in the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, IA. Action at Drake will begin on Thursday. Missouri will also take part in meets at Emporia State and Simpson College throughout the week.

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Missouri Weekend Performances:

MT SAC Relays - Women
400m Hurdles
1stKeia PinnickSOArizona State57.34
2nd Leslie FarmerSRMissouri57.84 School Record Missouri
5000m Open
1st Anayelli Navarro CORRE A.C.15:59.18
11th Kaitie VanattaSOMissouri16:16.52 Personal Best    #4 All Time Missouri
MT SAC Relays - MEN
10,000m Olympic Development Elite
1stLaban SialoSRCMST28:57.15
5th Max StormsJRMissouri29:15.61 School Record Missouri
10,000m Open
1st Nathan Sellers Adams State29:38.77
7th Hayden LeggSOMissouri30:00.78 Personal Best    #9 All Time Missouri
5000m Open
1st David Rooney McNeese State13:53.04
2nd Dan QuigleyJRMissouri13:55.46 School Record Missouri
Azusa Pacific/Bryan Clay Invitational
1stRoss Millington Unattached3:41.17 Meet Record
8th Kyle RoodSRMissouri3:45.82 Personal Best
13th Merid SeleshiFRMissouri3:47.35 Personal Best
19th Kenny CushingFRMissouri3:52.76
Kansas Relays - Women
1st Liz Roehrig Unattached5460
3rd Morgan WhitsonFRMissouri4887 Personal Best
4th Kelcy VanarsdallJRMissouri4647 Personal Best
Hammer Throw
1st Alena KrechykJRKansas66.05216'08"
6th Cortni ErvinJRMissouri54.20m177'10"
7th Melissa CoilSRMissouri54.04m177'3"
8th Amanda PeifferSRMissouri53.84m176'8"
10th Kearsten PeoplesFRMissouri52.43m172'0"
Shot Put
1stKearsten PeoplesFRMissouri17.39m57'0.75"Meet Record/School Record Missouri
5th Cortni ErvinJRMissouri15.08m49'5.75"Personal Best
9th Jill RushinFRMissouri14.39m47'2.5"
10th Laura GreenfieldJRMissouri14.06m46'1.5"
1st Heather BergmanSRKansas49.44m162'2"
4th Hailey TwietmeyerSOMissouri45.35m148'9"
7th Bethany PfiefferSOMissouri43.36m142'3"
1st Jessica MaroszekSOKansas53.06m174'1"
2nd Kearsten PeoplesFRMissouri51.98m170'6"Personal Best    #2 All Time Missouri
6th Jill RushinFRMissouri47.54m156'0"Personal Best
Pole Vault
1stJenny SocekaUnattached4.10m13'5.25"
2ndKatrine HaarklauFRMissouri4.00m13'1.5"Personal Best    #2 All Time Missouri
5th Heather GreenJRMissouri3.90m12'9.5"
Long Jump
1stAndrea GeubelleJRKansas6.50m21'4"
8th Erika MillerSOMissouri5.72m18'9.25"Personal Best
1st Amanda Dunne Unattached4:21.68
5th Liz ReidaFRMissouri4:29.96 Personal Best
1stDanielle ChapmanSRWichita St2:07.16
5th Landon WachterSOMissouri2:11.94
1stTwishana WilliamsJRLincoln MO16:58.87
5th Maggie PriebeFRMissouri17:38.73 Personal Best
400m Hurdles
13th Sha Rone GreenlawFRMissouri1:03.63
Sprint Medley Relay
1st Iowa Central CC3:59.65
2nd Missouri (Flaker, Forte, Webb, Ross)4:05.05
Kansas Relays - Men
1st Bjorn BarreforsJRNebraska7308
5th Tim GilmanFRMissouri5986 Personal Best
6th Ser WhitakerFRMissouri5632 Personal Best
1stChris HollyUnattached57.73m189'5"
4th Brian DuncanFRMissouri56.62m185'9"
1st Jason MorganUnattached61.65m202'3"
7th Tim OpferSRMissouri51.86m 170'2"
8th Alex McDonaldSOMissouri51.21m 168'0"
Shot Put
1stMason FinleyJRKansas19.89m65'3.25"
3rd Brooks MosierJRMissouri17.84m58'3.75"Personal Best
1st Scott RussellCanada80.60m264'05"
6th MaCauley GartonFRMissouri65.92m216'3"Personal Best    #4 All Time Missouri
Pole Vault
1stRory QuillerUnattached5.25m17' 2.75"
8th Kyle Wessel SO Missouri 5.05m16'6.75"Personal Best    #3 All Time Missouri
400m Hurdles
1st Miles UkaomaSONebraska51.01
5th Kellyn Fogarty SR Missouri 52.64
1st Fernada BlakelyShocker TC46.28
7th Matt PickerelSRMissouri48.76
8th Ryan BlackwellSRMissouri49.48
Long Beach Invite - Men
1st Andrew GrahamSRAdams State3:46.02
5thMerid SeleshiFRMissouri3:47.94
15thKenny CushingFRMissouri3:50.26 Personal Best
17thKyle RoodSRMissouri3:50.95
21st Dan QuigleySRMissouri3:52.31
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