April 30, 2011
Des Moines, Iowa - The University of Missouri men's and women's track teams had an impressive second day at the Drake Relays at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University. The Tigers brought home many top-ten performances in one of the most competitive track and field meets in the Midwest.
Leading the day for the Tigers was senior Aaron Dixon who had two stellar performances. The day started for Dixon and three fellow teammates in the sprint medley relay. Dixon, along with fellow seniors Mark Hughes (Center, Mo.) and Chris Davis (Riverdale, Ga.) and freshman Tre Chambers (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took a very impressive second-place finish overall with a time of 3:18.40. Not finished, Dixon stepped back on the track later in the day to nab a season's best time of 1:49.46 in the 800-meter run.
In the field events for the day, senior Chris Holly (Topeka, Kan.) led the men with a top-ten finish in the hammer throw with a throw of 63.32m (207-09). The throw was a massive personal record for Holly. Also competing in that event for the Tigers was sophomore Jacob Bullinger (Jackson, Mo.) throwing 51.65m (169-05). Sophomore Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, Mo.) also had a top ten finish in the discus with a throw of 49.78m (163-04).
The women were also led by a very impressive team effort in the sprint medley relay. Juniors Sierra Gant (Wichita, Kan.), Layne Moore (Emporia, Kan.) and Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.) and freshman Lauren Flaker (Columbia, Mo.) took sixth overall with a time of 3:55.81. Farmer also competed in the 400 hurdles clocking in at 1:00.22. Fresh off her performance in the women's 4x800 relay yesterday, sophomore Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, Kan.) also had a top-ten in the 1,500 run with a time of 4:25.47 - good for a personal record.
The Tigers will take a weekend off and then travel to Norman, Okla. the following weekend to compete in the Big 12 Championships