Winning Performances Highlight Tom Botts Invitational



May 3, 2014

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Junior Jill Rushin

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Track & field closed their regular season competition on Saturday night as they took on the Wisconsin Badgers at home in the Tom Botts Invitational.  Both teams performed well to defend their home track, earning 20 event wins, 15 personal records (PR's), three new All-Time Top Ten marks, and the current No. 2 shot put performance in the NCAA by junior Jill Rushin.

The Tiger women, who entered the weekend ranked No. 13 in the nation by the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association), bested the Badgers in the team competition with 99-points.  Both men's teams were tied entering the final event of the day, the 4x400-meter relay, when the No. 18 Badgers pulled away for the win with 92-points.  

Tigers' junior Kearsten Peoples was recognized as the Tom Botts Women's Outstanding Performer after her wins in the shot put, discus, and hammer.  Wisconsin senior Japtheth Cato was the Tom Botts Men's Outstanding Performer with his pair of wins in the pole vault and long jump.

“We have a lot of respect for the Wisconsin program.  Historically, they’ve been terrific, and they are terrific again this year,” Head Coach Brett Halter said. “Their men are a top 15 team and we took them down to the wire, and I think our women really demonstrated why they are a top 15 team.  Individually across the board in all the different event areas we are exactly where we want to be heading into post-season.  We’re sharpening the saw right now and I think everyone feels like we’re in the right spot, it’s a good feeling."

The Tigers also used the occasion to honor the 12 members of the 2014 Senior Class, which boasts an impressive resume including two Missouri School Records, 13 All-Time Top Ten marks, and 12 NCAA Championships qualifiers in cross country and track. 

Tre Chambers, Sprints
Emilee Dailey, Jumps
Katie Evans, Throws
Heather Green, Jumps
Sandra Hampton, Throws
Jon Hughes, Mid-Distance
Hayden Legg, Distance
Marie O'Leary, Distance
Shinelle Proctor, Jumps
Alison Ross, Mid-Distance 
Max Storms, Distance
Hailey Twietmeyer, Throws 

Juniors Kearsten Peoples and Jill Rushin, and senior Katie Evans, swept the shot put and discus competitions, with Peoples and Evans returning for one final go in the hammer to place first and fourth, respectively.  

“The women [in the shot put] are doing a terrific job working the process.  We’re not chasing those marks, we’re chasing those positions and our technique, and really settling in to develop those averages.  That’s a really big deal heading into the Championship segment of the year to know that you can replicate what you’ve been doing,” Halter said.

Rushin hit yet another PR in the shot put competition, finishing as runner-up with a best toss of 17.62m (57-9.75).  This moves her up in the current national rankings and she now sits just behind Peoples with the No. 2 mark in the NCAA thus far this season.  This is Rushin's third PR event this season, and she maintains her spot at No. 2 in the Mizzou Record Books for the event.

Another PR out of the throws was from senior Camille Hackamack, who hit her fifth career-best mark of her six meets this season in the hammer throw.  She finished third in the field with a best mark of 52.34m (171-8.5).

In the running events, sophomore Drake Stuedemann continued gaining ground on the All-Time Top Ten field in the 400-meter hurdles, winning the event with a PR of 52.33 to maintain his spot at No. 9 in the Mizzou Record Books.

The men's and women's mid-distance events saw some exciting performances, starting with freshman Evan Chiplock's first-place finish in the 1500-meter run.  Primarily a distance runner, Chiplock clocked in a PR time of 3:51.63 to lead the field.

The men's 800-meter run boasted three PR marks out of the six Tigers in the competition, with freshman Ben Goodman leading the way with his best time of 1:52.82.  Fellow-freshman Cain Winebrenner closed just behind in 1:53.12 for second and a PR.  

Freshman Grant Inskeep timed in the third PR in the field with his 1:56.39, while classmates Cody Johnson and Adam Desplinter both finished within a second of their bests.

Fellow-freshman Kayla Wolf also saw a win and new PR in the women's 800-meter run, gapping the field with 75-meters left in the race to cross in 2:11.01.

The trio of sophomores Markesh Woodson, Chelsie Stevens, and Jacqueline Obi all took home wins in the sprints.  Woodson and Stevens both claimed the 100-meter dash titles, with Stevens crossig in a new PR of 12.07.  Obi was just off of her 200-meter dash PR with her winning effort of 24.34.

The women's 4x100-meter relay team also had an exciting season debut, overcoming the Badgers to win with a final time of 46.52.  The team of Chelsie Stevens, Kerri Furbert, Lynnsey Brim, and Jacqueline Obi now sit at the No. 8 spot in the Mizzou Record Books for the event.

Mizzou now looks to a weekend off before they take on the Southeastern Conference Championships in Lexington, Ky., on May 15th - 18th.  For the latest on your Tigers, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.


Women's Pole Vault -  1. Katrine Haarklau, 4.00m (13-1.5) | 2. Maggie Givens, 3.85m (12-7.5) | 4. Heather Green, 3.70m (12-1.5)
Men's Pole Vault -  3. Parker Brush, 4.52m (14-10)
Women's High Jump -  1. Camille Hayes, 1.76m (5-9.25) | 2. Shinelle Proctor, 1.65m (5-5) | 3. Emilee Dailey, 1.65m (5-5)
Men's High Jump -  1. Mitch Hatten, 2.03m (6-8) | 2. Tyler Donels, 1.93m (6-4)
Women's Long Jump -  1. Lynnsey Brim, 5.79m (19-00) | 2. Morgan Whitson, 5.65m (18-6.5) | 3. Kerri Furbert, 5.65m (18-6.5)
Men's Long Jump -  2. Tony Carodine, 6.86m (22-6) | 3. Ser Whitaker, 6.86m (22-6)
Men's Triple Jump -  1. Tony Carodine, 14.70m (48-2.75) | 2. Jamion Nash, 14.50m (47-6.75)
Women's Shot Put -  1. Kearsten Peoples, 17.89m (58-8.25) | 2. Jill Rushin, 17.62m (57-9.75) #2 | 3. Katie Evans, 15.17m (49-9.25) 
Men's Shot Put -  2. Nick Sublett, 15.45m (50-8.25) | 4. Tanner Buschmann, 13.48m (44-2.75)
Women's Discus -  1. Kearsten Peoples, 54.05m (177-4) | 2. Jill Rushin, 51.01m (167-4.25) | 3. Katie Evans, 46.62m (152-11.25)
Men's Discus -  3. Tanner Buschmann, 49.16m (161-3.5) | 5. Brian Duncan, 48.74m (159-10.75) | 7. Ser Whitaker, 35.02m (114-10.75)
Women's Hammer -  1. Kearsten Peoples, 57.78m (189-6.75) | 3. Camille Hackamack, 52.34m (171-8.5) | 4. Katie Evans, 45.97m (150-9.75) 
Men's Hammer -  2. Brian Duncan, 56.55m (185-6.25) | 4. Nick Sublett, 51.13m (167-9) | 5. Ahren Bohanan, 50.92m (167-0.75)
Women's Javelin -  1. Hailey Twietmeyer, 47.16m (154-8.5) | 3. Sandra Hampton, 40.42m (132-7.25) | 5. Morgan Whitson, 36.52m (119-9.75) | 7. Jennifer Berilla, 34.51m (113-2.5)
Men's Javelin -  1. Macauley Garton, 67.00m (219-9.75) 


Women's 100m Dash -  1. Chelsie Stevens, 12.07 | 2. Lynnsey Brim, 12.15
Men's 100m Dash -  1. Markesh Woodson, 10:41 | 4. Ser Whitaker, 11.03
Women's 200m Dash -  1. Jacqueline Obi, 24.34 | 3. Chelsie Stevens, 24.77 | 6. Kerri Furbert, 25.61 | 7. Morgan Whitson, 27.14 
Men's 200m Dash -  7. Drake Stuedemann, 22.71
Women's 400m Dash -  2. Sydney Wells, 57.64
Men's 400m Dash -  4. Jerrad Mason, 47.70
Women's 800m Run -  1. Kayla Wolf, 2:11.01
Men's 800m Run -  1. Ben Goodman, 1:52.82 | 2. Cain Winebrenner, 1:53.12 | 5. Cody Johnson, 1:53.97 | 7. Grant Inskeep, 1:56.37 | 8. Adam Desplinter, 1:57.68 | 10. Will Crocker, 2:01.58
Women's 1500m Run -  6. Becca Batliner, 5:00.87 | 7. Brianna Westervelt, 5:02.18
Men's 1500m Run -  1. Evan Chiplock, 3:51.63 | 3. Chandler Dye, 3:55.60 | 4. Kenny Cushing, 4:03.30 | 5. Tyler Schneider, 4:03.67 | 6. Jordan Cook, 4:05.77 | 7. Tyler Rusboldt, 4:16.11
Women's 5000m Run -  3. Courtney Brown, 17:38.10 | 4. Sam Garrett, 17:43.41 | 5. Kaelyn Balch, 17:45.34 | 6. Megan Cunningham, 17:59.15 | 7. Brooke Wolfe, 18:27.43 | 8. Marie O'Leary, 18:39.90
Men's 110m Hurdles -  1. Kyle Smith, 14.44 | 3. Ser Whitaker, 15.09
Men's 400m Hurdles -  1. Drake Stuedemann, 52.33 #9
Men's 3000m Steeplechase -  1. Tim Johnson, 9:19.54 | 2. Tom Rotondi, 9:41.08 | 3. Chris Spudic, 9:51.77
Women's 4x100m Relay -  1. (Chelsie Stevens, Kerri Furbert, Lynnsey Brim, Jacqueline Obi), 46.52
Men's 4x100m Relay -  2. (Markesh Woodson, Kyle Smith, Nadum Member-Meneh, Jerrad Mason), 41.73
Women's 4x400m Relay -  2. (Sydney Wells, Jacqueline Obi, Chelsie Stevens, Becca Batliner), 4:14.39
Men's 4x400m Relay -  3. (Jerrad Mason, Kyle Smith, Ben Goodman, Cain Winebrenner), 3:21.78


1. Wisconsin - 92 points
2. Missouri - 90 points


1. Missouri - 99 points
2. Wisconsin - 79 points 



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