May 13, 2012
Columbia, MO -
Day two of the Big 12 Track & Field Championships saw many great performances for University of Missouri men's and women's Track & Field teams. In what has become a growing trend for the program this spring, a few were once again record breaking.
On her fourth throw of the shot put competition, Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS) found herself in a familiar spot with familiar results. As she has on two other occasions this spring, the freshman once again bettered the all-time Missouri mark in the shot put. Peoples shattered her own record with a toss of 17.65 meters (57'11"), breaking her previous mark by over 10 inches. The performance earned Peoples the runner-up spot in the shot put competition, finishing behind NCAA Indoor National Champion Tia Brooks of Oklahoma.
Not long after Peoples wrapped up her competition, teammate Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, MO) followed in her footsteps. Like Peoples in shot put, Farmer had broken the Missouri school record in the 400-meter hurdles on two previous occasions this season. On Saturday, she added a third time as well, with a 57.80 run. The performance earned Farmer third place in her preliminary heat and a spot in today's loaded final field. Farmer included, 5 of the 8 qualifiers in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday ran 2012 USA Olympic Trial qualifying times.
The 2012 Big 12 Track and Field Championships are being hosted by Kansas State University at the R.V. Christian Track Complex in Manhattan, Kansas. The third and final day of competition will begin Sunday at 1 p.m. with the men's pole vault and women's discus. Finals on the track will get under way at 3 p.m. with the women's 4x100 meter relay.
Saturday also featured other All-Big 12 performances from the Tigers. On the women's side, Erika Miller (Mexico, MO) leaped 5.66 meters (18'7") to earn 6th place in the long jump. In the pole vault, junior Heather Green (Jefferson City, MO) jumped a personal best of 3.98 meters (13'0.75") to place 5th for Missouri.
Two Tiger men came up with season best performances, which garnered them All-Big 12 honors. Junior Malcom Pennix (South Bend, IN) placed third with a lifetime best jump of 7.82 meters (25'8"). Pennix's performance places him in the top 10 nationally in the long jump. Joining Pennix was fellow junior Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, MO) with a 6th place throw in the shot put. Mosier's toss of 17.96 meters (58'11.25") is an outdoor lifetime best.
Earning spots in Sunday's finals through preliminary rounds on Saturday were Farmer in the women's 400-meter hurdles, Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, KS) in the 1500, Ricky West (Scarborough, Ontario) in the men's 800, and Kellyn Fogarty (Marshalltown, IA) in the men's 400-meter hurdles.
Full results and a recap from Manhattan can be found on mutigers.com upon the conclusion of the meet.
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