May 16, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Tigers closed day two of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships on Friday with some impressive performances, including a fourth-place finish by freshman Kaitlyn Fischer in the 10,000-meter run.
"Obviously a fantastic race by Kaitlyn; a very mature race, smart, and just a huge effort," Head Coach Brett Halter said.
It was a conservative start to the 10k, with the field holding together until just after the mile when Fischer took control of the pace and broke away from the pack. She maintained the lead throughout the majority of the race, battling it out with the leaders before finishing fourth with a final time of 34:13.41.
"Kaitlyn took a really bold, gutsy move. But it was a move that she needed to make. We knew there were going to be a lot of great people in that race, and Kaitlyn knew there was going to be a moment when she needed to make the decision to go," Assistant Coach Shaylee Marr said. "This puts her in a great position [heading into NCAA Round One]. She knows what she can do and that she's able to run with those girls out front."
The day started, however, with the conclusion of the heptathlon and decathlon competitions. Junior Morgan Whitson closed out her heptathlon first with her final three events, and walked away with a total of 4,869 points and an 11th-place finish.
Junior Ser Whitaker completed his two-day, ten-event, competition with a PR in the 1500-meter run, closing the competition in 4:51.57. He ended up in ninth overall with a final tally of 6,762 points.
Junior Brian Duncan was the first point-scorer for the men, placing eighth in the hammer throw with a top throw of 61.19m (200-9), just off of his season's best.
"Big effort from Brian Duncan in the hammer. He's been fighting hard all year so it's nice to see that pay off for him," Halter said.
Friday also saw the start of the running events, beginning with the men's and women's 800-meter runs. Junior Landon Wachter and senior Alison Ross were up first, finishing 11th and 13th, respectively, in the field. Freshman T.J. Carey took to the line next, finishing just shy of his PR in 1:51.89.
The men's 10,000-meter runs closed out the day at the Kentucky Track & Field Complex with another point-scorer for the Tigers from senior Hayden Legg. Legg had a strong second half, moving up the line to cross in seventh overall with a final time of 30:18.68. Just behind him was freshman Drew White, who made his 10,000-meter debut at the Championships, crossing in tenth with a final time of 30:48.44.
"It was great to see Hayden finish on a high note here as a senior. He just missed putting points up last year at home; and had a tough race tonight, really fought hard, and took it to the wire," Halter said.
Events will be in full swing on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. with the women's long jump and women's javelin, which will feature Missouri School Record Holder senior Hailey Twietmeyer.
Junior Kearsten Peoples will be back in the ring after Thursday's hammer throw in the shot put, joining teammates junior Jill Rushin and senior Katie Evans. Peoples enters the meet the two-time defending champion in the event and the current national leader, just ahead of Rushin who sits at No. 2 in the NCAA.
The women's pole vault will also feature a Mizzou School Record holder, with junior Katrine Haarklau returning to the event after her All-SEC finish at last year's outdoor Championships. She will be joined on the runway by freshman Alyssa Applebee, junior Maggie Givens, and senior Heather Green.
Track events will start at 3:45 p.m. ET with the women's 1500-meter run, where freshman Kayla Wolf will make her SEC Track & Field Championships debut in an individual event. She was a member of the fifth-place DMR team from the indoor Championships.
Also taking to the track will be sophomore Markesh Woodson, who looks to repeat his All-SEC performance from last year as he hits the blocks for the 100-meter dash.
The men's and women's 3000-meter Steeplechase will feature a pair of Mizzou All-Time Top Ten performers in sophomore Sam Dickerson and junior Courtney Wood. Dickerson ran his PR of 8:51.74 at the Crimson Tide Invitational earlier this season, and currently owns the No. 5 spot in Missouri's history books. Wood also ran her PR at the Crimson Tide Invitational where she landed at No. 2 in Mizzou history with a final time of 10:28.20.
"We can't control what lies ahead, we can only control what we can do and that's give our best efforts," Halter said. "We've been doing that all year so that's certainly what we anticipate for the next two days. Just like we've seen in the first two days."
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ESPNU will air a two-hour highlight show on Thursday, May 22 starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Decathlon - 9. Ser Whitaker, 6,762 points
110m Hurdles: 2. Whitaker, 14.75
Discus: 12. Whitaker, 32.88m (107-10)
Pole Vault: 11. Whitaker, 4.00m (13-1.5)
Javelin: 13. Whitaker, 39.59m (129-10)
1500m Run: 8. Whitaker, 4:51.57
Heptathlon - 11. Morgan Whitson, 4869 points
Long Jump: 8. Whitson, 5.45m (17-10.75)w
Javelin: 3. Whitson, 34.50m (113-2)
800m Run: 11. Whitson, 2:34.99
Men's Hammer - 8. Brian Duncan, 61.19m (200-9)
Women's 800m Run - 11. Landon Wachter, 2:10.35 | 13. Alison Ross, 2:12.11
Men's 800m Run - 19. T.J. Carey, 1:51.89
Women's 200m Dash - 24. Jacqueline Obi, 24.59
Men's 400m Hurdles - 15. Drake Stuedemann, 56.08
Women's 10,000m Run - 4. Kaitlyn Fischer, 34:13.41
Men's 10,000m Run - 7. Hayden Legg, 30:19.68 | 10. Drew White, 30:48.44
RESULTS - THURSDAY
Heptathlon - 10. Morgan Whitson, 2989 points
100m Hurdles: 10. Whitson, 15.26
High Jump: 6. Whitson, 1.66m (5-5.250
Shot Put: 6. Whitson, 12.22m (40-1.25)
200m Dash: 12. Whitson, 27.16
Decathlon - 5. Ser Whitaker, 3699 points
100m Dash: 2. Whitaker, 11.07
Long Jump: 8. Whitaker, 6.67m (21-10.75)
Shot Put: 8. Whitaker, 11.77m (38-7.5)
High Jump: 5. Whitaker, 1.93m (6-4)
400m Dash: 6. Whitaker, 50.63
SATURDAY SCHEDULE - FIELD EVENTS
1:00 p.m. - Women's Long Jump (Lynnsey Brim | Kerri Furbert)
1:00 p.m. - Women's Javelin (Sandra Hampton | Hailey Twietmeyer)
3:00 p.m. - Women's High Jump (Camille Hayes | Shinelle Proctor | Morgan Whitson)
3:00 p.m. - Women's Shot Put (Katie Evans | Kearsten Peoples | Jill Rushin)
4:00 p.m. - Men's Long Jump (Tony Carodine)
4:30 p.m. - Women's Pole Vault (Alyssa Applebee | Maggie Givens | Heather Green | Katrine Haarklau)
4:30 p.m. - Men's Discus (Tanner Buschmann)
SATURDAY SCHEDULE - TRACK EVENTS
3:45 p.m. - Women's 1500m Run, prelim (Kayla Wolf)
4:00 p.m. - Men's 1500m Run, prelim (Will Crocker | Kenny Cushing | Chandler Dye)
4:40 p.m. - Men's 110m Hurdles, prelim (Kyle Smith)
5:20 p.m. - Men's 400m Dash, prelim (Jerrad Mason | Nadum Member-Meneh)
5:55 p.m. - Men's 100m Dash, prelim (Markesh Woodson)
6:20 p.m. - Women's 3000m Steeplechase (Teylar Adelsberger | Courtney Wood)
6:40 p.m. - Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Sam Dickerson | Tim Johnson)
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