Three More Tigers Earn Spots at NCAA Championships

MUTIGERS.COM Junior Kyle Wessel broke his PR twice during today's pole vault competition
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Junior Kyle Wessel broke his PR twice during today's pole vault competition
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May 25, 2013

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Austin, Tx. - Clouds still hung over Mike A. Myers Stadium this morning as the Tigers began their final day of the NCAA West Preliminary Round.  The weather dissipated in the afternoon, however, leaving the weather clear for three more NCAA Championship qualifiers and an impressive PR performance in the pole vault by junior Kyle Wessel.

The first of today's qualifiers was senior Laura Roxberg, who took the lead early in the first heat and cruised to a 4:15.03 finish for fifth overall, third in her heat.  That time is only two seconds shy of her 4:13.53 School Record, ran earlier this season at the Drake Relays.  This will be Roxberg's second-consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championship appearance in the 1500m.

"Today was all about doing what it took to make it to Eugene - taking it out hard from the start and trying to get that time, if anything," Roxberg said. "I think at this point, staying healthy [is the main focus].  We've done all the work so fitness is there, it's just about staying healthy and being ready to race.  The fuel is in the tank."

Sophomore Kearsten Peoples was the Tigers' second athlete today to punch her ticket to the NCAA Championships.  The School Record Holder in both the shot put and discus bounced back from yesterday's rough start to place second in today's shot put competition with a top throw of 17.17m (56-4).  She will enter the Championships in Eugene, OR, ranked fourth in the event with her SEC-winning mark of 17.80m (58-4.75).

"I'm super excited.  Anytime you throw over 17-meters easily, that's just a good sign.  I delivered on my first throw and felt like that that would be good enough to go, so after that I was just trying to work on technique an see what happened," Peoples said. "Now it's just getting to Nationals and tying it all together.  [I'm] practicing in just one event now, so it's going to be awesome."

Senior Dan Quigley brought the meet home for the Tigers squad with the 5000m run, the second-to-last event of the Preliminary Round.  He tucked into the front pack from the start, moving between fifth and seventh place throughout the race before finishing out in sixth.  Quigley's 13:51.24 was enough to earn him the second-to-last spot in the Championships for the West Prelim.

Another impressive performance was at the hands of junior Kyle Wessel, who made a drastic improvement on his incoming 46th-place ranking after besting his 5.10m (16-8.75) PR by two bars.  Wessel was up and over opening height in two attempts, then made quick work of the second before up facing the first PR mark of 5.20m (17-0.75).  He wasted no time, sailing over the height on the first attempt to make PR no. 1 of the day.  Then Wessel faced the 5.30m (17-4.50) bar, missing on the first two attempts before making the mark on his final try.  Wessel finished 21st overall in the competition, moving up 25 spots from his pre-meet ranking.

Other performances for the Tigers on the final day include senior Jacob Bullinger (22nd) and sophomore Brian Duncan (27th) in the hammer throw, sophomore Macauley Garton in the javelin (13th), freshman Tony Carodine (24th) and sophomre Jonathan Ilori (27th) in the triple jump, sophomore Jill Rushin (20th) and senior Cortni Ervin (32nd) in the shot put, senior Bethany Pfeiffer (18th) and junior Hailey Twietmeyer (23rd) in the javelin, and senior Bailey Belvis (40th) in the 5000m run.

NCAA Championship Qualifiers
Name Event
Malcolm Pennix Long Jump
Markesh Woodson 100m Dash
Katrine Haarklau Javelin
Laura Roxberg 1500m Run
Kearsten Peoples Shot Put
Dan Quigley 5000m Run

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