May 27, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas - Sophomore Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.) reset the school record in the 400m hurdles after clocking in at 59.02, moving her on to the quarterfinal round of the event as her performance highlighted Mizzou's first day at the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Championships on Thursday (May 27) in Austin, Texas. Farmer finished third in her heat and had the No. 14 qualifying time in the event. Her advancement in the event now gives her the chance to qualify for the second round of the NCAA Championships as she will need to place in the top 12 in tomorrow's quarterfinals, which will be held at 7:15 p.m.
Also on day one, Aaron Dixon (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa) qualified for the quarterfinals in the men's 800m run. Dixon was the highlight of the event as he ran in the fastest of six heats and clocked the third-best time in that heat at 1:48.20, a season-best by nearly two seconds. It is also the fastest time run by a Tiger in the event this season, topping Irwin's best of 1:48.40 which won him the Big 12 title two weeks ago. It was also the third-fastest qualifying time in the six preliminary heats which were comprised of 48 total athletes. Irwin was in a slightly slower heat than Dixon, but he placed second overall on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals as he was paced at 1:49.66. Both Irwin and Dixon will vie for a spot in the top 12 in the quarterfinals, which will be contested tomorrow (May 28) at 6:30 p.m.
Mizzou had several other student-athletes compete on day one of the championships. Senior Ellen Ries (Ryan, Iowa) came within just five spots of qualifying for the women's 1,500m run quarterfinal after clocking a time of 4:27.00, just off of her personal-best pace of 4:26.38. She was less than a second away from qualifying for the quarterfinals. Classmate Tim Cornell (Columbia, Mo.) ran for the Tiger men in the 1,500m run and he clocked a time of 3:50.65 as he placed 32nd overall.
Also competing on the track on Friday was junior Chris Davis
(Riverdale, Ga.) who ran in the 400m hurdles. Davis clocked in at 52.17 to finish 34th overall. He also failed to qualify for tomorrow's quarterfinals in the event. Junior Phillip King
(Columbia, Mo.) was the Tigers' final competitor on the track Thursday as he ran in the men's 10,000m run. He clocked a time of 31:39.75 to place 35th overall.
Senior Andy Oaker (Steelville, Mo.) competed in the men's shot put and turned in a top throw of 17.07m (56-0). He advanced to the finals as he ranked as one of the top 16 throwers after the first round of throws. But he failed to improve his mark in his final three attempts and he finished just three spots out of the top 12 in 15th overall.
Remaining in the field events, Asa Wyatt (Polar Bluff, Mo.) started the day for the Tigers as he placed 36th overall after tossing 56.91m (186-8). The women were also well-represented in the shot put as well as a pair of freshmen qualified for the event. Katie Evans (Powersville, Mo.) was Mizzou's top finisher in the event after throwing 14.45m (47-5), which ranked her fourth in her heat and 27th overall. Classmate Laura Greenfield (Liberty, Mo.) also threw in the shot put and she placed 33rd after measuring in at 13.83m (45-4 ½).
Tomorrow will be another busy day for the Tiger NCAA qualifiers. Aside from Farmer, Dixon and Irwin, who will all compete for a chance to move onto the second round of the championships in Eugene, but several other Tigers will compete as well. Lana Mims (Tulsa, Okla.) will compete in the 200m dash and the long jump on Friday. Evans and Megan Collins (Lee's Summit, Mo.) will compete in the women's discus and senior Angela Potrykus (Evergreen, Colo.) will run in the 3,000m steeplechase, rounding out the competitors for the Tiger women.
On the men's side, Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.) and Chris Holly (Topeka, Kan.) will make their meet debuts. Adcock will run in the first event on the track tomorrow - the 110m hurdles - while Holly will throw the hammer at 3 p.m.
For a complete recap of all the action at the first round of the NCAA Championships, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.