May 30, 2014
Junior Macauley Garton
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Tigers wasted no time in stamping tickets to the NCAA Championships, as seven athletes in the black and gold finished in the top 12 of their respective events to advance out of the West Preliminary Round in Fayetteville, Ark., on Thursday. Seniors Hailey Twietmeyer and Heather Green, and juniors Katrine Haarklau, Kearsten Peoples, Jill Rushin, and Macauley Garton, and freshman Kaitlyn Fischer will all don the uniform once more in two weeks to battle it out with the nation's best.
"Jill and Kearsten quietly took care of business. Hailey started the day fighting hard through tough conditions that had many derailed," Halter said. "Katrine once again showed her tenacity, and Macauley and Heather had some big performances in the javelin and pole vault. And, once again, Kaitlyn showed her grit in the 10k."
First up for the day was Twietmeyer, who rode the qualification bubble at 11th and 12th for most of the competition before securing her spot with a final effort of 48.94m (160-7). The Missouri School Record holder in the event finished in eighth overall, and will be the first javelin woman to make it to the NCAA Championships in Missouri history.
Joining her on the runway will be Garton, who is the first male javelin thrower from Mizzou at the NCAA Championships since Gary File placed ninth in 2002. He closed out the competition in sixth with a top mark of 67.14m (220-3).
Peoples and Rushin will once again meet at the NCAA Championships in the shot put competition, as they placed third and seventh in the field, respectively. The pair, who are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the NCAA, earned All-American finishes in the event during the indoor season, with Peoples taking third and Rushin placing sixth.
The duo also dominated the indoor and outdoor Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships in the event, with Peoples taking the title during the indoor season and Rushin winning the outdoor competition two weeks ago. Both will be back for one final competition on Friday with the discus.
A pair of vaulters rounded out the qualifiers from the field events, as Haarklau and Green took sixth and tenth in the field, respectively. This will be Haarklau's third go at the NCAA Championships after qualifying in 2012 and 2013, the latest of which earned her an All-American finish and new Missouri School Record (4.35m / 14-3.25).
Green, on the other hand, will be making her NCAA Championships debut in her final season in the black and gold. She earned a new PR of 4.04m (13-3) on Thursday to punch her ticket and continues to edge toward the No. 2 spot on the All-Time Top Ten list.
Finally, the Tigers' stand-out distance freshman, Kaitlyn Fischer, finished up the day's excitement with her qualification in the 10,000-meters. Fischer has had quite the debut year at Mizzou, earning SEC Cross Country Freshman of the Year before going on to finish 79th at the NCAA Championships.
Her outdoor season began in a similar fashion as she ran the third-fastest 10,000-meter time in Mizzou history during her first race in the event, crossing in 34:08.50 at the Stanford Invitational. She also placed fourth at the SEC Championships two weeks ago, earning a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team.
Now, after Thursday's sixth-place finish (34:12.44), Fischer will have one final go at the NCAA Championships. She is the first Tiger to make it to the championship meet in the 10,000-meters since 2006, when Serena Ramsey (Burla) earned All-American status with her sixth-place finish.
"This was another day of great energy, terrific focus, and gutsy efforts for our Tigers," Head Coach Brett Halter said. "Our men and women have been invested in our process since day one, and their hard work is paying off. Just a sensationl day through and through that showed the team living up to the Tiger Tough process."
Events will continue Friday at John McDonnell Field starting at 10 a.m. with junior Brian Duncan in the men's hammer.
Also going on Friday will be sophomore Markesh Woodson, who qualified for the semi-finals of the 100-meter dash on Thursday, placing 13th in the field with a final time of 10.35. His final race of the weekend will go off at 6:30 p.m.
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THURSDAY RESULTS (Link)
Bold - PR | # - All-Time Top Ten | q - semi's qualifier | Q - NCAA Championships Finals qualifier
Women's Pole Vault - 6. Katrine Haarklau, 4.14m (13-7) Q | 10. Heather Green, 4.04m (13-3) #3 Q | 32. Maggie Givens, 3.74m (12-3.25)
Women's Long Jump - 41. Kerri Furbert, 5.58m (18-3.75)
Women's Shot Put - 3. Kearsten Peoples, 17.03m (55-10.5) Q | 7. Jill Rushin, 16.56m (54-4) Q | 30. Katie Evans, 14.86m (48-9)
Women's Javelin - 8. Hailey Twietmeyer, 48.94m (160-7) Q
Men's Javelin - 6. Macauley Garton, 67.14m (220-3) Q
Men's 100m Dash, prelim - 13. Markesh Woodson, 10.35 q
Women's 800m Run, prelim - 46. Landon Wachter, 2:14.35
Women's 1500m Run, prelim - 34. Kayla Wolf, 4:27.00
Women's 10,000m Run - 6. Kaitlyn Fischer, 34:12.44 Q
10:00 a.m. Men's Hammer (Brian Duncan)
3:00 p.m. Women's Discus (Kearsten Peoples | Jill Rushin)
6:30 p.m. Men's 100m Dash (Markesh Woodson)
8:50 p.m. Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Sam Dickerson)
9:30 p.m. Women's 3000m Steeplechase (Courtney Wood)
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