June 14, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - The Tigers closed out the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, adding another three All-American finishers to make for a total of seven out of the ten qualifiers. With nine points, the women placed 30th overall for the highest team finish since they took 21st in 1989.
Junior Macauley Garton got the day going for the Tigers with the day's first All-American performance. He closed his season with an eighth-place finish in the javelin, hitting a top mark of 68.78m (225-8).
Next up on the podium was junior Kearsten Peoples, who took third in the women's shot put with a best toss of 17.47m (57-3.75). This is Peoples' second third-place finish at the NCAA Championships this year after she made the podium during the indoor season in the shot put.
Also earning All-American honors were a pair of Second Team finishers - juniors Morgan Whitson and Jill Rushin. Whitson marked in just under her personal record (PR) in the high jump with a final bar of 1.77m (5-9.75) for 16th overall.
Rushin took 12th in the shot put competition with a top toss of 16.38m (53-9) to earn a Second Team honor. She will join teammate Peoples at the U.S. Championships in two weeks.
Thus rounds out an exciting weekend for the Tigers at the Historic Hayward Field, which included an All-American finish from junior Katrine Haarklau in the pole vault (sixth), and a new Missouri School Record from freshman Kaitlyn Fischer in the women's 10,000-meter run. Fischer earned her career first Second Team All-American honor with a ninth-place finish in the event. Joining her on the Second Team honoree list was senior Hailey Twietmeyer in the javelin (15th).
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Women's Javelin - 15. Hailey Twietmeyer, 47.66m (156-4)
Women's 10,000m Run - 9. Kaitlyn Fischer, 33:12.37 SR
Women's Pole Vault - 6. Katrine Haarklau, 4.20m (139.25) | Heather Green, NH
Women's High Jump - 16. Morgan Whitson, 1.77m (5-9.75) | Shinelle Proctor, NH
Men's Triple Jump - 19. Jonathan Ilori, 15.58m (51-1.5) (w)
Women's Shot Put - 3. Kearsten Peoples, 17.47m (57-3.75) | 12. Jill Rushin, 16.38m (53-9)
Men's Javelin - 8. Macauley Garton, 68.78m (225-8)
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