June 20, 2013
Des Moines, Ia. - Eight Tigers kicked off the USATF Championships today at Drake Stadium, and will bring home some hardware after a third place finish in the Junior Long Jump by freshman Tony Carodine. Joining Carodine in the day's competition were fellow-freshman Tyler Rusboldt, Shannon Hall, Markesh Woodson, Dan Roe, Evan Chiplock, Jordan Cook, and senior Laura Roxberg.
Carodine got some positive momentum going early with his spot on the podium after his fifth attempt mark of 15.61m (51-2.75)*. He hit a wind-legal outdoor best mark on his sixth and final jump of the day, with a 15.31m (50-2.75), just missing an overall PR by 0.5 inches.
Next up for Mizzou was the Junior Men's 3k Steeplechase with Rusboldt and Hall both donning the Tiger gold. Hall just missed out on All-American status with his ninth-place finish, crossing in 9:46.39, Rusboldt finished 17th overall.
Laura Roxberg was up next as she finished out her Tiger career with one final go at the 1500m. It was a gutsy race, with Roxberg holding tight to the leaders through 1100m before finishing 11th in the heat.
Then it was back to the freshmen, with Woodson facing an impressive field in the 100m dash prelims. The young Tiger lined up against familar names in Harry Adams and Marcus Rowland, then some new names with Rakieem Salaam, Fred Taylor, Trell Kimmons, and Tyson Gay. Woodson finished fifth overall in the heat with a 10.52 to miss qualifying for the next round by 0.07 seconds.
Finishing up the busy day was the Junior Men's 5k with Evan Chiplock, Jordan Cook, and Dan Roe. The trio faced a very conservative start, with a tightly bunched pack through the first half of the race. Roe and Chiplock hung on to the lead pack as they began breaking away, cruising to seventh and eighth, respectively. Cook finished not too far behind in 17th overall.
The competition continues tomorrow with freshman Tyler Schneider taking to the track at 9:00 pm for the Junior Men's 10k.
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