Senior Jake Bullinger won the weight throw with a new personal record of 19.98m (65-3).
Dec. 9, 2012
Ames, Ia. – Tigers Track & Field kicked off their season on Friday in Ames, IA, at the Iowa State Holiday Preview. The small contingent of athletes left the meet with high expectations for the coming season, with a new school record for sophomore Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS) in the shot put, a win in the shot put by senior Brooks Mosier (Lee’s Summit, MO), a win in the weight throw by senior Jacob Bullinger (Jackson, MO), six new personal records, and three All-Time Top Ten marks.
“It was good to break the ice on the indoor season,” said Head Coach Brett Halter. “The athletes have really been working hard throughout the fall, and we used this meet as a kind of checkpoint to see where we are and to get competitive again. I think it did its purpose. We are encouraged, got some good validation, and we know we have a lot of work ahead of us.”
The women’s weight throw started off the competition for Missouri, with Peoples taking 2nd-place with a new personal record mark of 19.57m (64-2½). This bests her previous mark from 2011 by over two feet, and bumps her up on the All-Time Top Ten list from 4th to third. Juniors Katie Evans (Powersville, MO) and Bethany Pfeiffer (Boonville, MO), and sophomore Jill Rushin (Jackson, MO) also earned new PRs in the weight throw. Pfeiffer finished 4th with her throw of 17.54m (57-6½), a PR by 5 feet, followed by Rushin’s 5th place finish with a six-foot PR of 17.33m (56-10¼), and Evan’s two-foot PR of 17.20m (56-5¼) to take 7th. Junior Cortni Ervin (Marshall, MO) was 6th in the competition with her throw of 17.29m (56-8¾).
“I was really excited about my performance. I think everyone was really positive and relaxed going into the meet, and it was a great way to start,” said Rushin, whose shot put performance later in the meet put her in the All-Time Top Ten Performance List for Mizzou. “It just shows that we trained hard in the fall, and we’re set up well for the rest of the year. I feel really good about this season, I think this team is going to do really well and accomplish some big things.”
The men’s weight throw followed, with a win and new PR from Bullinger. He threw 19.89m (65-3) to best his previous PR by over two feet and land him in the All-Time Top Ten List. Junior Brian Duncan (Iberia, MO) was 3rd with his throw of 18.46m (60-6¾), followed by junior Alex McDonald (Wentzville, MO) in 7th with 16.61m (54-6), then freshman Nick Sublett (Columbia, MO) in 10th at 14.60m (47-10¾).
“It was really cool to have a meet before Christmas break and be able to get out there and see what I can do,” said Bullinger. “This meet gave us a lot of confidence in our ability, since we haven’t really even started into the meat of our training. We’ll really be able to get the ball rolling come January.”
Shot put ended the day for the Tigers, and Peoples earned another 2nd place finish with a school record throw of 16.87m (55-41/2), besting Shernelle Nicholls' previous record of 16.71m (54-10) from 2008. Rushin also continued her strong performance with another PR and a new All-Time Top Ten mark. She finished 3rd with a throw of 16.23m (53-3), topping her previous best mark by seven inches. Evans place 6th in 14.57m, followed by Ervin in 8th with 13.68m (44-10½), and senior Laura Greenfield (Liberty, MO) in 9th with a throw of 13.59m (44-7).
“Yesterday I was exhausted, both physically and mentally,” said Rushin. “So to still be able to PR on my last throw just shows me that when I’m well rested and my mind isn’t exhausted, that I’m going to be able to throw even better.”
The men’s shot put competition ended out the day, with a first place finish from Mosier after his throw of 17.94m (58-10½). McDonald was next for the Tigers with a throw of 15.18m (49-9¾) to take 5th, followed by Sublett’s 8th place finish at 13.64m (44-9).
“It was a really fun weekend to kind of work together and achieve what we wanted to achieve,” said Bullinger. “It was a good confidence boost and a really good teaching tool as we go into break knowing what we need to work on and where we’re going to improve.”
The Tigers will be back in action at home on January 18, 2013, for the Missouri Invitational. For the latest updates on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.
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