COLUMBIA, Mo. - After claiming 18 event titles and seeing plenty of its members rank among the national and Big 12 elite, the Mizzou track and field team will return to action this Friday as it will compete in a dual meet against the arch rival Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Anschutz Pavilion. The majority of the field events will begin at 1:30 while the track events will start at 3 p.m.
The meet will mark the third straight season that Mizzou and Kansas will battle for bragging rights in the annual showdown. Prior to this three-year span, Mizzou and Kansas had not met in a dual meet since 1976. In all, Mizzou's men and women have swept the past two years of competition with Kansas, including a sweep last season as the Tigers won by a combined score of 191-171. The Tiger men lead the all-time series, 36-17, against Kansas in dual meets while the Tiger women are 2-0 after defeating the Jayhawks in each of the last two seasons.
Heading into the meet, there are several events that will pit some of the Big 12 leaders against each other, highlighted by a showdown in the men's 200m dash. Tiger freshman Tre Chambers (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is currently atop the league standings in the event after clocking in at 21.65 last weekend, a mark that ranks him 12th nationally. But Kansas' Kyle Clemons ranks just behind him in the standings after being paced at 21.86 last weekend. The race, which pits two of the league's top young sprint talents, will be contested at 4:45 p.m.
The sprints will also feature an exciting matchup on the women's side, most notably in the 400m dash. Mizzou's Lana Mims (Tulsa, Okla.) currently ranks tied for second in the league in the event with Kansas' Denesha Morris, both of whom clocked in at 56.81 last weekend. KU's Taylor Washington ranks just behind those two in fourth place in the league, setting up what should be an exciting race, which will be run at 4:05 p.m.
The women's side should offer another great matchup in the 600-yard run. Mizzou's Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.), fresh off of three event titles last weekend, ranks second in the Big 12 in the event after being paced at 1:24.48. That ranks her behind only Kansas' Shayla Wilson, who clocked in at 1:23.79 at the Bill Easton Classic. That race is slated to begin at 3:50 p.m.
The middle distance events will offer some of the league's best talent on the women's and men's side as well, highlighted by Mizzou's Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, Kan.), who holds the league's top mile time at 4:51.94. After an All-Big 12 season last year in the 1,000m run, Roxberg, along with Layne Moore (Emporia Kan.) gives the Tigers plenty of talent at the middle distance. The men's team brings back a pair of NCAA national qualifiers in the 800m run as both Aaron Dixon (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and Big 12 Champion Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa) anchor a solid men's middle distance corps, that includes the league's current mile leader, Max Storms (Kansas City, Mo.). Storms will be pitted against Sean Proehl of KU on Friday as the two currently rank 1-2 in the mile this season.
The field events also feature plenty of exciting matchups, most notably in the men's pole vault. Fifth year senior Brian Hancock (Monroe City, Mo.) currently leads the Big 12 and ranks second nationally in the event after clearing 5.20m (17-0 ¾), but right behind him in the Big 12 standings are three Kansas vaulters, all of whom cleared 4.90m (16-3-0 ¾) last weekend.
The men's shot put will feature a great battle between three of the league's top underclassmen in the event. Currently, Mizzou's Corey Jones (Boonville, Mo.) and Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, Mo.) sit 1-2 in the league standings, but Kansas' Mason Finley, who is the defending Big 12 Champion in the event will likely give those two some stiff competition this weekend.
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