Leslie Farmer will represent Mizzou in a very competitive 600-yard run field at the meet.
Jan. 21, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - After opening the 2010 indoor season with a pair of back-to-back home meets, the Mizzou track and field team will hit the road for the first time as it heads to Lincoln, Neb., for the Adidas Classic on Saturday (Jan. 23) at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The meet, which features men's and women's teams from Nebraska, Kansas State, Wichita State, Colorado State and Air Force, is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start time. The meet will conclude at 6:26 p.m. with the running of the men's 4x400m relay. The meet will be scored with the top six finishers in each event earning points. A 10-8-6-4-2-1 scoring system will be used to score the top six spots with first earning 10 points and sixth earning one point.
Mizzou is coming off of a sweep in its annual Border Dual with Kansas last week as both the men and women topped their rivals to the west. The women claimed a 96-85 win while the men also claimed a victory at 95-86. In all, the combined score of the meet was 191-171 in favor of the Tigers. With the win, Mizzou is now undefeated in the Border Dual series which was started last season and overall the Tigers hold a 36-17 lead in the all-time series.
Heading into the event, Mizzou has athletes ranked in the Big 12's top 10 in 20 different events, highlighted by four student-athletes that have the league's top marks in their respective events. The Tiger women own three of those four spots as Shannon Leinert (Eureka, Mo.), Esther Vermue (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and Angela Potrykus (Evergreen, Colo.) sit atop their respective events. Leinert owns the league's top time in the 600-yard run at 1:21.90, set at the Missouri Invitational. Vermue and Potrykus both set their top times at last week's Border Dual as Vermue ran a 2:15.04 in the 800m run while Potrykus was clocked at 4:55.83 in the mile run. Junior Chris Davis (Riverdale, Ga.) also owns the league's top spot in the men's 600-yard run with a time of 1:11.62, set at the Border Dual last weekend.
The Adidas Classic will offer plenty of pivotal showdowns for the Tigers as well. Senior Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.), who is the program's record-holder in the 60m hurdles, will square off against three of the league's best in Kansas State's Jeffrey Julmis and Nebraska's Tyrell Ross and Eirc Lund. All four of those athletes rank in the Big 12's top 10 so far this season. The men's weight throw should also offer some compelling competition as Tigers Andy Oaker (Steelville, Mo.) and Chris Holly (Topeka, Kan.) will square off against some of the league's top throwers in the event, including the Big 12 leader Brett Suckstorf of Nebraska. In all, six of the Big 12's top eight competitors in the event thus far will square off on Saturday.
The women's 600-yard run should also be an interesting race as Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.), who ranks second in the Big 12 in the event, will lead Mizzou against Lekesha Pointer and Sara Stoakes of Kansas State, who occupy the league's third and fourth spots, respectively. The women's 1,000m run should also serve as an exciting showdown for Mizzou as Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, Kan.) and Boglark Bozzay of Kansas State will face off in the event. The two rank third and fourth in the Big 12 in the event, respectively, and are separated by just 0.25 seconds.
Potrykus will also be put to the test on Saturday as she will put her Big 12-leading mile time on the line against a slew of runners from Nebraska. In all, the Huskers have three runners ranked in the event's top 10 thus far this season.
For a complete recap of the event, be sure to check back with MUTigers.com. Live results along with a links to a meet schedule and a live blog can also be found at MUTigers.com.
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