COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou track and field team will return to action for its third meet of the indoor season as it will participate in the Adidas Classic on Saturday (Jan. 22) at Nebraska. The meet will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and will be held at the Devaney Center Indoor Track. The meet will mark the Tigers' second consecutive trip to a Big 12 opponents' venue after competing at Kansas last Friday.
The women's weight throw will open the competition at 1:30 p.m. and the meet will conclude with the 4x400m relay at 7:05 p.m. Teams from Houston, Wichita State, Air Force and Alabama (women only) will join the Tigers and Huskers at the meet. The events will be scored using NCAA scoring, which awards 10 points to the event winner while the next five will earn 8-6-4-2-1, respectively. Last year, the Tigers took third place at this meet on both the men's and women's side. Nebraska and Kansas State took the top two spots, respectively, on both sides.
The Tigers are coming off of another impressive meet at the MU-KU Border Dual last Friday and look to build on strong performances from several individuals. Senior Aaron Dixon (Lee's Summit, Mo.) is coming off of a 1,000m victory at the MU-KU Dual last weekend and he returns to a track that he has seen plenty of success this weekend. In fact, Dixon ran the program's second-fastest 1,000m time at the Adidas Classic last year as he clocked in at 2:22.38, a mark that earned him the top seed at the Big 12 Championships a season ago. Dixon is one of five runners slated to participate in the 1,000m run on Saturday.
Dixon isn't the only Tiger middle distance runner to watch this weekend as Big 12 800m Champion Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa) and Big 12 1,000m Champion Layne Moore (Emporia, Kan.) will both run in the 800m run. Irwin won the men's 800m run at the MU-KU Dual last weekend while Moore won the women's 800m run, completing the Tiger sweep. Both will participate in the 800m run on Saturday. Irwin is the defending Adidas Classic Champion at 800m.
As always, Mizzou will also look for a strong performance from its contingent of throwers this weekend. At the MU-KU Dual last weekend, freshman Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, Kan.) turned in a huge mark in the weigh throw as she won the event with a toss of 18.49m (60-8), a mark that ranks her third in the Big 12 this season. She is the only freshman ranked in the league's top 15 this season and is the second-best true freshman on the national descending order list. Melissa Coil (Clark, Mo.) was the Tigers' top finisher in the weight throw at last year's Adidas Classic as she finished third overall. Sophomore Katie Evans (Powersville, Mo.) took second in the women's shot put at the Adidas Classic last year and will look to have a similar performance on Saturday as well.
The men will also have strong representation in the throws on Saturday. Last year, former Tiger Andy Oaker won the shot put at the Adidas Classic while Corey Jones (Boonville, Mo.) placed second overall. He, along with Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and several other throwers will look to defend Oaker's title on Saturday. Also, look for Chris Holly (Topeka, Kan.) and Jacob Bullinger (Jackson, Mo.) to have strong showings in the weight throw.
Other notable athletes competing on Saturday will be freshman sprinter Tre Chambers (Colorado Springs, Mo.). All Chambers has done in his first two collegiate meets is win three event titles while nearly resetting the 60m dash and indoor 200m dash school records while posting top 25 marks in each event nationally. Senior pole vaulter Brian Hancock (Monroe City, Mo.) will also be a Tiger to watch as he has his sights set on improving his school record pole vault this season.
The high jump has also been a pleasant surprise for the Tigers this season, particularly on the women's side as Stacy Swineburg (Camdenton, Mo.) has emerged as one of the league's top athletes. In fact, she ranks 14th nationally and second in league after clearing 1.75m (5-8 ¾) in her season-opening meet. Freshman Tim Williams (Waynesville, Mo.) gives the Tiger men a quality athlete in the event as well.
All-American combined event specialist Lars Rise (Trondheim, Norway) will also compete this weekend as he is slated to run the 60m hurdles and throw the shot put as he prepares for combined events later in the season.
Mizzou's 4x400m relay team on the women's side also claimed the event title at the Adidas Classic in 2010 and will be out to defend its title on Saturday. Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.) - who ran as a member of that 4x400m relay team - claimed the 600-yard run title at last year's meet as well. She will run in the 400m dash on Saturday.
For a complete recap of Saturday's action, check back with MUTigers.com.