Tigers To Take On Top-Ranked Teams in Kentucky

MUTIGERS.COM Junior Morgan Whitson
Junior Morgan Whitson

Jan. 22, 2014

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Tigers will face members from seven pre-season nationally-ranked teams this weekend as they travel to Lexington, KY, for the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet. Events will begin Friday morning at the E.J. Nutter Fieldhouse with the combined events competition and continue through Saturday.



Junior Morgan Whitson will kick off the weekend’s events for the Tigers with her first pentathlon competition of the season. Whitson ended last season with a seventh-place finish at the SEC Championships, scoring 3,828 points to land at No. 6 on Missouri’s All-Time Top Ten list.

Junior Kearsten Peoples will be back in the ring after her pair of School Record performances last weekend in Madison. Peoples took a pair of first-place finishes in the weight throw at the Badger Open and Wisconsin vs. Missouri Dual and walked away with a new record of 21.18m (69-6). That marks drops the previous record of 20.79m (68-2.5) held by Elisha Hunt. Her performance made her two-for-two in Indoor School Records, as she know owns the top marks in both the weight throw and shot put.

Twelve more Missouri All-Time Top Ten list members will be catching the bus to Lexington, including the pair of 60-meter dash school record holders - sophomores Markesh Woodson and Chelsie Stevens. Both will take the blocks for their main events, and Woodson will double-up with the 200-meter dash.

Senior Katie Evans and junior Jill Rushin will join Peoples in the throwing events. Both hold positions on the Top Ten List for the shot put with Rushin holding the No. 2 spot and Evans the No. 6.

Sophomore Jacqueline Obi and Lynnsey Brim accompany Stevens on the All-Time List in the 60-meter dash. Obi will move up to the 200-meter this weekend, while Brim will take to the runway for the long jump. Senior Tre Chambers is also a mbmer of the 60-meter dash Top Ten, along with the list for the 200-meter dash. He will compete in both events this weekend.

Other athletes to watch this weekend include senior Max Storms, No. 3 on the list for 5,000-meters, who will toe the line for both the 800-meter and mile runs. Sophomores Tony Carodine and Jonathan Ilori are in the line-up for the triple jump, an event in which they both hold Top Ten marks.

On the women’s side, freshman Alyssa Applebee and junior Maggie Givens will both compete in the pole vault. Givens is No. 5 on the Top Ten List, and Applebee is No. 8.

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