Freshman Katrine Haarklau will compete in the pole vault for the first time this weekend. She holds the outdoor school record in the event.
Jan. 23, 2013
Columbia, Mo. – The Tigers will be on the road for the first time this season, as they head to Lexington, KY, for the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet. The weekend kicks off Friday morning, where senior Kelcy Vanarsdall (Buckner, MO) will begin her first pentathlon of the season with the 60m hurdles.
Vanarsdall was one of the 18 athletes who earned new personal records at last weekend’s season-opener, the Missouri Invitational. All 18 will be on the bus to Kentucky, including Missouri Invitational record-breakers, seniors Malcolm Pennix (South Bend, IN) and Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, KS). Pennix jumped 7.78m (25-6.25) in the long jump, while Roxberg finished the 1000m run in a PR of 2:45.63. Pennix earned the No. 3 spot on the All-Time Top Ten list for Missouri, and Roxberg landed at No. 2, just missing the school record by 0.22 seconds.
Also on the bus will be the four stand-out freshmen from last weekend’s meet: Markesh Woodson (Colorado Springs, CO), Kyle Smith (Cheltenham, MD), Chelsie Stevens (Upper Marlboro, MD), and Danielle Williams (Aurora, CO). All four started their careers at Mizzou with All-Time Top Ten times in their respective events. Woodson tied the indoor 60m dash school record with his 6.70 finish, while Stevens just missed the women’s 60m dash record by 0.01 seconds with her 7.61 prelim time. Smith earned the No. 2 All-Time spot with his 8.15 performance in the 60m hurdles, and Williams landed at No. 9 All-Time in the long jump with her mark of 11.67m (38-3.5).
The Tigers are also bringing a group of nationally ranked athletes to their first match-up against a fellow SEC member, Kentucky. Sophomore Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS) is currently ranked at #20 for the weight throw and #4 in the shot put. Sophomore Jill Rushin (Jackson, MO) is also ranked in the shot put, coming in at #16. Senior Jacob Bullinger (Jackson, MO) and junior Brian Duncan (Iberia, MO) are both ranked in the weight throw, at #6 and #34, respectively. Senior Brooks Mosier (Lee’s Summit, MO) rounds out the ranked throws crew at #17 in the shot put.
After their performances on Friday, freshmen Jonathan Ilori (United Kingdom) and Tony Carodine (Colorado Springs, CO) are both ranked in the triple jump, coming in at #28 and #31, respectively. Pennix’s record-breaking mark in the long jump has him at #2, while Woodson’s record-tying finish puts him at #15. Sophomore Merid Seleshi (Ontario, Canada) also enters the season with a spot on the national rankings, placing in at #33 in the mile.
The meet will be housed in the E.J. Nutter Fieldhouse on Friday (Jan. 25) and Saturday (Jan. 26). For the latest updates on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.
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