Senior Jacob Bullinger will hope to improve on his #12 national ranking spot for the weight throw this weekend in Nebraska
Jan. 30, 2013
Columbia, Mo. – After facing their first SEC competition in the Univ. of Kentucky last weekend in Lexington, KY, the Tigers are back on the road this week for their second set of SEC match-ups. A small Mizzou squad will head to the University of Nebraska for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, where they will meet up with Auburn, Florida, and Alabama for the first time this season.
Sophomores Katrine Haarklau (Bergan, Norway) and Morgan Whitson (Moberly, MO) will kick off the meet for the Tigers on Friday with their first pentathlon competitions of the season. Whitson returns to the pentathlon after narrowly missing an All-Big 12 finish last year, finishing 9th with 3,656 points. This will be Haarklau’s first pentathlon in the black and gold.
The men and women throwers will also compete Friday afternoon, and will hope to continue climbing the national rankings after their great start in December at the Iowa State Holiday Preview. Senior Jacob Bullinger (Jackson, MO) and junior Brian Duncan (Iberia, MO) are currently ranked in the top 50 in the nation for the weight throw, coming in at #12 and #41, respectively. On the women’s side, sophomore Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS) currently makes the rankings as #25. Senior Cortni Ervin (Marshall, MO), juniors Alex McDonald (Wentzville, MO), Bethany Pfeiffer (Boonville, MO) and Katie Evans (Powersville, MO), and sophomore Jill Rushin (Jackson, MO) will also look to continue their strong performances in the weight throw.
Junior Kyle Wessel (Hannibal, MO) will also be in action on Friday in the pole vault, returning after his 9th place finish in the event at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet last week. Sophomores Drake Stuedemann (Seneca, IL) and Sha’Rone Greenlaw (Chicago, IL) will be the first to hit the track on Friday, competing in the 400m dash and 60m hurdles, respectively.
Saturday’s competition will see more from the throwers, with senior Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, MO) and McDonald competing in the men’s shot put, and senior Laura Greenfield (Liberty, MO) joining Ervin, Evans, Peoples, and Rushin in the women’s shot put. Mosier is currently ranked #28 in the nation for the event, Rushin is at #21, and Peoples takes the #5 spot.
The high jump and women’s pole vault competitions will also have some Tiger representation. In the high jump, sophomore Mitch Hatten (Cameron, MO) will look to improve upon his PR mark of 2.02m (6-7.5), after reaching that height in the last two competitions. For the women, junior Camille Hayes (Indianapolis, IN) returns after her 5th-place mark of 1.70m (5-7), just shy of her indoor PR of 1.72m (5-7.7). In the pole vault, senior Heather Green (Jefferson City, MO) will hope to break back into the 12-foot mark, and continue climbing the ranks in the SEC, where she currently lands at #16.
The women’s 800m will highlight the running events for the Tigers, with the return of sophomore Jasmine Webb (Dallas, TX), and a season-start for junior Landon Wachter (Jackson, MO). Both were members of the All-Big 12 DMR team at last year’s championship.
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