Junior Katrine Haarklau
Feb. 6, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Tigers are back to work this weekend, hosting the Missouri Invitational while a group travels to New York City for the Armory Collegiate Invitational. At home, events in the Hearnes will begin at 2:00 p.m. with the women’s weight throw and 5,000-meter run. The group on the east coast will kick off the two-day meet at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday with the women’s shot put, with events going through Saturday morning.
Voted as this weekend’s Division I National Meet of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the 14th annual Armory Collegiate Invitational will boast over 100 universities and colleges from around the world. Twelve Tigers will join the elite masses at the New Balance Track & Field Center to embark on yet another of the season's biggest tests yet.
Representing the black and gold will be three current Missouri School Record Holders: junior Kearsten Peoples (shot put, weight throw), sophomore Chelsie Stevens (60-meter dash), and sophomore Markesh Woodson (60-meter dash); along with six Missouri All-Time Top Ten performers.
Peoples had quite the start to her season, opening with back-to-back school record performances in the weight throw at the Badger Open (21.01m / 68-11.25) and Wisconsin v. Missouri Dual (21.18m / 69-6). She enters the weekend at the top of the weight throw rankings in the SEC, and as the No. 4 performer in the nation. Peoples also tops the Missouri Record Board in the shot put (16.87m / 55-4.25), and is currently No. 2 in the SEC and No. 9 in the nation behind teammate Jill Rushin.
Rushin began her season in December at the ISU Holiday Preview where she threw 16.72m (54-10.25) in the shot put to move up into the No. 2 spot on the Missouri Record Board. This mark has held her in the No. 1 spot in the SEC, and No. 6 in the nation.
Joining Peoples in the shot put/weight throw double is senior Katie Evans, who also began her season in December with an improved All-Time Top Ten mark in the shot put at No. 5 (16.00m / 52-6). Evans currently sits at No. 5 in the SEC rankings for the shot put and No. 24 in the nation.
Rounding out the women’s roster for the New York trip is Missouri 60-meter dash school record holder, Chelsie Stevens (7.56). Stevens will take the blocks against some of the top women sprinters in the nation, including two of the current top-20 ranked performers.
On the men’s side, Markesh Woodson will also line up some of the nation’s top sprinters with five of the top-20 ranked sprinters set to compete in the 60-meter dash. Woodson himself is currently ranked No. 13 in the nation, No. 4 in the SEC, after his 6.65 performance at the Rod McCravy Memorial two weeks ago. The sophomore is the reigning SEC Champion in the event after winning the title last year in a Missouri School Record performance (6.60). Woodson is also set to compete in the 200-meter dash, an event in which he holds the No. 4 spot on Missouri’s All-Time Top Ten list.
Just behind Woodson in the 200-meter dash record books is senior Tre Chambers, who will line up alongside him in both the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash this weekend.
Other competitors for the men are sophomore Kyle Smith, who holds the No. 2 All-Time mark in the 60-meter hurdles (8.06); sophomore Nadum Member-Meneh in the 400-meter dash; junior Drake Stuedemann in the 400-meter dash; freshman Jamion Nash in the triple jump; sophomore Tony Carodine, who is No. 6 in the men’s triple jump; and sophomore Jonathan Ilori, No. 4 in the men’s triple jump.
The Tigers will also face some quality competition at home, as the team hosts the Missouri Invitational at the Hearnes Fieldhouse on Friday. Among the 15 teams making the trip to Columbia are Arkansas State, Memphis, Missouri State, and SIU-Edwardsville.
Heptathletes Tim Gilman (junior) and Ser Whitaker (sophomore) are set to make their season-debuts on Friday. Gilman is currently No. 9 on the All-Time Top Ten list for the heptathlon, while Whitaker holds the No. 7 spot for the outdoor decathlon. They are set to compete in several of the heptathlon events throughout the afternoon.
Fellow-combined events athlete Morgan Whitson (junior) will also be back in action. Whitson competed in her first pentathlon of the season two weeks ago at the Rod McCravy Memorial, where she placed second with a final score of 3,749 points.
Also set to make a season-debut on Friday is junior Katrine Haarklau, who ended last year with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pole vault. Haarklau, who owns Missouri School Records in the outdoor pole vault and javelin, and is on the All-Time Top Ten lists for the indoor pole vault and pentathlon, will take to the vault runway on Friday.
Other current Top Ten All-Time performers to watch out for on Friday include freshman Lynnsey Brim (60-meter dash), freshman Alyssa Applebee (pole vault), junior Maggie Givens (pole vault), and sophomore Jacqueline Obi (200-meter dash).
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