Senior Laura Roxberg is currently ranked at No. 25 nationally for the mile.
Feb. 8, 2013
Columbia, Mo. – Mizzou Track & Field is splitting up this weekend, with a small distance crew flying out to Seattle, WA, for the Husky Invitational, and another squad driving down to Fayetteville, AR, for the Tyson Invitational. Both meets will see some more SEC competition for the Tigers, with eight of the 13 making appearances at Tyson, and seven sending squads to Seattle.
The Tigers are hoping to come out of both meets with improved national rankings, particularly with the Husky Invitational being historically known for producing NCAA National Championship qualifying times. Although the NCAA moved away from timed standards for qualifying, and are now basing the Championship field off of the top 16 times in the nation throughout the season, Husky remains one of the most competitive distance meets of the season.
The weekend will kick off with Friday’s 5k competitions where sophomore Chris Spudic (Mt. Prospect, IL), and seniors Max Storms (Kansas City, MO) and Bailey Belvis (Prosper, TX) will sport the black and gold. This will be the first 5k of the season for all three student-athletes.
Saturday will feature the 3k and mile competitions, where senior Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, KS) will return after her No. 25 nationally-ranked performance in Kentucky. She will be joined by Belvis. On the men’s side, sophomore Merid Seleshi will be the lone Tiger competing in the 3k, returning after his PR performance of 8:18.51 at Kentucky two weeks ago. Spudic and Storms will hit the track once again for Saturday’s mile competition, joined by Seleshi, freshman Will Crocker (Belvidere, IL) and sophomore Kenny Cushing (Wetnzville, MO).
The Arkansas travel part consists primarily of field event athletes, however freshman stand-out Markesh Woodson (Colorado Springs, CO), who broke the 60m dash school record in Kentucky after winning the event in 6.69, will hit the track once again on Friday to see how he measures up against some heavy SEC competition.
Also back in action after taking last week off are some of the jump specialists, including Missouri Invitational long jump record-breaker, senior Malcolm Pennix (South Bend, IN). Friday’s long jump competition will also see performances from freshman Kerri Furbert (Sandys, Bermuda) and junior Erika Miller (Mexico, MO).
The throws group is also back in force this weekend, with sophomores Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS) and Jill Rushin (Jackson, MO), juniors Bethany Pfeiffer (Boonville, MO) and Brian Duncan (Iberia, MO), and seniors Cortni Ervin (Marshall, MO) and Jacob Bullinger (Jackson, MO) competing in Friday’s weight throw. Pfeiffer earned a new PR of 17.67m (57-11.75) last week in the event.
Friday’s competition for the Tigers will round out with the women’s pole vault competition, where senior Heather Green (Jefferson City, MO) will return from her PR performance of 3.87m (12-8.25) last week in Nebraska. She will be joined by sophomore, and outdoor school record holder, Katrine Haarklau (Bergan, Norway).
The Tigers will kick off Saturday with the shot put competition, where Ervin, Peoples, and Rushin will return to the ring. They will be joined by junior Katie Evans (Powersville, MO) and senior Brooks Mosier (Lee’s Summit, MO).
Mizzou will also see some action in Saturday’s triple jump competition, with freshmen Tony Carodine (Colorado Springs, CO) and Jonathan Ilori (United Kingdom) returning to the runway after successful performances in Kentucky two weeks ago.
The vertical jumps crew will also hit the track, with junior Kyle Wessel (Hannibal, MO) representing Mizzou in the pole vault, and sophomores Mitch Hatten (Cameron, MO) and Morgan Whitson (Moberly, MO), and junior Camille Hayes (Indianapolis, IN) sporting the black and gold in the high jump competition. Hatten is returning to competition after jumping to a PR of 2.05m (6-8.75) last week in Nebraska.
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