Blake Irwin ranks among the Big 12 leaders in the 800m and 1,000m runs.
Feb. 15, 2012
Missouri Collegiate Challenge
Missouri All-Comers Meet
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou track and field program will return to its home track at the Hearnes Center this weekend as it will compete in the Missouri Collegiate Challenge on Friday before hosting the annual All-Comers meet on Saturday. The Collegiate Challenge, which will feature teams from across the area, will begin at 2 p.m. inside the Hearnes Center Field House Friday while the All-Comers meet will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Mizzou is coming off of a very successful meet at Texas A&M last weekend that saw the Tiger men take second overall - behind only defending national champion Texas A&M - despite traveling about a third of its normal competition roster. The men defeated teams from Baylor, Houston, Rice, UTEP, Alabama, TCU and USC at the meet. The women took third as well, rounding out an impressive weekend. The women finished behind just Texas A&M and Baylor at the meet.
The Collegiate Challenge will serve as the Tigers' final tune-up before they head back to Texas A&M for the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Feb. 24-25. In all, Mizzou has plenty to be excited about heading into the weekend as a variety of Tigers rank among the league's top five competitors in their respective events.
On the women's side, Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, Kan.) leads the Big 12 in the mile run with her season-best time of 4:41.24 set at the Texas A&M Invitational last week as she claimed the event title. Roxberg also ranks second in the 1,000m run among Big 12 athletes with a season-best time of 2:47.10, set at the Missouri-Kansas Dual.
Staying in the middle distance events, but moving to the men's side, Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa) ranks fourth in the 1,000m run with a time of 2:25.30 and fifth in the 800m run at 1:48.69. Dan Quigley (St. Louis, Mo.) is also fourth in the 5,000m run after he clocked a time of 14:10.08 at last week's Grand Valley State Big Meet. Both the Mizzou men's and women's DMRs also rank among the top five in the league this season as well.
Moving to the field events, the Tiger men have three student-athletes ranked among the Big 12 top five, starting with junior Malcolm Pennix (South Bend, Ind.) who is third in the long jump with a season-best mark of 7.74m (25-4 ¾). Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, Mo.) is fourth in the shot put and Jacob Bullinger (Jackson, Mo.) is the league's fifth-best weight thrower as of this week.
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