Laura Roxberg is the top seed in the mile and the No. 2 seed in the 1,000m run.
Feb. 22, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou track and field team will officially enter the championship portion of its schedule as it heads to the Big 12 Indoor Championships this weekend in College Station, Texas. The meet will begin at Texas A&M on Friday (Feb. 24) at 11 a.m. with the combined events and run through 9 p.m. that night with the running of the distance medley relays. The meet will resume on Saturday (Feb. 25) at 3 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.
This will be the Tigers' final Big 12 Indoor Championships as they will compete as members of the Southeastern Conference next season. Heading into the championships, several Tigers rank among the Big 12 elite in their respective events as the Tigers should be well-represented at the meet in a variety of different events.
Two Mizzou student-athletes enter the championships as the top seed in their respective events as Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, Kan.) owns the league's top time in the mile while Jacob Bullinger (Jackson, Mo.) owns the league's best weight throw mark this season. Both Roxberg and Bullinger have claimed All-Big 12 honors in each of the last two Big 12 Indoor Championships and go into this weekend's meet with the chance to do so again.
Roxberg ran 4:41.24 in the mile at the Texas A&M Invitational, which bodes well for her as she will run the same track this weekend. Roxberg also holds the Big 12's second-best time in the 1,000m run at 2:47.10 and she is the league runner-up in the event from a season ago. Bullinger set his league-leading mark of 19.49m (63-11 ½) in the weight throw at last weekend's Collegiate Challenge as he seems to be progressing well heading into the championships. Bullinger's teammate Brian Duncan (Iberia, Mo.) ranks second in the Big 12 in the weight throw as well at 18.73m (61-5 ½).
One of the most intriguing matchups to watch over the weekend will be the long jump. Tiger junior Malcolm Pennix (South Bend, Ind.) set a then national-leading mark of 7.74m (25-4 ¾) in the season-opening meet but has yet to jump that far again this season. He currently sits third in the Big 12 and fifth nationally as three of the nation's top five long jumpers will compete this weekend.
Looking at some of the other Tigers that rank among the league's top five in their respective events, Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa) ranks fifth in the 800m run at 1:48.69 and fourth in the 1,000m run at 2:25.30. Dan Quigley (St. Louis, Mo.) ranks fourth in the 5,000m run at 14:10.08 while both the men's and women's distance medley relay teams rank in the top five at fifth and third, respectively.
Two additional Tiger men rank among the top five in the field events, starting with Jeremy Lampley (Ballwin, Mo.) who is fifth in the triple jump at 15.17m (49-9 ¼). Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, Mo.) ranks fourth in the shot put as well at 18.40m (60-4 ½).
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