March 5, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Committee released on Tuesday the final list of those elite athletes who have qualified for the March 14-15 NCAA Championships, held in Albuquerque, NM. Qualification for the final meet of the season is determined by the rankings maintained throughout the season, with only the top 16 marks in each event granted spots in the competition. Included among the NCAA’s best are three Tigers, sophomore Markesh Woodson and juniors Kearsten Peoples and Jill Rushin, whose performances throughout the season have earned them the chance to compete at the highest level during the indoor season.
This release comes only a couple of days after the conclusion of the SEC Indoor Championships in College Station, Tx., where Peoples and Rushin both earned podium finishes for their efforts in the women’s shot put. Peoples won the competition with yet another Missouri School Record mark, landing at 17.81m (58-5.25). She now tops the rankings in the NCAA, is No. 8 in the U.S., and No. 17 in the world for the event. Peoples is also ranked at No. 10 in the weight throw with her second School Record mark of the season, 21.18m (69-6).
Rushin joined Peoples on the podium at the SEC Championships after finishing third in the shot put competition. She is currently ranked at No. 14 in the NCAA after her PR performance two weeks ago at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge, 16.90m (55-5.5).
The two women will represent the No. 27 ranked team in the nation, as released by the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association), and will look to end the season with the team’s first top 25 finish since 2001 when the team finished seventh at the NCAA Championships.
Woodson, who finished seventh at the SEC Championships in the 60-meter dash, will get a chance to defend his All-American finish from last year. He currently sits at No. 6 in the NCAA rankings after tying his PR and Missouri School Record time of 6.60 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in February.
Events will be streamed live from the Albuquerque Convention Center on ESPN3 starting at 7:55 p.m. EST on March 14, and 7:50 p.m. EST on March 15. The meet will also air on ESPNU on March 22 at 6:30 p.m. EST.
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