Woodson will return to the Tyson track after his SEC title in the 60m dash two weeks ago
March 6, 2013
Columbia, Mo. – The Championship season continues this weekend for Tigers Track & Field as a squad of four athletes prepare to travel to Fayetteville, AR, for the NCAA Indoor National Championships. Freshman Markesh Woodson, sophomore Kearsten Peoples, and seniors Malcolm Pennix and Laura Roxberg will return to the Randal Tyson Track at the Univ. of Arkansas after their top five finishes at the SEC Championships two weeks ago.
On a track known for delivering fast times, Woodson perhaps has more reason than most to be excited about returning to Fayetteville for the National Championships. Before he raced to the SEC 60m dash title in 6.60, Woodson had laid down School Record performances no. 2 and 3, dropping his 6.69 record to 6.66 in the prelims then 6.63 in the finals during the Tyson Invitational. Now, the SEC Freshman Runner of the Year is looking for an All-American finish to add to his already-impressive debut season. He enters the Championship ranked third in the nation for the 60m dash, with 0.06 seconds separating him and the leading NCAA time so far this season.
Roxberg is also in good position for an All-American finish, entering the meet at no. 8 in the nation for the mile, within five seconds of the leading time. She hit her personal-best time of 4:34.59 at the UW Husky Classic last month, dropping her own School Record in the event by five seconds. She missed tying that time by two seconds at the SEC Championships, finishing in 4:36.02 for second place. It will be a tight competition for the All-American spots on Saturday, with a field spread of seven seconds.
Senior Malcolm Pennix is also entering the competition ranked in the top ten of the field. His season-best mark of 7.82m (25-8) was enough for fifth-place at the SEC Championships, and SEC athletes currently boast six of the top ten spots in the field. Along with an All-American finish, Pennix is eyeing the Mizzou School Record of 7.91m (25-11.75) in the long jump, set by Yussuf Alli in 1984.
Rounding out the Nationals crew is Peoples, who hit the first School Record of the season with her 16.87m (55-4.25) shot put performance at Iowa State. She enters the competition ranked 13th in the nation.
Events kick off for the Tigers at 5:30 pm on Friday with Roxberg and the women’s mile semifinals. Woodson and Pennix will also get their first taste of competition on Friday with the 60m dash semifinals at 7:05 pm and long jump competition at 5:30 pm. The shot put competition will start Saturday’s competition at 4:00 pm, followed by the mile and 60m dash finals during the evening at 6:00 and 7:10, respectively. Live results of the weekend’s competition can be found here, and ESPN3 will be live streaming the events starting at 6:30 pm ET on Friday and 7:00 pm ET on Saturday.
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