March 21, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - Although the weather has yet to show it, outdoor track season is upon us and Mizzou is set to kick off their season at home this weekend with the Missouri Relays. Events at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium will kick off at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22 with the women's hammer throw and continue through Saturday afternoon. Coming off a very successful indoor season, which highlighted an SEC Champion, an SEC Freshman of the Year, four All-Americans, four School Records, 20 new All-Time Top Ten Marks, and 83 personal best performances, the Tigers will strive to continue adding to that list over the next few months.
Among those looking to continue the successes into the outdoor season is freshman Markesh Woodson (Colorado Springs, CO), who has earned national attention for his string of record-breaking performances in the 60m dash. Although he ended the with an All-American finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships, perhaps the highlight of his season came with his upset performance at the SEC Championships. Earning his fourth 60m dash school record of the season, Woodson raced to a 6.60 finish and an SEC Title, out-running a field of some of the best sprinters in the nation, including the defending SEC Champion.
Another key returner is sophomore Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS), who ended her freshman outdoor season with a fourth place finish at the Olympic Trials in the shot put, barely missing a spot on the U.S. National Team in London. She comes into the outdoor season with three School Records, the most recent of which came in December for the shot put. She now owns both the indoor and outdoor shot put School Records, as well as the discus. She finished the indoor season with an All-SEC finish and second team All-American finish, just missing out on a first team honor by one place.
Senior Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, KS) and freshman Chelsie Stevens (Upper Marlboro, MD) round out the Record Breakers from the indoor season. Roxberg took down her own mile Record, racing to a 4:34.59 at the Husky Invitational midway through the season before going on to place second at the SEC Championships and earn second team All-American at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Stevens began her freshman season just shy of the 7.60 indoor 60m dash School Record, hitting 7.61 at the Missouri Invitational before smashing through it at the Collegiate Challenge in 7.56.
Senior Malcolm Pennix (South Bend, IN) rounded out the Indoor All-American performers for the Tigers, making second team All-American in the long jump. He finished fifth in the SEC in the event after competing against the top jumpers in the nation. He also takes away with him two meet records in the long jump, after hitting 7.64m (25-0.75) at the Collegiate Challenge and 7.78m (25-6.25) at the Missouri Invitational.
Joining Woodson, Peoples, and Roxberg in All-SEC honors was sophomore Jill Rushin (Jackson, MO), who stepped up in the shot put competition to earn second overall. All four will look to repeat their podium finishes in May, and will hope to continue establishing Mizzou's presence in the SEC. Joining them in the quest are three more returning School Record Holders: seniors Dan Quigley (St. Louis, MO) and Max Storms (Kansas City, MO), and sophomore Katrine Haarklau (Bergan, Norway), as well as a crew of returning All-Big 12 performers.
Quigley and Storms both re-wrote the distance Record Board last year, bringing down records in the 5k and 10k runs. Quigley broke both the indoor and outdoor 5k run School Records, running 14:03.49 and 13:55.46, respectively. Storms took down the 10k School Record, marking in at 29:15.61.
Haarklau, who is currently holding the no. 2 spot on the All-Time Top Ten List for the indoor pole vault, took down the outdoor School Record last spring with a vault of 4.20m (13-9.25).
Haarklau, Peoples, Quigley, Roxberg, and Rushin are all NCAA Outdoor National Championship returners as well, with Peoples' finishing sixth in the shot put and discus for two first team All-American honors. Keep an eye out for this group of returners to do big things for Mizzou Track & Field this spring, along with an exciting group of up-and-comers who will offer a glimpse into the program's increasingly bright future.
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