March 29, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Track and Field team, coming off one of the strongest outdoor openers in program history, will head south this coming weekend with a split squad to both the Texas Relays and the Arkansas Spring Invitational. Action in Austin will begin with events this afternoon and run through Saturday. The Tigers will kick off with the hammer throw tomorrow evening in Fayetteville at 6:00pm and the rest of the meet will start up at 9:30am Saturday morning. Information for both meets can be found at the links above.
Head Coach, Brett Halter, looks to this coming weekend as a building block for his team. "Arkansas will host schools from both the Big 12 and Big Ten this weekend, which will provide our team a wealth of competitive opportunities. Last week was a perfect start to the outdoor season at the Missouri Relays. We had fantastic performances across the board in nearly every event area. We expect to build on that momentum this weekend on a terrific venue for what promises to be a very good track and field contest."
Horizontal jumpers Malcom Pennix, South Bend, IN), Jonathon Illori (Holbrook, Great Britain), and Jeremy Lampley (Saint Louis, MO) will head to the Texas Relays, where 200 other collegiate teams will be in competition. The Tigers will compete a large crew of sprint and field event athletes at the Arkansas Spring Invitational. Schools expected to be in competition at Arkansas along with Missouri include Arkansas, South Dakota, Iowa Central, Iowa, Oklahoma, Johnson County, Drake, South Dakota St, Missouri St, Minnesota, Kansas, Tulsa, Wichita St, and Nebraska.
Last weekend's Missouri Relays in review: Freshman Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS) made her mark with a School Record in the shot put of 56-11, currently sitting her 2nd in the nation.
Senior captain, Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, MO), took the win in the 400mH with a time of 59.12, which sits her in the top 10 nationally.
Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit West, MO) (Shot Put- 56-11.5), Katrine Haarklau (Bergan, Norway) (Javelin - 152-03) and Jonathan Illori (Triple Jump - 49-3.5) all sit in the top 25 nationally in their events.
Freshman McCauley Garton (Shawnee Mission, KS) made his debut with a Meet Record throw in the Javelin of 210-5.
The Tigers got 12 winners at the Missouri Relays.
Full results and a recap following the meet can be found on mutigers.com. Next week, Missouri will travel south once again to Baton Rouge, LA to compete in the Battle on the Bayou hosted by LSU.
Follow the team on twitter @MIZ_TrackField.
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