April 4, 2012
The Missouri Tigers Track & Field team will head into SEC territory as they compete in the Battle of the Bayou at Louisiana State University on Saturday. The scored competition will give the Tigers an opportunity to line up against two elite teams in the SEC as well as Big 10, Big East Conference leaders. LSU, Mississippi State, Penn State, Iowa, Illinois, Connecticut, Houston and Big 12 competitor, Texas Tech, round out what should be fantastic track & field meet for the Tigers.
"Over the last two weeks, we have seen two school records, a few meet records and numerous personal bests throughout the team, all of which indicates that our training and focus has us pointed in the right direction. We will compete more of our team this weekend, as more athletes will open up their outdoor campaign. LSU has one of the finest venues in the United States. We are certainly looking forward to terrific weekend of competitive track and field", said Head Coach Brett Halter
The Tigers have much to look forward to as it lines up a crew of school record setters and national front runners this weekend. On
the track, coming off her school record at the Arkansas Spring Meet, 400m hurdler Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, MO) will have
another opportunity to better her mark around the oval. Also joining Farmer on the track will be indoor All-American Ricky West
(Scarborough, Ontario) in the 800m, Big 12 Indoor Champion Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, KS) in the 1500m, as well as many
runners coming off personal bests already on the young season.
In the field, after a leap last weekend of 25'5.25" sitting him currently 4th in the NCAA, Malcolm Pennix (South Bend, IN) will be taking the runway in the long jump. Ranking 3rd in the NCAA after her school record throw in the shot put, Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS), along with Jill Rushin (Jackson, MO) and a slew of other Tiger field eventers, look to better their marks in the Bayou.
Heading west to Palo Alto for Missouri will be Lady Tiger distance standouts Bailey Belvis and Kinsey Farren. Belvis, an All-Big 12 performer during the indoor season, will compete in the 5,000 meters,while Farren will look to hit an NCAA Preliminary Round mark in the 10,000 meters just as she did last year at Stanford.
Full results and a recap from Baton Rouge and Palo Alto can be found on mutigers.com following each meet.
Next week, Missouri will play host the Tom Botts Invitational on Saturday, April 14th. Invited teams include: DePaul, Illinois, Iowa, Loyola (IL) and Missouri State. For all the latest on Mizzou track and field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MIZ_TrackField
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