Track Heads Into Alabama Weekend with National Rankings

MUTIGERS.COM Freshman Kyle Smith is currently ranked in the top 30 in NCAA D1 for the 110m hurdles
Freshman Kyle Smith is currently ranked in the top 30 in NCAA D1 for the 110m hurdles

April 4, 2013

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Columbia, Mo. - Tigers Track & Field begins the last month of competition before the SEC Championships (May 9-12) with a trip down to Tuscaloosa, AL, for the Crimson Tide Invitational.  The Saturday meet will host fellow-SEC squads from Alabama and Mississippi State, along with Penn State, Nebraska, and Minnesota.  The 39 Mizzou student-athletes enter the meet after positive starts at the Missouri Relays, Razorback Spring Invitational, and Stanford Invitational over the last two weekends.  Coming out of these meets are four top 20 spots in the NCAA D1, as released by the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS).

Topping this list is the current No. 4 athlete in the 800m run, senior Blake Irwin.  Irwin began his season in the 1500m run at the Missouri Relays before dropping down to his main event last weekend in Arkansas.  He finished first in both meets, with his 1:49.12 placing him in the top five thus far this season.

Sophomores Brian Duncan and Katrine Haarklau are also in good position for the start of the season, both landing in at No. 12 in the NCAA D1 rankings in their respective events.  Duncan started his season with a win in the hammer throw at the Missouri Relays, marking with a PR mark of 62.55m (205-2), before going on to place second in Arkansas last weekend.  

Haarklau also finished at the top of the field for the javelin during the Missouri Relays, before going on to place third at Arkansas, just missing her PR with a mark of 47.70m (156-6).  Primarily a pole vaulter and heptathlete, she will take this weekend to focus on the pole vault, 200m dash, 100m hurdles, and long jump.

After a clutch shot put performance at the SEC Indoor Championships, sophomore Jill Rushin returned to the event last weekend with an outdoor PR mark of 16.19m (53-1.5) to take the win and No. 13 spot in NCAA D1.

Also hitting the track this weekend is school record-holder, senior Laura Roxberg.  Roxberg holds the outdoor 1500m Missouri School Record (4:16.51), along with the indoor mile Record, which she broke for the second time this past indoor season with a 4:34.59 finish at the Husky Classic.  Roxberg was Runner-Up in the mile at the SEC Indoor Championships and competed at the NCAA National Championships last month.  She will begin her outdoor season this weekend with the 800m run.

Junior Chris Spudic will be back in the 3000m Steeplechase competition this weekend after breaking the Missouri Relays meet record (9:13.46) in his first outdoor showing as a Tiger.  Spudic came to Mizzou this year as a five-time NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) All-American, including the 2012 3k Steeplechase National Championship title. 

Another name to watch out for is that of freshman Kyle Smith, whose 14.07 performance in the 110m hurdles last weekend has him in the No. 27 spot on the rankings.

Men's hammer will kick off the competition on Saturday with a 10:30 a.m. start.  Running events will go off at 5:00 p.m. with the 4x100m relay.  For the latest updates on your Tigers, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.



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