Sophomore Katrine Haarklau will compete in her first heptathlon competition as a Tiger this weekend at Ole Miss
April 12, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - Less than a month out from the SEC Championships here in Columbia (May 9-12), the Tigers hit the road once more, Oxford-bound for the Ole Miss Invitational. This will be the first opportunity for the combined event squad to compete in the Decathlon and Heptathlon this spring. The meet will start Saturday morning, and conclude on Sunday with the final few events for the combined competition.
Sophomores Katrine Haarklau, Morgan Whitson, Tim Gilman, Ser Whitaker, senior Kelcy Vanarsdall, and freshman Kyle Smith will represent the black and gold in the combined events. The weekend will consist of seven events for the women's heptathlon and ten events for the men's decathlon. This will be the first outdoor multi-event competition for Haarklau and Smith as members of Tigers Track & Field.
The women's competition will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday with the 100m hurdles, and will continue with the high jump, shot put, and end with the 200m dash at 4:15 pm. They will be back to work Sunday morning with the long jump, javelin, and finish out the grueling weekend with the 800m run.
The men will start off at 10:10 am on Saturday with the 100m dash, followed by the long jump, shot put, high jump, and 400m dash at 4:25 pm. The final half of the competition kicks off Sunday morning with the 110m hurdles, discus, javelin, pole vault, and finally the 1500m run.
Returning to the track after a successful trip last weekend to Alabama will be sophomores Jill Rushin and Macauley Garton, and junior Hailey Twietmeyer. Rushin threw a PR to win the shot put competition for the second meet in a row last weekend, ending with a top mark of 16.52m (54-2.25). She is ranked at No. 14 in the nation. Garton also came away with a win, throwing a PR of 69.56m (228-2.5) in the javelin on his final attempt to take the lead and the No. 4 spot on the All-Time Top Ten list in Missouri History. He takes over the No. 12 spot in the nation.
Also taking over a spot on the All-Time List for the javelin is junior Hailey Twietmeyer, who threw 48.04m (157-7.25) to earn the No. 3 spot in Missouri's History, and No. 19 on the national rankings.
Other nationally ranked Tigers who will see action this weekend are freshman Markesh Woodson (100m dash), sophomore Jonathan Ilori (triple jump), freshman Tony Carodine (triple jump), senior Cortni Ervin (shot put), senior Laura Greenfield (shot put), junior Katie Evans (discus), sophomore Brian Duncan (hammer), senior Jacob Bullinger (hammer), and junior Bethany Pfeiffer (hammer, javelin). Two of the six Tigers competing in the combined event competition also broke into the national rankings, with Haarklau landing at No. 21 in the javelin, and Smith at No. 35 in the 110m hurdles.
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