This will be sophomore Liz Reida's first 5k in the black and gold
April 18, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - Ten Tigers traveled out to Walnut, CA, this week to compete in one of the most anticipated track & field meets in the country: the Mt. SAC Relays. On a track graced by some of the best collegiate and professional track & field athletes in the world, the Mizzou men and women will take the opportunity to showcase their abilities in the mid-distance and distance events.
Competition begins tonight for the black and gold, with junior Chris Spudic and freshman Sam Dickerson hitting the track for the men's 3k Steeplechase. Spudic, who premiered the season with a Missouri Relays record-breaking performance of 9:13.46, will hope to take advantage of the strong field and solidify his NCAA Preliminary Round qualification. Dickerson enters the Olympic Development field ranked at No. 22 in the nation, and will look to continue dropping his 8:56.75 PR from the Crimson Tide Invitational.
Also hitting the track tonight are junior Hayden Legg and senior Phil Bascio with their first 10k competitions of the season. Legg will be up first with the invitational section, followed by Bascio in the first of the open sections.
The Tigers' 5k athletes will compete tomorrow, starting with senior Dan Quigley in the invitational section. Quigley is the school recorder in the event, breaking it for the first time at Mt. SAC last year running a 13:55.46, and broke it a second time this year at the Stanford Invitational, finishing second in 13:55.44. Senior Max Storms and sophomore Eric Dillon will follow in the first open section. Storms is the current school record holder in the 10k, also broken at Mt. SAC last year when he ran 29:15.61.
Rounding out Friday's competition will be senior Bailey Belvis and sophomore Liz Reida in their first 5k competitions of the season.
Senior Blake Irwin will be the Tigers' lone competitor on Saturday and will compete in the Olympic Development section of the 800m. Irwin enters the competition ranked at No. 18 in the nation, No. 3 in the SEC.
Schedule of Events (times listed are in CST)
|4:15 PM||3k Steeplechase - Men's Open B|
|5:00 PM||3k Steeplechase - Men's Olympic Development|
|6:40 PM||10k - Men's Invitational|
|9:00 PM||10k - Men's Open A|
|9:10 PM||5,000m - Men's Invitational|
|9:40 PM||5,000m - Men's Open A|
|10:33 PM||5,000m - Women's Open B|
|11:10 PM||5,000m - Women's Open C|
|12:25 PM||800m - Men's Olympic Development|
The rest of the Tigers squad will be in Iowa this weekend for the Iowa Musco Twilight. For the latest updates on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.
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