May 6, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - For the second consecutive week, the Mizzou Track & Field women have found themselves in the top 15 of the national rankings, coming in at No. 14 in the USTFCCCA's release on Tuesday. The Tigers dropped one spot after their No. 13 ranking last week, the highest for either team since the weekly rankings began in 2008.
This week's release comes after the final weekend of regular season competition for the Tigers; they hosted the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday for the Tom Botts Invitational. The women emerged from the meet victorious over Wisconsin, while the men fell by two points. By the day's end, the black and gold earned 20 event wins, 15 personal records (PR's), and three new All-Time Top Ten marks from junior Jill Rushin (shot put), sophomore Drake Stuedemann (400-meter hurdles), and the women's 4x100-meter relay.
Rushin's PR in the shot put, 17.62m (57-9.75) moved her up in the national rankings and she now sits behind teammate Kearsten Peoples at No. 2 in the nation. The pair also hold two spots in the top 20 world rankings, according to the IAAF, with Peoples at No. 10 and Rushin at No. 16 for the shot put.
The teams are now in their final preparations before the championship season begins next week with the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships starting Thursday, May 15, and running through Sunday, May 18, in Lexington, Ky. The SEC continues to hold the most top-25 ranked teams in the nation with nine men's and eight women's teams making the rankings.
NCAA Women's Top 25
4. Texas A&M
10. Southern California
11. Florida State
16. Arizona State
17. San Diego State
18. Mississippi State
19. Penn State
20. Virginia Tech
21. Texas Tech
23. NC State
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