Big 12 Track & Field Championships Wrap Up

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Missouri freshman Jonathon Ilori

May 16, 2012

Final Results

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri Men's and Women's Track and Field teams ended the Big 12 Track & Field Championships in dramatic fashion, as the Tigers set two more Missouri school records on Sunday. In all, the weekend saw 4 new records set, all coming from the Tiger ladies squad. To go along with records set by Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, MO) in the 400-meter hurdles and Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS) in the shot put on Saturday, Peoples broke her own mark in the discus on Sunday and Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, KS) joined her shortly after in shattering the 1,500 meter record.

In team scoring the Missouri women finished seventh with 60 points, while the men were tenth with 52 points. The Big 12 was the only men's conference in the NCAA where all teams scored more than 50, displaying the overall depth and strength of the conference.

"A great, competitive weekend for the Tigers!", said Men's and Women's Head Track and Field Coach Brett Halter. "Our focus and competitive efforts were certainly as good as they have been all year."

For the women, Sunday belonged to Peoples and Roxberg. Coming into the discus competition as the fifth ranked thrower in the Big 12, Peoples rose to the occasion and to win with her effort on her 4th attempt. Her toss of 54.38 meters (178'5"), broke her own school record set two weeks prior at the Drake Relays. It was the second school record in as many days for Peoples, as she also bettered her own school record on Saturday finishing in the runner-up spot in the shot put with a throw of 17.65 meters (57'11").



"Kearsten worked awful hard over the last year to have the opportunity to line up against the nation's best and show everyone what she can do," commented Halted. "I am thrilled for her and proud of her intense efforts leading into the NCAA Championships."

Roxberg found herself in a familiar position as well, running away from the 1,500-meter field early on to claim the Big 12 title just as she did in the indoor championships in the mile. Going out in a blistering 2:12 through the 800-meter mark, Roxberg finished with a time of 4:16.71, nearly two seconds better than the previous school record mark set by Tiger All-American Ann Marie Brooks in 2001.

"Laura ran a really bold race, taking it out hard from the gun," said women's distance coach Rebecca Wilmes. "She executed a gutsy race plan and it was just thrilling to watch her win it."

Also adding to the Tiger point total for the women on the final day of competition was the 4x100 meter relay team of Lauren Flaker (Columbia, MO), Sierra Gant (Wichita, KS), Cara Forte (Kansas City, MO), and She'Rone Greenlaw (Chicago, IL) finishing in seventh place with a time of 46.76. Two Tigers earned All-Big 12 honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as the freshman duo of Courtney Wood (Neosho, MO) and Liz Reida (Springfield, MO) placed sixth and eighth respectively. Wood ran 10:52.31 and Reida 11:02.66, personal best for each. Kaitie Vanatta (Littleton, CO) also received All-Big 12 honors once again, placing fifth in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:36.75.

Coming back from her record setting performance on Saturday in the 400-meter hurdle preliminaries, Farmer finished seventh in a loaded field. On the weekend, 7 of the 8 finalists in the event had at least one performance hitting the USA Olympic Trials "B" standard. "Leslie had a good weekend in her final Big 12 Championship. Her performance in the prelims was an example of what it takes to make finals in some events in our league; and it took her running a school record", said coach Derrick Peterson. "I'm very proud of every accomplishment Farmer has had since we started this journey."

The Missouri men had many great performances as well, highlighted by exciting runner up finishes from Ricky West (Scarborough, Ontario) in the 800 meters, Jonathon Ilori (United Kingdom) in the triple jump, and Dan Quigley (St. Louis, MO) in the 5,000 meters.

The 2012 Big 12 Indoor Champion in the 800, West controlled much of the last half of the race and ended up second with a time of 1:47.33. "Ricky ran tough this weekend. Though he came up a bit short of a championship, he ran a great race and did everything right," commented Peterson. "West's dedication to being great is continuing to be displayed in the championship season. I look for him to add more accolades to the rich tradition of 800 meter runners at the University of Missouri."

For Ilori, it was his first taste of Big 12 Championship competition, after redshirting the winter season. The freshman did not disappoint, leaping to a personal best of 15.57 meters (51'1") in the triple jump. Teammate Jeremy Lampley (Ballwin, MO) was right behind in seventh with a mark of 15.02 meters (49'3.5").

The men's 5,000 meters brought the crowd to it's feet as many different individuals led at points throughout. While never taking the lead, Quigley ran in the top 5 of the large and NCAA deep field most of the race. Coming from fifth going into the final homestretch, Quigley just ran out of room in catching eventual champion George Alex of Oklahoma. Quigley's time of 14:01.84 was just behind George's time of 14:01.17.

"I couldn't be more proud of the race Dan ran," said men's distance coach Joe Lynn. "Going in we just wanted to position ourselves to score as many points for the team as possible, whatever place that may be. Dan ran smart and tough, never giving in on the many lead changes and surges . This definitely gives us confidence moving into the next portion of our season."

Also receiving All-Big 12 honors for the Tigers was senior Kellyn Fogarty (Marshalltown, IA) in 400-meter hurdles. Fogarty finished in seventh with a time of 52.70. The 4x400 meter relay team of Ryan Blackwell (Fenton, MO), Blake Irwin (Bettendork, IA), Matt Pickerel (Columbia, MO), and West ran a season best time of 3:10.69 to place seventh as well.

The Tigers will now wait to see who gets selected to compete in next week's NCAA West Regional Preliminary Round held at the University of Texas in Austin, TX. The field is expected to be announced on Thursday, with the top 48 individuals declared in each event selected.

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Missouri Big 12 Championships Performances:


Hammer Throw

1st Alena Krechyk JR Kansas 69.02m 226'5"
7th Megan Collins JR Missouri 55.19m 181'1"
8th Melissa Coil SR Missouri 54.64m 179'3"
9th Cortni Ervin JR Missouri 54.03m 177'3"
13th Bethany Pfeiffer SO Missouri 53.23m 174'8"
14th Amanda Peiffer SR Missouri 52.82m 173'3"

Discus Throw

1st Kearsten Peoples FR Missouri 54.38m 178'5" *
10th Jill Rushin FR Missouri 47.29m 155'2"

Long Jump

1st Francine Simpson JR Kansas 6.67m 21'10.75"
7th Erika Miller SO Missouri 5.66m 18'7"

Pole Vault

1st Natasha Masterson JR Texas 4.13m 13'6.5"
5th Heather Green JR Missouri 3.98m 13'0.75"

High Jump

1st Shanay Briscoe SO Texas 1.86m 6'1.25"
9th Camille Hayes SO Missouri 1.75m 5'8.75"

Shot Put

1st Tia Brooks JR Oklahoma 18.22m 59'9.5"
2nd Kearsten Peoples FR Missouri 17.65m 57'11" *
11th Cortni Ervin JR Missouri 15.01m 49'3"
14th Jill Rushin FR Missouri 14.80m 48'6.75"
16th Laura Greenfield JR Missouri 14.62m 47'11.75"

Javelin Throw

1st Brittany Borman SR Oklahoma 55.21m 181'2"
4th Hailey Twietmeyer SO Missouri 46.78m 153'6"
6th Katrine Haarklau FR Missouri 43.99m 144'4"
10th Bethany Pfeiffer SO Missouri 41.17m 135'1"


1st Ryann Krais SR Kansas St. 5661 pts
11th Kelcy Vanarsdall JR Missouri 4839 pts
15th Morgan Whitson FR Missouri 4677 pts

800 Meter Run

1st Natalja Piliusina SO Oklahoma St. 02:05.2
10th Landon Wachter SO Missouri 02:10.1
12th Alison Ross SO Missouri 02:10.6

1,500 Meter Run

1st Laura Roxberg JR Missouri 04:16.7*

5,000 Meter Run

1st Natosha Rogers JR Texas A&M 15:57.2
5th Kaitie Vanatta SO Missouri 16:36.7
16th Bailey Belvis JR Missouri 17:21.4

10,000 Meter Run

1st Natosha Rogers JR Texas A&M 34:18.7
6th Kinsey Farrin SR Missouri 35:54.2

400 Meter Hurdles

5th Leslie Farmer SR Missouri 57.8*
1st Danielle Dowle SO Texas 56.1
7th Leslie Farmer SR Missouri 58.62

3,000 Meter Steeplechase

1st Rebecca Stowe SR Kansas 10:18.1
6th Courtney Wood FR Missouri 10:52.3
8th Liz Reida FR Missouri 11:02.7

4x100 Meter Relay

1st Texas A&M 42.99
7th Missouri (Flaker, Forte, Gant, Greenlaw) 46.76

4x400 Meter Relay

1st Kansas 03:28.1
9th Missouri (Farmer, Webb, Flaker, Greenlaw) 03:45.7

Tom Botts Invitational - Men


1st Nick Miller FR Oklahoma St. 66.00m 216'6"
3rd Jacob Bullinger JR Missouri 61.50m 201'9"
5th Brian Duncan FR Missouri 59.66m 195'9"
12th Tim Opfer SR Missouri 52.86m 173'5"
13th Brooks Mosier JR Missouri 52.15m 171'1"


1st Luke Bryant SR Oklahoma 61.61m 202'2"
9th Brooks Mosier JR Missouri 52.24m 171'5"
13th Alex McDonald SO Missouri 51.95m 170'5"
14th Tim Opfer SR Missouri 51.90m 170'3"

Shot Put

1st Jacob Thormaehlen SR Texas 20.31m 66'7.75"
6th Brooks Mosier JR Missouri 17.96m 58'11.25"
11th Patrick Fitzgerald SR Missouri 16.23m 53'3"
13th Alex McDonald SO Missouri 15.67m 51'5"


1st Sam Humphreys JR Texas A&M 78.98m 259'1"
6th MaCauley Garton FR Missouri 62.85m 206'2"
13th Asa Wyatt SR Missouri 55.25m 181'3"

Pole Vault

1st Kyle Wait SO Kansas St. 5.31m 17'5"
9th Kyle Wessel SO Missouri 5.01m 16'5.25"

Long Jump

1st Marquise Goodwin JR Texas 8.19m 26'10.5"
3rd Malcom Pennix JR Missouri 7.82m 25'8"

Triple Jump

1st Mark Jackson SO Texas 15.93m 52'3.25"
2nd Jonathon Ilori FR Missouri 15.57m 51'1"
7th Jeremy Lampley SO Missouri 15.02m 49'3.5"

800 Meter Run

1st Edward Kemboi SO Iowa St. 01:46.7
2nd Ricky West JR Missouri 01:47.3

1,500 Meter Run

1st Riley Masters JR Oklahoma 03:43.5
14th Merid Seleshi FR Missouri 03:49.3

5,000 Meter Run

1st George Alex SR Oklahoma 14:01.2
2nd Dan Quigley JR Missouri 14:01.8
14th Max Storms JR Missouri 14:28.3
19th Merid Seleshi FR Missouri 14:36.5

400 Meter Hurdles

1st Michael Stigler FR Kansas 49.45
7th Kellyn Fogarty SR Missouri 52.7

4x400m Relay

1st Texas A&M 03:03.0
7th Missouri (Blackwell, Irwin, Pickerel, West) 03:10.7

* denotes school record.

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