May 17, 2012
Columbia, MO -
University of Missouri freshman Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS) has been named Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Outstanding Freshman of the Year. Peoples becomes the first Missouri female to win the award in the program's last season competing in the Big 12 Conference.
At last week's Big 12 Championships hosted by Kansas St. University, Peoples scored 18 points for the Tigers. After taking second place on Saturday in the shot put with a toss of 17.65 meters (57'11"), Peoples stepped up Sunday to take the discus title with a throw of 54.38 meters (178'5"). Both marks were Missouri school records.
Peoples has enjoyed a banner year for the Tigers. To go along with her two school records, Peoples has set meet records in the shot put en route to victories at the Missouri Relays, LSU Invitational: Battle on the Bayou, Missouri Tom Botts Invitational, and Kansas Relays. She was also named Most Outstanding Performer at the Tom Botts Invitational for her victories in the shot put and hammer throw, along with a second place in the discus.
Going into the NCAA West Preliminary Round hosted by the University of Texas in Austin next week, Peoples currently ranks 5 th in the NCAA in the shot put, 22nd in the discus, and is in the top 50 in the hammer throw with a season best mark of 58.42 meters (191'8").
"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 Head Track and Field Coach Brett Halter. "I am thrilled for her and proud of her intense efforts leading into
the NCAA Championships."
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