May 25, 2011
NCAA Championship Central
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou track and field team will head to Eugene, Ore., for the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Championship this weekend at Hayward Field. The meet will begin tomorrow (May 26) and run through Saturday (May 28). The meet gives the qualifying student-athletes a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 8-11. In all, the Tigers qualified 21 student-athletes and one relay team for the preliminary rounds.
The track athletes will need to advance through first round heats and quarterfinals in their respective events in order to advance to the semifinals and finals, which will be held at the second round in Des Moines. However, the 10,000m and 5,000m semifinals will be contested at both of the first round sites, leaving just the finals in those events for Des Moines. The field athletes will need to advance in qualifying rounds in their respective events over the weekend in order to advance to the second round of the Championships in Eugene.
Starting with the men, freshman Tre' Chambers will represent the Tigers in the springs at the Opening Round, qualifying for action in both the 100m and 200m dashes. His season-best times are 10.37 and 21.04 in each event, respectively. Mark Hughes and Chris Davis will also participate in the sprints as Hughes will run in the 400m dash while Davis will run in the 400m hurdles. Keelyn Fogarty also qualified for the 400m hurdles as well. Also in the sprints, the men's 4x400m relay team - comprised of Hughes, Aaron Dixon, Tucker Bounds and Davis - will also compete at the meet. Dixon, with a season-best time of 1:49.46, will also compete in the 800m run, rounding out the Tiger competitors on the track.
In the field events, the Tiger men will also have plenty of representatives. Senior All-American Brian Hancock
will compete in the men's pole vault as he comes in as the No. 8 national seed with his season-best mark of 5.36m. Sophomore Brooks Mosier
has qualified for the shot pot and the discus throw while senior Tim Opfer
will also compete in the discus. Both Chris Holly
and Jacob Bullinger
will also compete in the men's hammer throw, rounding out the competitors for the Tiger men.
On the women's side, the Tiger distance corps highlights the selections. Layne Moore has earned a spot in the 800m run with her season-best time of 2:09.42 while Laura Roxberg will also represent the Tigers in the middle-distance events, earning a spot in the 1,500m run field with her season-best time of 4:25.41. In the distance events, Kaitie Vanatta has qualified for participation in the 5,000m run with a season-best clocking of 16:35.44. Senior Kinsey Farren will also run in the 10,000m run with a time of 35:12.14.
In the sprints, Leslie Farmer, fresh off of resetting her own school record in the 400m hurdles at the Big 12 Championships, will run in the same event at the Opening Round of the Championships. She owns a season-best time of 58.22.
Moving to the field events, plenty of throwers will represent the Tigers at the meet. Laura Greenfield will throw the shot put while Megan Collins and Melissa Coil have qualified in the discus and hammer throws, respectively. Mizzou also qualified two Tiger women in the javelin throw as both Hailey Twietmeyer and Bethany Pfieffer earned a spot at the meet.
For a complete preview of the meet, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and be sure to follow the team on twitter @MIZ_TrackField.