May 28, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Twenty-two Tigers are making the trek down to Fayetteville, Ark., this week for the NCAA Championships West Preliminary Rounds, beginning Thursday and lasting through Saturday evening. Featuring the region's top 48 competitors in each event, the meet serves as the first round to the NCAA Championships with the top 12 of each event making it to the final round in Eugene, Ore., beginning June 11th.
The women enter the meet after an exciting regular season, culminating in the highest in-season ranking yet for the program in the national polls at No. 13 and a sixth-place finish at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships two weeks ago. They currently hold the No. 17 spot in the national polls with 15 women making the Preliminary Round roster.
Among those 15 names are juniors Kearsten Peoples and Jill Rushin, who currently own the No. 1 and No. 2 marks in the NCAA for the shot put, respectively. The pair is coming off of a 1-2 finish in the event at the SEC Championships, where Rushin took home her first conference title and Peoples placed second. They both made the NCAA Championships during the indoor season for the shot put, with Peoples finishing third and Rushin sixth to earn All-American honors.
Both Peoples and Rushin will double-up in the shot put and discus, and will be joined by senior Katie Evans in the shot put competition. All three are All-Time Top Ten in their respective events, with Peoples holding the Mizzou School Records in both shot put and discus, followed by Rushin in the No. 2 spot for both events. Evans made her first appearance on the All-Time Top Ten list this season for the shot put, and currently sits at No. 6.
Fellow-Missouri School Record holders senior Hailey Twietmeyer and junior Katrine Haarklau will also be taking to the track this weekend in the javelin and pole vault, respectively. Haarklau's record mark came at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she placed fifth in the pole vault field with a top bar of 4.35m (14-3.25). Twietmeyer overcame Haarklau's previous record in the javelin earlier this year at the Missouri Relays, winning the meet with a toss of 51.17m (167-10).
Haarklau is one of three women in a strong Mizzou pole vault contingent to make the West Prelims. Joining her is senior Heather Green and junior Maggie Givens, who are both tied at 4.00m (13-1.5) for the No. 3 spot in the Mizzou All-Time Top Ten.
The high jump will also feature a trio of women in the black and gold, led by current No. 10 All-Time junior Morgan Whitson. She will be joined by senior Shinelle Proctor and junior Camille Hayes in the field.
Rounding out the field events for the Tigers is sophomore Kerri Furbert, who is set to make her West Prelims debut in the long jump.
On the track, freshman Kaitlyn Fischer will once again take to the line in the 10,000-meter run after her fourth-place finish at the SEC Championships, which earned her a spot on the All-SEC Freshman Team. She sits at No. 3 in the record books with her PR of 34:08.50 from the Stanford Invitational earlier this season.
Fellow-freshman Kayla Wolf also made an immediate impact on the record books, making the West Prelims with her No. 10 All-Time 1500-meter performance of 4:24.53.
Junior Courtney Wood will look to continue her season of PR performances in the 3000-meter Steeplechase, the most recent of which earned her a fourth-place finish at the SEC Championships. She currently holds the No. 2 All-Time mark of 10:21.32 in the event.
Closing out the women's roster is junior Landon Wachter in the women's 800-meter run field.
The men's side also features a group of All-Time Top Ten performers, starting with the pair of triple jumpers, junior Jonathan Ilori (No. 4) and sophomore Tony Carodine (No. 5). Both are ranked in the top 20 of the field, with Ilori coming in at No. 13 and Carodine at No. 17.
The pair of junior throwers, Brian Duncan and Macauley Garton, close out the field event qualifiers for the men. Duncan currently holds the No. 9 spot in the Mizzou Record Books for the hammer throw. Garton is No. 3 in school history for the javelin, and enters the meet ranked at No. 5 in the region.
On the track, sophomore Markesh Woodson will take to the blocks to punch his second ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He finished tenth in the Championship field last year as a freshman and currently holds the No. 3 time on the All-Time Top Ten list for Mizzou.
Tyler Schneider, the sole freshman qualifier on the men's side, will toe the line for the 5000-meter run. His PR of 14:08.11 from the Mt. SAC Relays in April has him at No. 4 All-Time for the event.
Rounding out the men's squad is sophomore Sam Dickerson, who moved up into the No. 5 spot on the 3000-meter Steeplechase All-Time Top Ten list after his winning performance of 8:51.74 at the Crimson Tide Invitational earlier this season.
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12:00 p.m. Women's Javelin (Hailey Twietmeyer)
2:00 p.m. Women's Long Jump (Kerri Furbert)
5:30 p.m. Men's Javelin (Macauley Garton)
6:00 p.m. Women's 1500m Run (Kayla Wolf)
6:30 p.m. Women's Shot Put (Katie Evans | Kearsten Peoples | Jill Rushin)
6:30 p.m. Women's Pole Vault (Maggie Givens | Heather Green | Katrine Haarklau)
6:30 p.m. Men's 100m Dash (Markesh Woodson)
8:35 p.m. Women's 800m Run (Landon Wachter)
9:40 p.m. Women's 10,000m Run (Kaitlyn Fischer)
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