June 3, 2013
Eugene, Ore. - Six Tigers flew out to Eugene, OR, to take on the best of the best in collegiate track & field this week in the NCAA Championships. The four-day meet, kicking off Wednesday, is hosted by the University of Oregon at the historic Hayward Field, and will feature the black and gold among some of the top tier athletes in the U.S.
Kicking off the week for Mizzou is freshman stand-out Markesh Woodson, who is looking to wrap up his historic first year with another All-American finish. The Colorado-native began his career with a school record in the 60m dash during the indoor season, dropping that time at four different meets en route to an SEC title and an All-American finish. Woodson is one of two freshman to make it out of the Preliminary Round two weeks ago, and enters the competition at no. 11 in the nation with his 10.18 third-place finish at the SEC Championships. His semifinal will go off at 5:45 p.m. CST on Wednesday.
Two of the three seniors on the trip will hit the track for their events on Thursday, with Laura Roxberg in the 1500m and Malcolm Pennix in the long jump. This will be Pennix's first outdoor Championship as a Tiger after making it to the Indoor National meet the last two years. Pennix is no stranger to this stage, however, as he entered into his career at Mizzou as the 2010 NJCAA National Champion in the event. He will hit the runway at 4:30 p.m. CST on Thursday.
Roxberg will go off at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday with her second career Outdoor NCAA Championships appearance for the 1500m run. Roxberg broke her own school record in the event earlier this year, hitting 4:13.53 at Drake Relays to bump her up into the top ten in the nation. She still holds that position, entering the competition at no. 7 according to TFRRS (Track and Field Results Reporting System).
Sophomore Katrine Haarklau
will continue the week on Friday with the pole vault competition. She holds school records in the javelin and pole vault, and will look to better the season's best mark of 4.10m (13-5.25) from the SEC Championships. This is her second trip to the Outdoor NCAA Championships
, after finishing 15th last year in the pole vault competition. She will go off at 3:15 p.m. CST on Friday.
Senior Dan Quigley and sophomore Kearsten Peoples round out the Tiger crew with their respective events on Saturday. Peoples will start off the day with the shot put competition at 1:00 p.m. CST. She is no stranger to Hayward Field, competing here last summer at the US Olympic Trials where she took 4th in the shot put competition with a school record throw of 18.22m (59-9.5). That was her second school record mark of the season after putting her name on the board in the discus at last year's NCAA Championships. She earned All-American honors in both events and enters this year's competition at no. 3 in the rankings.
Quigley is also making his second appearance at the NCAA Championships for the 5000m run after competing in the event last year. He also broke his own school record this year with a 13:43.38 finish at the Mt. SAC Relays, giving him the no. 14 ranking going into the meet. He will race at 3:23 p.m. CST on Saturday.
Links to the live stream of the week can be found below, for more information visit the Championship home page here.
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