June 14, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri Men's and Women's Track and Field teams added more honors to their banner 2012 Track & Field season with six individuals receiving All-America honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this week.
Leading the way was freshman Kearsten Peoples (Ottawa, KS) with First-Team All-America honors in both the shot put and discus. Peoples earned a pair of sixth place finishes at the NCAA Championships in each event. She was also named honorable mention team for her performance in the hammer throw. Peoples had a historic year, shattering Missouri school records in the shot put (17.74 meters) and the discus (55.60 meters) and earned Big 12 Outstanding Freshman for the outdoor track & field season.
Joining Peoples with First-Team All-America honors for the men was Ricky West (Scarborough, Ontario) in the 800 meters. West, the 2012 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Champion in the 800 meters, added another All-America honor to go along with his from the indoor season. His 1:46.47 was good enough for sixth place at the NCAA Championships. West ran a personal best of 1:46.41 in the semi-final round.
Earning Second-Team All-America for the Tigers was freshman Katrine Haarklau (Bergan, Norway) in the pole vault. Haarklau set the Missouri school record with a leap of 4.20 meters (13'9.25") earlier in the season. Receiving Honorable Mention All-America was Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, KS) in the 1,500 meters, Jill Rushin (Jackson, MO) in the shot put, and Dan Quigley (St. Louis, MO) in the 5,000 meters. Both Roxberg and Quigley set school records in their events during the season as well.
The Tigers will now turn to USA National Championship meets beginning this weekend in Bloomington, IN where the University of Indiana will host the USATF Jr. National Championships. The meet will feature the top track and field athletes from across the United States under the age of 20. Competing for Missouri will be freshman MaCauley Garton
(Shawnee, KS) in the javelin and Bryant Blahnik
(Red Wing, MN) in the 5,000 meters. Both athletes will compete on Friday.
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