Junior Ann Marie Brooks comes from behind to win the 3000m at the Triangular Friday. She also posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 3000.
Jan. 26, 2001
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri track and field team finished second in the KU-KSU-MU Triangular, but sophomore Christian Cantwell threw an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 70-3.75 in the weight throw Friday evening.
On his first throw of the meet, Cantwell threw a personal best 66-4, then on his second throw he blasted what is now the school, meet and Hearnes Fieldhouse record throw. Cantwell also won the shot put and provisionally qualified with his 60-0.25 mark.
The Kansas State Wildcats with 283 points won the Triangular, which is the only meet in the country scored by one combined team score. Missouri scored 253 points en route to a second-place finish followed by Kansas with 168 points. The Wildcats, for their efforts, were awarded "The Jug" for the 10th time in 12 years.
Junior Ann Marie Brooks came back in the last leg of the 3000-meter run to beat KSU's Amy Mortimer by .14 seconds with a time of 9:28.83. Her time was a provisional qualifying mark and made her the third Tiger to do so this year.
Also winning for the Tigers were seniors Ochuko Ekpere in the long jump (23-1.25), Eli Sommerfeldt in the triple jump (39-4), Jay Meystedt in the high jump (6-11), Ada Ibe in the 400m (58.06) and Ashley Wysong in the 600-yard run (1:23.61). The Tiger women's 4x800m relay team also won with a time of 9:19.83.
On this night a bit of charity was displayed by all three schools as the student-athletes donated toys to the Ronald McDonald House. It was an effort of philanthropy orchestrated by the athletes and their donations were on hand at the meet for everyone to see.
The Tigers hit the road next week for the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame.