May 8, 2013
Columbia, Mo. – Mizzou is welcoming some of the strongest track & field programs in the nation this week as Columbia becomes host to the 2013 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Audrey Walton Stadium (May 9 - May 12). The first meet of the Championship season, it’s looking to be an exciting weekend with performances from the nation’s best. Included in this list are a slew of Mizzou’s very own who will look to defend their home track at Walton Stadium throughout the Thursday-Sunday Championship event.
Certainly one of the highlights of this list is the only Tiger Track & Field SEC Champion thus far in freshman Markesh Woodson. Woodson, who battled out some of the top sprinters in the country to earn his 60m dash title in February, will be back on the track for the 100m dash this weekend. Once again, he will come head-to-head with some of the best, with five of the top ten times in the current national rankings belonging to the SEC. Woodson currently falls at No. 17 in the national rankings after his 10.28 performance at the Drake Relays two weeks ago, and enters the meet at No. 7 in the SEC. Woodson, along with coach Kareem Streete-Thompson, were honored earlier this week at the ROARs Award Ceremony as Male Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year.
Joining him on the men’s side is senior Dan Quigley, who took down his own school record earlier this season in the 5k, running 13:43.38 to finish 16th overall, the 5th collegiate in during the Elite Men’s 5k at Mt. SAC. Quigley enters the weekend ranked 2nd in the SEC, 14th in the nation.
The final men’s school record holder hitting the track this weekend is senior Max Storms
, who will battle it out in his event-of-choice: 10,000m run. Storms currently holds the school record time of 29:15.61, a time almost reached again this year after he finished in 29:25.42 at the Stanford Invitational. He is ranked fourth in the SEC currently, and will look forward to a tight race for those All-SEC spots.
Some other key players to look out for on the men’s side are senior Blake Irwin in the 800m, senior Malcolm Pennix in the long jump, junior Hayden Legg in the 10k, sophomore Macauley Garton in the javelin, freshman Sam Dickerson in the 3k steeplechase, sophomore Brian Duncan in the hammer throw, freshman Tony Carodine in the triple jump, and sophomore Ser Whitaker in the decathlon. All eight are going into the weekend in scoring position for the Tigers, and will look toward those top three spots and an All-SEC honor.
The women are also entering with their share of school record holders, starting with sophomore Kearsten Peoples. Peoples came out of her freshman year with two school records in the shot put and discus, a Big 12 Title in the discus, a pair of All-American finishes, and 4th place at the US Olympic Trials. Peoples is in good form for redemption in the shot put competition this week, and is also slated to defend home turf in the hammer and discus. She is currently ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 6 in the nation for the shot put, No. 3 in the SEC for the discus, and No. 6 in the SEC for the hammer throw.
The final two record holders for the black and gold are senior Laura Roxberg and sophomore Katrine Haarklau, both of whom earned those top marks two weeks ago at the Drake Relays. Haarklau, who already holds the outdoor school record in the pole vault (4.20m / 13-9.25), added javelin to that list after marking a throw of 49.56m (162-7). She is currently ranked No. 4 in the SEC in the javelin, No. 6 in the pole vault.
Roxberg, who also holds the indoor mile record, is currently ranked at No. 7 in the nation, No. 4 in the SEC, for the 1500m after breaking her own school record with a 4:13.53 finish. The race will be a tight one, with the top five times entering the meet all within five seconds.
Some other women to watch throughout the weekend include junior Bethany Pfeiffer in the hammer throw and javelin, sophomore Jill Rushin in the discus and shot put, senior Cortni Ervin in the hammer and shot put, and junior Hailey Twietmeyer in the javelin. All four women are in scoring position for their respective events.
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