Nathalie Jones, 23 Sports Reporter
The Crimson Tide Invitational was a success for Missouri track and field, as both days were filled with top finishes.
The Tigers recorded five top-five finishes in the first day, including a third-place mark in javelin from Reinhard Van Zyl. The remaining top finishes were recorded in men’s and women’s hammer throw and the women’s 5000m.
Two Mizzou athletes found success at the javelin, as Alex Pascal finished right behind Van Zyl in fourth place. Van Zyl posted a throw of 66.49m on his fifth toss, while Pascal found his season-best of 66.23.
The hammer throwers found just as much success, as three top-five finishes were recorded. On the women’s end, Rebecca Keating finished fourth among the competition. Keating recorded a 57.89m throw, just missing her personal best by two feet.
The men followed as Ahren Bohanan and Patrick Kunza finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Kunza posted a personal best throw of 57.91m to earn sixth place and Bohanan recorded a 58.22m throw for the fifth-place finish.
To finish the day, Nicole Mello finished in the top five in the 5000m run. She crossed the finish line with a time of 16:58.24.
The second day was just as fruitful for the Missouri Tigers as top 10 marks were set yet again. Among the top marks were Karissa Schweizer in 1500m dash, as well as the women’s 4×100 relay team of LaQuisha Jackson, Tsai-Anne Joseph, Maya Cody and Sandrae Farquharson.
Schweizer posted a second-place finish in the 1500m run with a personal-best of 4:15.77. The time still ranks second in Mizzou program history.
Among the other top finishes was the women’s 4x100m relay. The girls passed the finish line with a time of 45.00. The squad of Cody, Jackson, Joseph and Farquharson posted third in the event, behind two Alabama teams.
The Missouri Tigers found success on both days of the Crimson Tide Invitational and will look to continue rolling with that success, as they will travel back to Columbia to host the Tom Botts Invitational on April 14 and 15.