Four Tigers Qualify for NCAA Indoor Track Championships

Saturday, March 2-

Sophomore Katrina Haarlkau was the lone Missouri Tiger that went down to Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend for the final qualifier meet to qualify for the NCAA Championships next weekend. Haarklau had her best showing of the year with a vault of 4.03 meters and a strong fourth place finish. Unfortunately, that was not enough as she would have had to vault 4.22 meters or higher for a chance to qualify.

The Tigers had five other members of the team also compete at qualifier meets. All five of were throwers. Senior Brooks Mosier, sophomore Jill Rushin and sophomore Kearsten Peoples competed in the shot put and senior Jacob Bullinger and junior Brian Duncan competed in the weight throw at the Iowa State Qualifier. All five placed in the top 10 of their events at this meet however only Peoples will be moving on to the NCAA Championships.

The Tigers will send four members of the track team to Arkansas next weekend to compete for Mizzou at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.

Senior Laura Roxberg will be running the mile for the Tigers. She comes into the meet at No. 8 in the country, with a time of 4:34.59. Roxberg got second place last weekend in the SEC Indoor championships. She has finished in the top 10 of every single race she has been in this year and has won three of them.

Sophomore Kearsten Peoples will be competing in the shot put. Peoples did not actually place in the shot put at the SEC championships as she faulted on all three of her throws. She is however, still the 13th best shot-putter in the nation with a throw of 16.87 meters at the Cyclone Holiday Preview back in December. Peoples finished 3rd in the SEC in the weight throw but was shy of meeting the qualifying mark.

Senior Malcolm Pennix is the one jumper for Missouri as he heads down to Arkansas competing in the long jump. Pennix has the ninth furthest jump in the country this year with a leap of 7.82 meters. Malcom jumped this on the way to a fifth place finish as the SEC championships. Pennix finished in the top 10 in every meet as he primarily jumped the long jump and occasionally ran the 60-meter dash.

The star of the Missouri track team heading down south will be Markesh Woodson. Woodson was recently named the SEC freshman of the year as he sprinted his way to a conference championship in the 60-meter dash. Woodson broke the school record in the 60 meters four different times this season. He currently holds the third fastest time in the country with a 6.60-second run. He was the first Tiger to ever win an SEC championship and he looks to become the first track athlete to win an NCAA Championship.

These four Tigers will take on the country next weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.

-John Flattery
Staff Writer
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