Haarklau, Whitson Highlight Husker Invite Day One

Friday, Feb. 2-

The Missouri men’s and women’s track teams sprinted out of the gates on Friday as they took part in Day One of the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. The University of Nebraska hosted the indoor event, which also included SEC rivals Alabama, Auburn and Florida.

It was a rough first day for the Tigers as they failed to take home a first place finish in a single event. However there were a few bright spots for the team, and a few individuals set personal bests.

The first event of the day was the women’s pentathlon and it was a good way to start the competition for sophomores Katrine Haarklau and Morgan Whitson as each beat their previous personal best in one of the five events.

Haarklau earned hers right away as she ran an 8.97 split in the 60-meter hurdles, beating her previous record of 9.05 from earlier in the season. She would go on to finish fifth in the competition.

Whitson broke her personal record of 5.25 meters (17-2.75) in the long jump with a jump of 5.43 meters (17-9.75) in Lincoln. She managed an eighth place finish in the competition.

Next up for the Tigers was the weight throw. The men went first and Jacob Bullinger’s 10th place finish led the squad. For the women, junior Bethany Pfeiffer set her personal best with a measure of 17.67 meters (57-11.75) on her second attempt, good for an eighth place finish. Sophomore Kearsten Peoples was the leader for the team though, finishing third.

After junior Kyle Wessel finished 12th in the pole vault, Mizzou looked to finish its long day on a strong note in the men’s 400-meter dash. Sophomore Drake Stuedemann ran a personal best 49.02, finishing 15th to send the Tigers home for the night.

It isn’t over for Mizzou as the team will be back on the track Saturday morning for day two of the Husker Invitational. The Tigers seek to improve upon the first day’s disappointments for the final day of the competition.

-Mike Bonomo
23 Sports
Staff Writer