Mizzou closes out John McDonnell Invite with two school records

Danny Shin, 23 Sports

Sunday, April 24–

Records were falling left and right for Mizzou Track and Field in Fayetteville, Arkansas this past weekend. Overall, the Tigers departed the John McDonnell Invitational on Saturday with a total of 23 personal records, 12 All-Time Top Ten finishes and five event wins over the two days of competition.

In the women’s 100m hurdles, junior Valerie Thames blew past the school record by 0.19-seconds with her 13.29 finish. Senior Alyssa Felton also ran the third-fastest time in school history with a new personal record of 13.60.

The women’s 4x100m relay continued their record-breaking season, finishing second and notching a new school record of 44.54. This is the second consecutive record breaking time for the group of Felton, freshman Maya Cody, junior LaQuisha Jackson and senior Jacqueline Obi, who timed through with a school record last week at the Tom Botts Invitational (44.80).

In just his second start of the season, freshman Kahamari Montgomery took first in the men’s 400m dash. His winning time of 46.00 is the second-fastest in Mizzou history. Sophomore Karissa Schweizer also came through with a big win on Saturday in the women’s 1500m, clocking in at 4:17.47.

Saturday’s field events also saw some exciting finishes, including a new personal best in the pole vault from Matthew Ludwig. The freshman placed first in the field with a top bar of 5.30m, good enough for third in the Mizzou All-Time Top Ten. Sophomore John Warren also finished first in the men’s triple jump with a 15.79m jump.

In the men’s javelin, the duo of sophomore Alex Pascal and junior Reinhard Van Zyl finished first and second in the field, respectively. Pascal’s final toss of 73.52 earned him a new personal best while Van Zyl finished with a top throw 71.52m.

The Tigers now look ahead to the Memphis Invitational, their final meet of the season, on April 29-30. For more information on the Tigers, be sure to follow @MIZ_TrackField on Twitter or check out mutigers.com.