Mizzou ends Tyson Invitational with school record

By: Mauricio Venegas, 23 Sports

Sunday, Feb. 15-

The Missouri track team closed the Tyson Invitational at Fayetteville, Ark., with several records.The Tigers came out with six new records, with two coming from sophomore LaQuisha Jackson, which had an impressive day by dropping the school record in the 200m dash down to just 23.58 seconds.

This was the final meet of the regular season, as the team is now preparing for the SEC Championship which takes place in two weeks.

The only sprint event of the day, the 200m dash had two Tigers competing, and both came out of the Randal Tyson Track Center with new PR marks, breaking some old school records. Jackson, who has broken the record once before two weeks ago, broke the 1989 record by Natasha Kaiser-Brown , coming in with a 23.58 time. Jackson has been performing at a great level for the Tigers recently, as she came into weekend ranked in the top 15 for the 60m dash, and after the meet, she should be adding her name into the top 20 list for the 200m dash with her performance this weekend.

Kwadarrius Smith, a freshma also in the 200m dash, crossed the finish line with the clock recording a 21.44 time, which adds him to the events all-time top ten results. Smith, which already has an impressive resume for the Tigers, now adds a No.3 all-time performance in the 200m dash to his records.

In the distance events, some other PR performances came trough. To start off, in the women’s category, Liz Reida, came in seventh in the 3000m run, with the junior recording a time of 9:38.57, a ten-second PR that leaves her just off the all-time top ten list of the event. Furthermore, Teylar Adelsberg, , and senior Courtney Wood also hit personal records, timing 10:02.94 and 10:11.66 in the competition.

On the men’s side, junior Sam Dickerson finished second in the field, recording a new PR at 8:15.94, leaving him as close as a tenth of a second from knocking out Dan Roe, a teammate, out of the all-time top ten list.

Finally, throw events closed the meet once again, with seniors Kearsten Peoples and Jill Rushin, taking on the shut pot for the Invitational.. Together, the pair record seven All- American honors and three SEC titles in shot put between the two, and they were both placed in the nation’s top 15 ranking before this weekend’s event. Rushin ended second in the competition with a mark of 16.98m, while Peoples came in eighth.

The Tigers will be hosting the Missouri Collegiate Challengeon home turf next weekend at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. This meet will take place on Friday, February 21.