Mizzou Track and Field Athletes have Strong Performances at their Home Open Meet
Bradley Davis, 23 Sports

COLUMBIA, MO: In the first meet action seen at Audrey J. Walton Stadium this season, Mizzou track and field competed in top form on their home turf. By the time the day was done, eight new top ten marks in Mizzou’s record books had been set and 11 Tigers had posted first place finishes, led by freshman phenom Roberto Vilches, Whose jump of 2.27m made him the top high jumper in the nation so far this season.

On the men’s side, Vilches moved up to second all time for Mizzou high jumpers, jumping just .01m shorter than Nat Page’s record of 2.28m set back in 1979. Sophomore Nylo Clarke snagged seventh all time for Mizzou in the 100m dash, placing third at the meet with a 10.41. In the Hammer Throw, redshirt Senior, Avery Carter, cracked Mizzou’s all time top three, winning the event with a throw of 66.14m. And in the relays, Mizzou’s 4×100 team consisting of Clarke, junior Caulin Graves, redshirt freshman Jayson Ashford, and redshirt sophomore Ja’Mari Ward moved up to eighth all time with their second place finish of 40.53.

On the women’s side, four athletes cemented themselves in Mizzou’s top ten. Freshman Arianna Fisher placed first in triple jump with a distance of 12.58m, third all time for Mizzou. Redshirt Sophomore Sophia Rivera followed suit, moving up to third all time in the discus in her second place meet finish of 55.75m. Junior Allie Webb placed first in the javelin, recording the fifth best throw ever by a Mizzou athlete at 48.24m. And finally, Freshman Morgan O’Neal ran the sixth best 400m hurdle time ever, winning the event in 1:00.83.