Seth Pollock, 23 Sports

The Missouri track and field team competed in 13 events at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Friday and Saturday, seven on the track and six on the field. In four of those field events Missouri was able to bring home victory, and overall the Tigers had 11 top three finishes in the invitational.

Mizzou’s four event wins all took place on Saturday. The first came from junior Becky Keating, who scored a 58.58m (192-2) in the hammer throw, over five full meters ahead of the second place finisher. The next Tiger to win an event was junior Karissa Roman, who achieved a distance of 1.70m in the high jump. In the men’s shot put, junior Will FIfe finished just ahead of second place finisher Corey James, recording a distance of 17.82m to James’ 17.80m. Mizzou got its fourth and final win of the event when sophomore Allie Webb placed first in the javelin. She finished with a distance of 43.74, well ahead of second place finisher and teammate Megan Haley’s 40.05m.

In the track part of the competition, Mizzou received three top three finishes. In the men’s 800m, freshman Chris Conrad scored a 1:51.26 good for third, less than a second behind the first place finisher. Mizzou also got third place in the women’s 800m, a 2:10.78 from freshman Karina Liz, a new personal record. In the men’s 400m hurdles, senior Jerrad Mason finished with a time of 52.25, again less than a second off the first place finisher’s time.

Next up for the Tigers is a tournament Mizzou will host. Missouri will be competing in the Tom Botts Invitational at Audrey Walton Stadium on April 20 through April 21.