Mitchell Soell, 23 Sports Reporter

The Missouri Tigers track & field team hosted the Tom Bott Invitational this weekend. Making his home debut, freshman James Ward posted a top-five national mark in the long jump on day one of the meet. Ward won the event with a jump of 7.88m (25-10.25). This was one of 16 first places finishes during the meet for the Tigers.

Alongside Ward, redshirt senior Mollie Gribbin placed first in the women’s long jump as she posted a jump of 5.88m (19-3.5) on Friday.

The track events on day one were highlighted by the first-place finishes of redshirt senior Ollie Lockley and redshirt freshman Samantha Farmer. Lockley finished first in the 5000m race with a time of 14:14.78, while Farmer finished with a time of 11:11.35 in the 3000m steeplechase.

Most of the first places medals were earned on day two. Highlighted by sophomore Maya Cody’s performance, the Tigers finished with 12 first place medals on the day. Cody ended up with two of those 12, which earned her the female Most Outstanding Performer award for the meet.

Cody finished top-three in all four of her events, with first place finishes in the 200m dash and the 4×100 relay, along with a second-place finish in the open 100m dash. She started her day with the relay, which followed her individual events.

The Mizzou sprinters pswept all the relays on both the men’s and women’s side, totaling four medals. Along with the relays, the Tigers finished first in the 400m thanks to performances from sophomore Kahmari Montgomery and senior LaQuisha Jackson. Montgomery finished his race with a time of 46.86, beating all competition by a full second. Jackson crossed the finish line with a time of 53.50, which ranks third in school history.

The women’s team finished first with a total of 153 points, 28 points ahead of second-place Nebraska (125 points). The men’s team finished third with a total of 122 points.

Mizzou track and field are back on the track April 21-22, when they travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas.