Bradley Davis, 23 Sports

Fayetteville, AK: This past weekend, Mizzou track athletes competed in the Tyson Invitational indoor meet in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Despite also having athletes at the Iowa State Classic, Mizzou still had seven athletes with top three finishes in their respective events.

On the women’s side, three athletes managed to make the podium. Junior transfer student Jordan McClendon continued her dominant season as the Tigers’ sole first place finisher on either the men’s and women’s side with her 20.55m throw in the weight competition. McClendon current holds the second best throw in program history with her throw of 21.74m from earlier this season. Following close behind was her teammate CeCe Johnson who finished second in women’s weight with a throw of 18.51. In the running events, Jordyn Kleve was Mizzou’s top placer, finishing third in the 3000m run with a time of 10:04.11.

The men’s team put four athletes in the top three of their respective events, with Senior Zach Cook as the top finisher, placing second in the one mile run with a time of 4:16.70. A season best and near personal record for Cook, who ran a 4:15.86 at the Razorback invitational his sophomore season. Sophomore Dylan Quisenberry finished closely behind Cook, finishing third in the one mile with a time of 4:21.87, his fastest time since high school. Junior Justin Loquercio also managed a personal record, placing third in the 3000m run in 8:32.07, smashing his previous best of 8:44.89. Rounding out the podium athletes for the men was freshman phenom Georgi Nachev, who placed third in the triple jump with a 15.42m. Nachev was the only Mizzou athlete on the men’s side to place in a field event.

Next the Tigers will be hosting the Missouri Collegiate Challenge on February 16th, where they will compete in their last regular season indoor track meet of the season before heading back to Fayetteville to compete in the SEC championships February 22nd.