Tiger Track and Field In Action Across the Country

Friday, Feb. 8-

Although members of Missouri’s track and field team were over 2,100 miles apart, they competed together in spirit as a small group of the team competed in the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Wash., while the rest of the Tigers traveled to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational.

Sophomore Chris Spudic and senior Max Storms were the only two Tigers to compete in Seattle on Friday. The duo both competed in the men’s 5000-meter run. Spurdic finished 63rd and Storms finished 68th in the field of 84.

In the Tyson invitational, freshman Markesh Woodson ran a personal best time of 6.66 seconds and finished second in his prelim for the 60-meter dash. Woodson continued his strong performance throughout the day, finishing second in his semi-final with a time of 6.67 and qualifying for the final. In the finals Woodson bested his earlier personal best with a time of 6.63 seconds and finished third behind Florida State’s Marvin Bracy and Dentarius Locke.

A duo of ladies, freshman Kerri Furbert and junior Erika Miller, competed in the women’s long jump. Furbert’s longest distance was 5.31 meters while Miller’s longest distance was 5.16. The two finished 31st and 37th respectively out of the field of 46.

Senior Cortni Ervin, junior Bethany Pheiffer, and sophomore Kearsten Peoples competed in the women’s weight throw. Peoples posted the best outing of the three, finishing fourth with a distance of 19.71 meters. Pheiffer was not far behind Peoples, finishing sixth, while Ervin finished 13th.

In the men’s weight throw, senior Jacob Bullinger and junior Brian Duncan had a good showing. Bullinger finished second with a distance of 19.06 meters, which was two meters short of Brandon Pounds of Indiana State, who took the victory. Duncan finished seventh with a throw of 18.42 meters.

Sophomore Katherine Haarklau and senior Heather Green had a disappointing showing in the women’s pole vault. Green ended up 12th with a vault of 3.83 meters, while Haarklau was at the bottom of the leaderboard with a vault of 3.63 meters. Kansas’s Natalia Bartnovskaya took first place with a 4.43-meter vault.

Senior Malcolm Phoenix finished in sixth place in the men’s long jump. Phoenix’s longest jump was 7.48 meters. LSU’s Damar Forbes finished in first with a jump of 7.94 meters.

The Tigers continue competition in both invites Saturday.

-Mitch Urban
23 Sports
Staff Writer