Tiger Track Sees Huge Day at Crimson Tide Invite

Sunday, April 7-

Fresh off an impressive performance at the Stanford Invitational, the Missouri track team continued its outstanding play at the Crimson Tide Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Missouri posted 13 new personal records while six performances were added to the list of top 20 Tigers in current NCAA Division 1 rankings, which brings the total to 11 so far this season.

Sophomore Macauley Garton kicked off the day in the javelin throw by improving off of his previous performance with a personal record of 69.56 meters to give him the victory. Garton’s mark destroyed the previous facility record of 63.07 and moved him up to the No. 12 spot in the NCAA D1 National Rankings.

Meanwhile, the women’s javelin competition saw a great showing from the Tigers’ Hailey Twietmeyer. The junior placed third with a toss of 48.04 meters, which places her in the top 20 list at No. 16.

Freshman Sam Dickerson edged out a victory over Alabama’s top man in the steeplechase. Dickerson surpassed the Crimson Tide runner with about 600 meters left and crossed the line at 8:56:75.

The next event of the day was the shot put in which Jill Rushin set a new personal best with a mark of 16.52 meters. But even that was not a team high for the Tigers due to the big day from sophomore Kearsten Peoples who took the win in the event with a solid throw of 16.69 meters. Both Rushin and Peoples moved up in the national rankings with Rushin at No. 10 and Peoples sitting at No. 7.

Senior Laura Roxberg made her outdoor debut something to remember as she nearly topped her school record from last year in the 1500-meter run. Roxberg’s performance lands her at No. 14 in the national rankings.

The Tigers will now prepare for their next meet which will be in Oxford, Miss., for the Ole Miss invitational next Saturday.

-Logan McKee
23 Sports
Staff Writer