Track and Field begins outdoor season at Texas Relays

By Joey Gjata, 23 Sports

Saturday, March 28–

The Missouri Track and Field team began its outdoor season this past weekend at three different events in Texas and Tennessee.

Specifically at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, the Tigers posted impressive times and distances over the three-day competition, highlighted by four All-Time Top Ten marks in program history.

The Tigers had a short day on Thursday as the they only participated in four events–two track and two field events. Freshman Ally Zerbe stole the spotlight for Missouri with a sensational javelin throw of 43.46m, which placed both seventh in the competition and in Mizzou history.

Senior Brian Duncan also had a memorable day making his final outdoor debut with a 13th-place finish in the men’s weight throw (57.69m).

Duncan will look to improve his standing as Mizzou’s ninth ranked hammer thrower in school history this season after his personal best score of 57.69m from a year ago.

On Friday, Mizzou had a full slate of events scheduled and sophomore LaQuisha Jackson led the way with the fifth-fastest 100m dash time in school history at 11.87 seconds.

In only her second season in Columbia, the Tennessee native now owns four All-Time Top Ten marks in program history.

The 4x100m relay team of junior Markesh Woodson, sophomore Jerrad Mason and freshmen Jonathan Holder and Kwadarrius Smith also gave a taste of what is to come for the future in sprints events.

The quad timed in at a solid 40.68 which marked 11th in the meet, but scored the No. 7 spot in the program record books.

In the field, freshman John Warren closed out the day with a 15.62m on triple jump, good for the seventh spot in program history. Warren finished sixth in the competition, while senior teammate Jonathan Ilori finished close behind in eighth with a respectable 15.46m jump.

Other top five notable finishes in the meet included senior Morgan Whitson in high jump (1st–1.76m), senior Katrine Haarklau in pole vault (2nd–4.00m) and senior Macauley Garton in javelin throw (3rd–70.18m). On the track, Woodson also tallied a third best 10.24 in the 100m dash.

Lastly, on Saturday, the Tigers closed out the Texas Relays in grand fashion. Seniors Jill Rushin and Kearsten Peoples made their way up to Austin, Texas, after solid performances down in San Marcos, Texas, in the Bobcat Invitational.

Rushin found herself back at the top of the podium for the second consecutive year at the Texas Relays, retaining her shot put title with a toss of 17.04m. The Jackson, Mo. native also placed sixth in discus earlier in the day with a 52.56m throw.

Rushin’s success on Saturday added to her third place discus finish in the Bobcat Invitational on Thursday to make it a near perfect start to the outdoor season for the senior.

Still on the field, Peoples 16.23m toss in shot put placed her in fourth behind Rushin. The senior finished her busy weekend nicely as well, with two top five finishes in the Relays and in the Bobcat Invitational.

On the track, LaQuisha Jackson notched a time of 23.66 in the 200m dash to place her in fifth. That time just missed out on ranking as the second-fastest time in school history.

Overall, it was an exciting weekend for Mizzou Track and Field, as the No. 15 women’s side looks poised to make a deep run and the glimpses of stellar performance seem promising for the up and coming youth on the men’s side.

After a week off, the Tigers will travel down to Fayetteville, Ark., for the John McDonnell Invitational on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11.