Track and Field competes in SEC Championship

By Jacob Seus, 23 Sports

Saturday, Feb. 28-

It’s the biggest time of the year for the track and field team as they headed down to Lexington, Kentucky, for the SEC Championships. The SEC is the power of the track and field world, as the conference holds eight of the top 25 ranked positions.

The women came into the two-day event coming off of their best season ever in regards to national rankings. The Mizzou women are the No.13 team in the country.

The women started off Friday with a bang when Senior Jill Rushin saw herself back on the podium for the fifth consecutive SEC Championship She finished second in the shot with a mark of 17.61M. She was the teams first SEC all finisher of the competition.

Day 1 saw nine new personal records, and three qualifiers into Saturday’s round. The men started the day strong when junior Ser Whitaker had a new PR in the shot and qualified for Saturday.

Following that was a pair of personal records from the men and women by Mitch Hatten and Alyssa Applebee. Hatten had a lifetime best performance in the high jump finishing seventh. Applebee earned a new pole vault PR last weekend and did even better on Friday finishing with a mark of 4.03M.

The runners for Missouri had great performances on Friday, which included a pair of final qualifiers in the 60 M dash by Laquisha Jackson and Markesh Woodson. On the men’s side, Will Crocker qualified for Saturday’s events with a 10th place finish in the mile. The woman’s though continued strong when Teylas Adelsberger finished first in section one of the womans 3000M.

Mizzou’s qualifiers competed on Saturday morning as events continued at the Nutter Fieldhouse.

Woodsen joined Peoples on the podium with a stand out performance finishing second in the 60m dash. Senior Kearsten Peoples was the highlight for Mizzou on Saturday clinching her third SEC title in the shot put.

Six Tigers were able to finish in the top three on Saturday in the final round of the SEC championship. Mizzou had a good group finishing as all SEC athletes that list included Peoples, Rushin, Ayo Adewole, Jackson and Applebee.

A successful week for the Tigers in Kentucky will prove to be big as Mizzou takes the next step towards competing for a National Championship.