With Limited Roster, Missouri Track and Field Runs Strong

Saturday, February 11 –

Missouri’s men’s and women’s track and field squads took only one third of their normal competition roster to the Texas A&M Invitational. Even without a full roster, the men claimed second place in the overall team scores, with only Texas A&M, the defending national champions, finishing ahead of the Tigers.

The women took home third behind Texas A&M and Baylor.

Laura Roxberg and Bailey Belvis placed first and second, respectively, in the women’s mile run. Roxberg finished with a time of 4:41.24, just four seconds shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. It was the junior from Texas’ personal best, and is the 24th best time nationally. Belvis finished 10 seconds after her teammate with a time of 4:51.66.

Missouri’s women also turned in a win in the 600-yard run thanks to Jefferson City native Leslie Farmer. Farmer took the top spot in the event in a time of 1:22.87. On the men’s side, Tyrell Everett finished in second in the 600-yard run with a time of 1:11.76.

Blake Irwin and Ricky West finished within one second of each other in the 800m race. Irwin finished in 1:48.69, and West, an Ontario native, clocked in at 1:48.84. Roxberg posted a strong finish for the women in the 800m event in a time of 2:11.12. Allison Ross gave Missouri a third place finish in the 1,000m run in 2:53.81, and Kyle Rood finished in sixth in the same event in a time of 4:12.22.

The Tigers were able to muster out a third place finish in the 3,000m event thanks to the 9:50.23 finish for Kinsey Farren on the women’s side. On the men’s squad, Merid Seleshi placed fourth with a time of 8:27.38. The men’s DMR was able to place second in the event with a time of 10:01.25.
Jeremy Lampley stole the shore for Missouri in the field events. The triple jump specialist placed first with a time of 15.10m, which was good enough for his own personal best. Malcolm Pennix placed third in the long jump with a jump of 7.24m.

Brooks Mosier placed second in men’s shot put with a throw of 17.62.

Missouri’s men and women will be back on the track right here in Columbia for the Missouri Collegiate Challenge on February 17th, as well as the 18th for the Missouri All-Comers event. These two events will be the last events before the Big 12 Championships.

With the teams running well at the right time with only one third of their roster, the Tigers look to take confidence from their performances, as well as add strong meets from the rest of the squad, and propel them to a Big 12 title.

– Brian Nestel
23 Sports
Staff Writer