Woodson Wins SEC Title in 60-Meter Dash

Sunday, Feb. 24-

In an SEC Indoor Track and Field Championship dominated by national powerhouse Arkansas, Missouri’s true freshman Markesh Woodson made headlines in Fayetteville, Ark., becoming the Tigers’ first individual SEC champion.

Woodson faced stiff competition as the freshman competed against two previous 60-meter dash champions. Not only did Woodson take the first individual title in Mizzou history, but he also achieved it running a career-best time of 6.60.

The Mizzou men’s team finished tied for eighth with Tennessee, and the women’s team placed ninth.

While there were no other champions for Missouri, senior Laura Roxburg concluded her strong season with a second-place finish in the women’s mile. Roxburg, who ran a 4:36.02, led throughout the competition before giving up the lead late.

Also winning a medal was Kearsten Peoples who placed third in the weight throw competition. The all-conference sophomore has put together strong postseason performances in her first two years for Mizzou, making it to the NCAA’s last year and now with a top-three finish in the SEC.

Other top-eight finishes for Missouri included Bethany Pfeiffer (women’s weight throw), Jonathan Ilori (men’s triple jump), Brooks Mosier (men’s shot put), Merid Seleshi (men’s mile) and Max Storms (men’s 5K). The Mizzou men’s distance medley relay team also finished eighth.

Although the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams are both likely finished for the season, several individual performers could qualify for the NCAA National Championships in March.

-Gregory Dailey
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Staff Writer