COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri track and field team is sending teams to the Music City Challenge, hosted by Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Tyson Invitational, hosted by Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10 . Both meetings serve as final tuneups before postseason competition begins in the SEC Championship in two weeks.
The Tigers will send 15 women and 19 men to Nashville, while only jumpers Claudina Diaz AND Sterling Scott except the 4x400m relay team will make the trip to Fayetteville.
LAST TIME OUT
- Missouri had a monster weekend at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational hosted by Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas.
- Two Tigers won events as juniors Rowan hands took home the men’s and freshman hunt titles Sterling Scott topped the podium in the men’s triple jump.
- In addition to the success of Scott and Rowan, high Alicia Burnett compiled an impressive weekend with two program-record-breaking runs in the women’s 60m, finishing the weekend with a 7.21 in the event finals for Missouri’s best mark.
- The trio played a role in the Tigers racking up 20 top-five finishes over the two-day event.
I FEEL THE BURN
- Sprinter Alicia Burnett has been on a record-breaking streak during the indoor season as she looks to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
- In the 60-meter preliminaries at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational, the St. Louis product Burnett broke LaQuisha Jackson’s time of 7.31 set in 2015.
- In the event final, she obliterated her old mark set earlier in the day with a 7.21 sprint.
- Her 7.21 not only stands as the best time in Missouri track history, but as one of the best times in the nation this season. Her time is tied for the seventh-best 60-meter mark in the NCAA.
A TRIED SEASON
- Through just two dates, jumper Sterling Scott has made his mark as one of the top freshmen in the country.
- At the DeLoss Dodds Invitational, the Starkville, Mississippi, native scored his first collegiate competition victory in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 15.72m to defeat the No. 16 Garrison Breeding from Texas Tech for first place.
- The mark set a life-best and moved Scott four spots to Missouri’s all-time triple jump ranking of No. 6. In addition, the jump helped him qualify for the U20 World Championships in Lima, Peru, far exceeding the qualifying mark of 15.50m
TO DO OUR BEST SHOT
- Throughout the 2024 indoor season, the shot put group has put in solid performances with a pair of event wins in two meets.
- In Missouri’s season opener at the Vanderbilt Invitational, the graduate student Emily Offenheiser won the women’s shot put with a throw of 15.77m (51-9), a mark that ranked 10th on Missouri’s all-time leaderboard.
- Last weekend at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational, junior Rowan hands won the men’s shot put title with a throw of 17.94m (58-10.25) that set a personal best.
- Offenheiser and Rowan, except junior Skylar Coffeywho finished just behind Rowan with a 17.78m (58-4) at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational, are all ranked among the top-75 shot putters in the nation.
- As one of two Tiger jumpers traveling to the Tyson Invitational, Claudina Diaz hopes to improve after a strong start to the season as she looks to repeat her All-American success on the indoor stage.
- Diaz has secured a pair of third-place finishes in the women’s high jump this winter, clearing 1.80m (5-10.75) just shy of her personal best indoors.
- In her most recent trip to the 2022 Tyson Invitational, the Meridian, Yucatan, Mexico, native captured her first collegiate event win with an indoor PR of 1.82m (5-11.5).
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