Record-Breaking Performances Start Track & Field Season
COLUMBIA -- The Tigers track and field squads are hoping that this, their first season in the SEC, will be one for the history books. They certainly had a good start at home for the Missouri Invitational. The men and women left the meet with 17 personal-bests, seven top ten marks, and four stand-out performance from freshmen Markesh Woodson and Chelsie Stevens, and seniors Malcolm Pennix and Laura Roxberg.
Pennix started the trend of record-breaking performances after hitting 7.78m (25-6.25) on his third attempt in the long jump to not only win the event, but earn a new meet record. He out-jumped the previous record, set by Deandre Free in 2004, by 2.5 inches. This jump is also currently the second-best mark in the nation for NCAA Division I.
Woodson was next to try his hand at setting a new record, winning the 60m dash final in 6.70 to tie the school record, set in 1999 by Carlos Posey. He was 0.02 off from both a meet and facility record, and will make it onto the national rankings in 10th place.
Roxberg, who earned school records in the mile and 1500m last year, earned the second meet record of the day, winning the 1000m in 2:45.63. This beat the previous record, set in 2007 by Mable Kunihira, by five seconds. That time was also the second-fastest time in Missouri history, missing the school record by 0.22 seconds.
There were two more Top Ten performances in MU history for the men's team, both coming out of the 60m hurdles. Junior Andy Schuckenbrock ran a PR of 8.40 in the prelim to qualify for the final and place him at No. 10 on the all-time list. He finished sixth in the final, crossing in 8.44. Freshman Kyle Smith earned a pair of Top Ten times, hitting 8.30 in the prelims, then finished second in the finals with a time of 8.15. These times were good for No. 7 and No. 2 all-time.
The women also walked away with a couple of new Top Ten athletes. Stevens joined her fellow freshmen Woodson and Smith with a No. 2 all-time mark of 7.61 in the 60m dash prelim. She missed the 12-year old record set by Avis Evans by 0.01 seconds.
Freshman Danielle Williams also earned a Top Ten mark, finishing the triple jump in fifth with a mark of 11.67m (38-3.5) to claim No. 9 on the all-time list.
Next up for the Tigers is the Kentucky Invitational next weekend, January 25-26, in Lexington.
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