Track and Field Set for Tom Botts Invitational

8 years 8 months 14 hours ago Thursday, April 07 2011 Apr 7, 2011 Thursday, April 07, 2011 2:19:00 PM CDT April 07, 2011 in Tiger Talk
Source: University of Missouri Athletic Media Relations
By: Riley Nunn

COLUMBIA - The Mizzou track and field team will continue its outdoor season as it hosts the annual Tom Botts Invitational, beginning Friday at 2 p.m. The meet will resume on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Audrey Walton Track Complex. The meet will be scored and the Tigers will compete against teams from Northern Illinois, Illinois, Drake, Northern Iowa, Indiana State, SEMO and Central Missouri.

Friday's slate of competition will include a variety of field events and the running of both the men's and women's 3,000 meter steeplechase. The discus, shot put, long jump and women's pole vault will all be contested in the field on Friday. On Saturday, the majority of the track events and the remaining field events will be contested, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Tom Botts Invitational was established 14 years ago by the current Mizzou coaching staff in order to pay homage to the legendary Tiger coach who helped establish and sustain Missouri track and field. Botts coached track and field at Mizzou from 1947 to 1972. Under his direction, Mizzou won the 1965 NCAA Indoor Track Championship, one of only two national titles in the school's history, and his teams also won eight conference championships.

The meet will be the Tigers' first scored contest of the outdoor season. Mizzou is coming off of an impressive performance at the Missouri Relays which saw the team claim 11 event titles. The Tigers will look to build on that strong performance this weekend.

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