Mizzou track and field score high marks at season's last home meet - KMOV.com

Mizzou track and field score high marks at season's last home meet

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOV) -- A week after winning the 2009 Jefferson Cup, the University of Missouri track and field team competed in its last home meet of the year, the 13th annual Tom Botts Invitational on April 11. Mizzou finished with 15 winners and five regional qualifying marks.


The women's team took first in overall team standings with 225.5 points, followed by Indiana State, Air Force and Tulsa. The men's team took second place overall after Indiana State, who led by 8.5 points.

In addition to winning the men's 1500-meter run, junior Tim Cornell got a regional qualifying mark with a personal and meet record time of 3:46.42.

Junior Brian Hancock took first in the men's pole vault, also hitting a regional qualifying mark. At 16 feet, 6.25 inches, he cleared almost 1 1/2 inches above second place finisher Brandin Bear of Air Force.

Both the men and women's teams took first in their 4x400-meter relays. But the women set a regional qualifying time at 3:41.11, which was also a meet record.

Junior Shannon Leinert took first in the 800-meter run, helping continue the team's winning streak. They now have five straight wins in the event.

Senior Chris Rohr made his second consecutive first-place victory in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 222 feet, 9 inches.

Senior Krishna Lee was named the invitational's outstanding female athlete. Lee took first in the women's shot put and hammer throw events and second in the women's discus event. The outstanding male athlete award went to Kellen Curry of Air Force.

The Tigers begin a month-long series of away meets next week, traveling on Saturday to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to compete in the John McDonnell Invitational.

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