Seven Missouri Tigers clinched a spot at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in day one at regionals. On the final day of NCAA Regionals in Fayetteville, AR., three more punched their ticket to nationals.
Last Thursday, senior Hailey Twietmeyer became the first female javelin thrower to make it to the NCAA Championships in Mizzou history. Macauley Garton is the first male javelin thrower from Mizzou to make it to the NCAA Championships since 2002. Senior Heather Green of Jefferson City and junior Katrine Haarklau advanced in the pole vault. Kaitlyn Fischer, from Pevely, Missouri, who was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Year in cross country this fall, qualified in the 10,000-meters. Kearsten Peoples, and Jill Rushin…ranked 1-2 in the shot put, qualified with top ten finishes.
Senior Shinelle Proctor and junior Morgan Whitson or Moberly, advanced in the high jump on Sunday. Rounding out the last day’s qualifiers was Jonathan Ilori, who took fourth place overall in the triple jump. His qualification is the first for Mizzou in that event since 1979.
The NCAA National Championships start next Wednesday thru Saturday (June 11-14).