The Missouri track team had mixed results at its first dual meet in 24 years. The women’s team lost to Virginia 103-99, while the men’s team won 105-97.
The Tigers jumped to an early lead by sweeping both the men’s and women’s hammer throw on Friday, the only event held during the first day of the two-day inaugural Jefferson Cup in Charlottesville, Va.
Junior Krishna Lee led the women’s competition with a personal best mark of 191 feet, 9 inches. Senior Elisha Hunt placed second at 175-7, senior Sarah Burbee was third with a personal best of 168-0 and senior Elizabeth Robe finished out the sweep at 166-10.
On the men’s side, junior Chris Rohr won with personal best of 214-4. The toss also moved Rohr into second place on MU’s all-time list. Senior Jason Morris was second at 211-10, and senior Nate Englin was third at 198-7. Senior Tyler Dailey’s personal best 196-8 was fourth, and sophomore Andy Oaker finished out the sweep in fifth at 166-7.
Sophomore Nick Adcock and senior Trisa Nickoley scored in mutiple events for the Tigers.
Adcock continued his season long trend of setting personal records with a 14.48 in the 110-meter high hurdles for second. Adcock also ran on the Tigers’ winning 1600-meter relay team, was second in the javelin at 181-6, second in the high jump at 6-6, and fourth in the long jump at 22-5.25.
Nickoley shaved more than 12 seconds off her personal best in the 1500-meter run to win in 4:34.5. She also won the 800 meters in 2:10.65 and ran on the second place 1600-meter relay.
Missouri coach Rick McGuire said Nickoley’s wins in both the 1500 and the 800 was impressive.
“She had a full day,” McGuire said.
Although the MU men’s team had sealed the win by the last event, the 1600-meter relay was still thrilling with the Missouri beating Virginia by seven hundredths of a second. The women’s 1600 relay was equally as exciting with Missouri considered the underdog. The Tigers went stride for stride with UVA through three legs, but UVA’s Talia Wise overtook MU’s Katie Wenger to win by more than two seconds.
“We had no business being close,” McGuire said of the women’s 1600. “It was thrilling.”
Other Tigers athletes who earned top honors were Englin, who won the shot put at 60-8.75, senior Jason Miller, who won the high jump at a personal best 6-10.75, and Tipper O’Brien won the 1500-meter run in 3:48.89.
Senior Shernelle Nicholls and Lee threw for personal bests in the shot put. Nicholls won in 54-1.25 and Lee’s 53-3 earned second. Senior Kate Greer won the 3,000 meters with a personal best 10:00.04. Sophomore Lana Mims won the 200-meters in 24.9.
“Our kids did a great job to get it to come down to the last events,” McGuire said. “People in other sports might not understand but, wow, what a great track meet.”