COLUMBIA — Day one of the 12th Annual Tom Botts Invitational track meet left the Missouri track team in the cold, literally. Sustained winds at 30 mph and gusts that reached up to 40 mph left the forecasted 45 degrees feeling closer to 38. Despite the poor conditions several Tigers still had top finishes.
Senior Nate Englin won the men’s shot put at 55 feet 9.25 inches. Englin said the cold was affecting performances.
“It’s tougher to warm up and stay warm,” Englin said. “It’s hard to keep your hand warm and your knuckles start to get stiff when it’s cold.”
Sophomore Andy Oaker finished second in the shot put at 54-03.75 and junior Chris Rohr fouled on all six attempts.
In the men’s discus the story was Brigham Young sophomore Leif Arrenius’ throw of 207 feet 1 inch which not only earned him first, but a NCAA Division I record as well. Rohr came in second at 176-06 and senior Jason Morris took third with 173-11.
On the women’s side the Tigers took first and second in the shot put with only a combined six throws. Senior Shernelle Nicholls won at 50 feet 11 inches and junior Krishna Lee took second with 48-06.25. After the pair threw their first three attempts, they both passed on their final three attempts.
“It’s too cold,” Nicholls said. “Our coach doesn’t want us to get injured.”
Seniors Elizabeth Robe and Elisha Hunt took third and fourth in the shot put respectively with 48-01.25 and 46-02.75.
In women’s discus Nicholls captured another win with 162 feet 9 inches. Freshman Hope Harris took third at 150-01 and Lee finished fourth at 147-00.
Junior JaNay Woolridge won the women’s long jump with a jump of 18-09 and junior John Thies won the men’s javelin with 192-00.
Events begin tomorrow at 11 a.m., including the men’s pole vault, which was suspended today due to excessive high winds.