Mizzou track and field off to successful start

Thursday, February 12, 2009 | 10:41 p.m. CST

The Mizzou track and field team has experienced a successful start to its 2009 season.

The men's and women's squads began the year with the Missouri Invitational, where Missouri athletes achieved nearly 50 personal season bests. The teams kept the momentum going with a sweep of rival Kansas.

"The most memorable [part of the season] so far is beating Kansas and doing it with such a great total team performance," coach Rick McGuire said. "That was a very special day, trip and track meet."

Following the win, Missouri helped the Big 12 to victories in both the Big 12-Mountain West Conference Challenge and Big 12-SEC Challenge, and McGuire is encouraged by his team's potential.

"I feel great about our season so far," McGuire said. "I really like this team. We have some very good athletes, some proven national caliber stars and some very exciting newcomers."

With the team's success, upcoming meets aren't something McGuire gets nervous about. He said he feels a sense of excitement for the athletes and their accomplishments.

"Track and field is a long and demanding pair of seasons, and we are pretty good at processing all of the challenges, staying healthy and being fit, focused and ready to go when the championships arrive," McGuire said.

The Mizzou track and field teams will next compete Friday and Saturday at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. They return for two home meets before the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Feb. 27 and 28 in College Station, Texas.


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