Brett Halter is new Missouri track coach

Monday, August 16, 2010 | 6:28 p.m. CDT; updated 11:31 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 16, 2010

COLUMBIA – The MU athletic department has announced that interim track and field coach Brett Halter has been promoted to head track and field coach.

Halter takes over after the retirement of Rick McGuire, who coached the program for 27 seasons.

Halter will enter his 18th season with the MU track and field program, where he has established himself as one of the top throws coaches in the nation.

“Brett has shown a continued commitment to excellence both competitively and academically during his 17 seasons at Mizzou," MU director of athletics Mike Alden said. "His work with our student-athletes and our post-collegians – especially with Christian Cantwell – has led us to believe that he is the perfect man to lead the Mizzou track and field team into its next chapter.”

Cantwell, a 2003 MU graduate who was a seven-time All American shot-putter under  Halter, won the silver medal in the event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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