COLUMBIA — The Missouri track and field team will compete in its last Big 12 Conference championship over the weekend at Kansas State, but for the Tigers, it is business as usual.
“It’s just another track meet, and that's how we will prepare for it,” Missouri coach Brett Halter said. “We aren’t going to try and do anything special.”
The Tigers will face strong competition. Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kansas and Oklahoma have both their men’s and women’s teams ranked in the top 25. Baylor and Iowa State's women's teams are also top 25 programs.
But the Tigers aren't dwelling on the other schools in the conference either.
“We have to focus on what we do,” Halter said. “You can’t play defense in this sport, if we could draw a play to tackle the man in lane four, that would be great, but we can’t.”
The Tigers will try to build off their recent success. Several Missouri athletes have set school records in the past weeks, including Kearsten Peoples in the shot put, Leslie Farmer in the 400-meter hurdles, Max Storms in the 10,000 meters, Dan Quigley in the 5,000 meters and Katrine Haarklau in the pole vault.
“Our team has had remarkable success this year,” Halter said. “To break all those records at a university that has run track for over 100 years is pretty good.”