COLUMBIA — Missouri freshman Markesh Woodson’s smile shined as bright as the diamond stud earrings he wore in each ear when the final results of the 100-meter dash flashed across the screen at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.
Hundreds of fans dressed in black and gold cheered for the freshman who had just finished third at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing the race in 10.18 seconds. Missouri sprints coach Kareem Streete-Thompson met Woodson as he stepped off the track, greeting him with a hug.
“Wow,” Streete-Thompson told Woodson.
In a race that featured Olympians and All-Americans with far more experience, Woodson held his own. Alabama junior Diondre Baston won first with a time of 10.12 seconds.
Between sips of water from a plastic Gatorade cup, Woodson high-fived teammates and other Missouri coaches. His blue and green Nike shoes were no longer a blur.
“It felt great to do it at home,” Woodson said. “It made me feel like I made the right choice going to Missouri.”
Woodson’s third-place finish earned Missouri six points. He will compete later this month at the NCAA Regional meet in Austin, Texas.
In the women’s shot put, Missouri redshirt sophomore Kearsten Peoples won first with a throw of 17.80 meters, while teammate Jill Rushin took third. Both earned All-SEC honors.
Senior Dan Quigley ran the 5,000 meters in 13:57 to finish fourth.
In the 1,500 meters, senior Laura Roxberg took third with a time of 4:17.
Missouri sophomore Katrine Haarklau finished fourth in the women’s javelin throw with a mark of 47.13 meters.
In the overall team standings, the Missouri women finished sixth with 49 points, while the Missouri men scored 37 points to finish ninth.