Missouri thrower Kearsten Peoples finishes 7th at NCAA Indoor Championships

Friday, March 14, 2014 | 10:22 p.m. CDT

Missouri junior Kearsten Peoples began her weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., with an All-American performance in the weight-throw.

Peoples was the 10th seed in the event entering this weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships but was able to earn first-team All-America honors by finishing among the top eight competitors in the event.

Her first throw Friday measured 20.87 meters, 0.31 meter from her personal best. Peoples was unable to top it in her next five throws, but it was good enough for seventh place in the competition.

The Indoor Championships aren't over for the redshirt junior, either.

Peoples owns the NCAA's top mark in the shot put, and she will begin competition in her best event at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Among Peoples' competitors will be fellow Missouri junior Jill Rushin. 

Rushin enters Saturday's competition as the 14 seed.

Peoples and Rushin are the only Tigers competitors in New Mexico. Sophomore sprinter Markesh Woodson qualified for the competition but has chosen not to compete because of a leg injury.

Woodson tweaked his left hamstring during the 200-meter dash at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 28. Woodson competed on the hamstring the next day, placing seventh in the 60-meter dash finals.

"We just wanted to make sure we protected him for the longevity of the outdoor season," Missouri sprints coach Carjay Lyles said in a phone interview from the championships. "He can't step out here at 80 percent with these guys."

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