It’s one mark down and one to go for Serena Ramsey.
Ramsey, a sophomore distance runner for Missouri, will try to qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 5,000-meter run at the Tom Botts Invitational and Heptathlon today and Saturday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.
Notre Dame, Iowa State, and the Iowa women’s team also will compete. The meet starts at 1 p.m. today and resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Ramsey qualified for regionals in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 34 minutes, 44.63 seconds March 27 at the Stanford Invitational. The time is the second-best at Missouri behind Andrea Fischer’s 34:39.90, set in 1983.
Ramsey said she has work to do.
“There’s still the 5K time that I have to hit,” she said. “I definitely want to hit that mark, and to get that under my belt right away. With conference at the time it is this year, it’s a lot earlier than normal, so I’d just like to have that off my back right away.”Ramsey needs a time of 16:56.43 to qualify for the regional meet.
In 2003, Ramsey earned All-Big 12 Conference honors in the 5,000, as well as All-NCAA Midwest Region for cross-country, and was an Academic All-American.
Ramsey’s father, Chris, was her coach at Waukesha West High in Wisconsin. He played a key role in Serena’s decision to compete on the collegiate level.
“My dad has coached track and cross-country for about 30 years, so I just grew up at track meets my entire life,” she said. “Everyone in my family ran, so I just kind of fell in love with it, and grew up with it, and always aspired to be like the people I saw running.”
File looks to rebound
Gary File, a senior Missouri javelin thrower, qualified for the regional March 20 at the College Station Multis with a throw of 203 feet, 1 inch. He improved on that mark with a 212-7 at the Stanford Invitational.
He will try to go farther this weekend in hopes of rebounding from his performance April 2 at the Missouri Relays, where he failed to improve upon his earlier marks.
“I was throwing really well early, but now I’m just struggling a little bit,” he said. “I really don’t know why. The javelin is weird, it just clicks or it doesn’t. Sometimes you just don’t have it and you have to get through that part. I just trust that I’ll get better.”
File is not the first member of his family to throw the javelin at Missouri. His brother Darin, who competed from 1996-99, holds the school record in the event (244-7) and was an All-American his last three years at Missouri.
File said that he does not feel pressure to break his brother’s record.
“(The pressure) was probably more when I started as a freshman and sophomore,” he said, “but now I’m just trying to do the best that I can do.”