This weekend, Missouri track and field athletes will get a break from the bus and long weekend travel as MU will host the 22nd annual Missouri All-Comers meet on Saturday at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.
Though head coach Rick McGuire has described track and field as a “19-ring circus” in general, the upcoming home meet has traditionally been the site of an especially diverse mix of talent as participants emerge from a wide range of age groups and training backgrounds. Because the meet is not strictly a collegiate competition, scoring will be dictated on the basis of performances in four separate age groups ranging from pre-high school (ages 14 and under), high school (15-18), college/open (19-39), and masters (40 and older).
Since almost anyone can register — last year’s event reached a total of 602 competitors — the meet has historically seen high-powered performances. In the 2004 event, Tiger post-collegian Christian Cantwell set a new indoor personal best in the shot-put with a throw of 21.95m, a mark that happens to be not only his best, but the world’s best since 2000. The All-Comers event is one of four events that Missouri will host this season. Running events begin at 8:30 am and field events will start at 9.