Tigers’ Nickoley wins 800 meters at Big 12 indoors

Cougars clinch share of conference title.
Sunday, February 25, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The Missouri men’s track and field team took fourth in the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.

The Tiger men finished with 79 points, which was only 1 1/2 points from third-place Oklahoma.

The women’s squad took seventh with 51 points. Junior Trisa Nickoley took first place in the women’s 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 8.46 seconds, giving Nickoley her second conference title in the women’s 800-meter run.

In the men’s 800-meter run, senior Jimmie Jones finished third with a time of 1:50:60, while senior Marcus Mays finished fourth with a time of 1:50.82. Missouri led all teams in men’s weight throwing, producing 37 of the men’s total points.

In the men’s weight throw, sophomore Chris Rohr placed second, giving him his third All-Big-12 honor with a toss of 68 feet, 5 1/4 inches. Junior Tyler Daily took third with a throw of 66 feet, 8 3/4 inches and junior Bobby Musil took fourth with a toss of 65 feet, 8 3/4 inches. Junior Jason Morris was sixth at 63 feet 1 1/2 inches.

In the women’s weight throw, junior Elisha Hunt took second with a toss of 65 feet 7 1/2 inches, resulting in her third All-Big 12 honor.

Senior Hans Uldal finished second in the men’s heptathlon with 5,478 points, moving him to the NCAA’s top 10.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Cougars beat William Woods 97-53, putting their record at 26-6 for the season and 11-3 in conference play. The win also guarantees the Cougars at least a share of the American Midwest Conference title. The Cougars dominated the game with a shooting percentage of 67 percent, ending the first half with the score 50-20. Their excellent shooting gave them five players in double digits. Amber Lewellen led the Cougars with 25 points, while Whitney Widaman, Megan Archuleta, Whitney Davis and LeAnn Fossum were also double-digit contributors. This was the final game of the Cougars’ regular season. They will now begin AMC postseason play on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Southwell Complex.

Their next opponent will be announced today, when the postseason bracket is released.

OWENS HAS SECOND SURGERY: Terrell Owens needs more surgery on his injured right ring finger and might not be 100 percent until training camp.

Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips confirmed that the wide receiver needs a second procedure on the finger that required surgery last month after getting injured during the 2006 season.

Phillips did not give a date, but The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the surgery would be Thursday.

“I’ll have to talk to our doctors and his doctors about how long he’s going to be out,” Phillips said. “Drew Rosenhaus (Owen’s agent), who I talked to already, said he was going to be back sooner than what he says.”

Phillips said he has only talked to Owens once since replacing Bill Parcells as the Cowboys coach on Feb. 8. Phillips said Owens called to congratulate him.

FINAL SET: The only streak at the Accenture Match Play Championship belongs to Geoff Ogilvy.

One day after Tiger Woods’ winning streak ended on the PGA Tour, Ogilvy won two more matches Saturday to make it 11 in a row at this fickle tournament and advance to the 36-hole championship match against Henrik Stenson of Sweden.

In the frosty morning and sunny afternoon, the 29-year-old Australian stayed hot with his putter in dispatching Paul Casey 5 and 4 in the quarterfinals, then Chad Campbell in the semifinals with one clutch putt after another in a 3-and-2 victory.

And so ended yet another streak: For the first time in the nine-year history of the event, an American will not play for the title.

Stenson, so chilled in the morning that he jogged around the practice range to loosen his limbs, turned in the most spectacular shot of a busy day at The Gallery.

He was all square in his quarterfinal match against Nick O’Hern until hitting his tee shot at the base of cactus. After taking a penalty drop onto the firm sand in the desert, he hit wedge to 2 feet to escape with par and a 1-up victory.

FLORIDA UPSET: Terry Martin scored 18 points and Garrett Temple added 17 to help struggling LSU upset No. 3 Florida 66-56 on Saturday.

Tasmin Mitchell scored 11 for LSU (15-13, 4-10 Southeastern Conference), which had lost three straight and nine of 10 before hosting a team that had been No. 1 little more than a week ago.

For LSU, the game offered an opportunity to salvage a good memory from an otherwise lost season.

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