Sophomore Krishna Lee will be representing Missouri at the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championship in not only one, but two field events. The Tigers sophomore set personal records when she qualified in the shot put and the hammer throw.
In the shot put, Missouri also qualified senior Bill Hobson while senior Marcus Mayes and Trisha Nickoley advanced in the 800 meters,
Lee credits focusing on technical work, along with weight training for her improvement in both events. Lee finished second Friday in the shot put finals at 15.86 meters and she also finished fifth, Saturday, in the hammer thow at 60.82 meters.
Brett Halter, the Tigers’ associate coach for throwers, said Lee’s showing at the regional did not surprise him.
“She’s super talented and works super hard,” Halter said.
Her favorite memory of this weekend’s regionals would have to be “going to Nationals and having two PR’s in two days,” Lee said.
This marks Lee’s second year competing in field events at Missouri, but her first visit to the NCAA National Championship. “Great,” Lee said about her advance into the Nationals, “It’s awesome. It’s been my goal all year. It’s great to be finally on my way.”
Lee, a graduate of O’Hara High School in Kansas City. has been competing in the shot put and hammer throw since her freshman year of high school, during which she gained three MSHSAA champion titles. During high school, Lee also competed in basketball and made the decision to continue with shot put and hammer in college.
“It was a split decision,” Lee said, “I miss basketball, but I’m having a lot of fun right now.”
Lee said the most important part for her while competing is to have fun.
“It has to be fun,” she said. “It’s got to be something you want to do every day.”
Lee will compete June 6 through 9 in the national competition in Sacramento, Calif. She said she is looking forward to “just getting a feel for the environment and doing my best.”