Mizzou athlete reaches final

Friday, June 8, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:55 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Missouri junior Shernelle Nicholls advanced to Saturday’s finals of the women’s shot put at the NCAA track and field championships in Sacramento, Calif.

Nicholls, who holds the school record in the event, finished in the 12th and final qualifying position in Thursday’s preliminary round, achieving a mark of 51 feet, 11 inches on her second of three attempts.

In the same event, sophomore Krishna Lee had a mark of 50-8 and missed qualifying at 14th place. But she will compete in today’s hammer throw final.

Trisa Nickoley was 15th in the women’s 800 meters semifinals in 2:07.96, and awaits word on whether the 2:05 she ran earlier this season will gain her a berth in the USA Track and Field Championships two weeks from now.

Senior Bjorn Sommerfeldt finished 18th in the men’s decathlon with a total of 7,086 points.

Senior Bill Hobson was 23rd in the men’s shot put.

The four-day event continues today and Saturday.

MU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Tigers coach Cindy Stein added a pair of fellow Illinois alums to her staff. Lynnette Robinson will be the new associate head coach and Allison Guth will be an assistant coach.

Robinson’s duties will include scheduling and helping with recruiting and player development.

Guth is expected to also help with recruiting and development and work with the guards, as she did as an assistant at Loyola-Chicago. Robinson previously coached at Missouri State.

“Both of these fine young women will truly enhance our program in every way,” Stein said in a release. “They bring so much energy, drive and commitment in developing our program to be one of the finest in the country. They join another great group of individuals to make this an incredible staff for Mizzou women’s basketball.”

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