All-Comers draws 650 competitors

Though trailing behind the others, the little girl with glasses kept on running. As the runners crossed the finish line, the crowd at Hearnes Center’s field house began to clap. They were applauding not for the winner, but for the girl who was just making the last turn around the track.

Despite being the youngest participant in her heat, Shelby Stowt, 7, finished the girls’ 400-meter dash at full speed to the applause of the crowd.

Two new records set

At 74, Lewis Mead was the oldest participant in the competition. He raced in the 3,000-meter walk. He said he has been race walking for 15 years and trains three times a week.

Two new meet records for the high school competition were set. Shannon Leinert of Wildwood broke the mile record in 5:11. Jared Huske of Topeka, Kan. broke the 60-meter hurdles record in 7.91 seconds.

Fine finish for foursome

They got their roses, thanked God and their families, and received a standing ovation.

Then they took the court.

Cougars’ bench key to victory

The ineptitude of the Illinois-Springfield men’s basketball team was on full display Saturday at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

While the Prairie Stars committed technical fouls and missed free throws, Columbia College led throughout its undramatic 69-52 win.

Success a lifetime in the making

A small slab of concrete next to a little house with an old basketball hoop attached to the side. It wasn’t exactly a gym, but it was enough to make Columbia College women’s basketball coach Mike Davis fall in love with the sport.

“His mom always told me it didn’t matter; rain, sleet, or snow, he’d get out there,” Cindy Davis, his wife, said. “If it snowed, he wouldn’t shovel her sidewalk off, but he’d go out there, shovel the court, cut the fingers off his gloves and shoot baskets in the middle of winter. He’s always had a true love for the game.”

Tigers remain unbeaten

The Missouri softball team advanced to 6-0 this season after recording two wins Friday in the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Wins worth the wait

Twelve hours and 43 minutes is a long time to wait.

Hickman’s Zach Arnold woke up at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t get to wrestle until 8:18 p.m.

High Standards

Alisha Robinson stopped being normal when she was 10.

Now she is 22 and still hasn’t found the groove of a typical college student. She is a Missouri gymnast, and to her, that’s just fine.

Mizzou looks for energy boost against Nebraska

With six scholarship players, Baylor doesn’t know the first thing about striking fear in its opponents.

But it sure does have a great hypnotizing act.

Baylor bears Antlers’ antics

The Baylor men’s basketball team received a different kind of pep talk before its game Wednesday at Mizzou Arena.

Baylor coach Scott Drew invited Michael Booth, ‘grand poobah’ of the Antlers, a non-university-sponsored fan group, to rile up his team before the game, said Heath Nielsen, Baylor’s director of media relations.

MU wrestlers will fine tune in final dual

Coach Brian Smith has been saying it all along.

“Nothing really matters until the end of March,” Smith said after the Tigers lost on consecutive days to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

Tigers hope history lends helping hand

The Missouri women’s basketball team is hoping history will repeat itself this weekend.

The most recent time Missouri played Oklahoma, Jan. 28, 2004, the No. 20 Sooners were 13-5, but the unranked Tigers won 77-65. Four seniors scored in double digits to lead Missouri.

Winthrop deals MU first loss of season

The Missouri baseball team lost to Winthrop 7-4 in its opening game of the Griffin Pontiac Challenge on Thursday in Rock Hill, S.C.

Missouri starter Max Scherzer had six straight strikeouts in the first and second innings to help the Tigers (1-1) build a 4-2 fourth-inning lead. Winthrop (6-0) took controlwith a 3-run fifth and Eagles right fielder Daniel Carte added a two-run home run in the sixth.

Lackluster victory

When a star player says the game put him to sleep, it’s usually not pretty.

The Tigers defeated Baylor 60-53 on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. It certainly wasn’t pretty, but at this point, the Missouri men’s basketball team will take its wins any way it can get them.

High school wrestlers gear up for state finals

Last year about this time, Rock Bridge’s Cam Purcell trudged slowly into a lonely, dark tunnel at Hearnes Center, vowing never to feel the same disappointment again.

Purcell had just been eliminated from the state wrestling tournament, losing in the first round and again in wrestlebacks, after he had qualified for the first time. He hopes not to repeat the feeling this year.

Young’s play stands out

Kevin Young had a great game against Baylor on Wednesday night. Yet, he wasn’t flashy. He had no highlight reel dunks. He didn’t swat any balls into the stands. He had a great game because he played with grit.

Young’s diligent play helped lead the Tigers to a 60-53 victory against the Bears at Mizzou Arena.

Dailey lifts Missouri

Brian Dailey didn’t hesitate.

When coach Quin Snyder turned toward the end of the Missouri bench and motioned for Dailey to check in, he sprung out of his seat, took off his warm-up and rushed to center court.

Missouri depending on sunny skies

The Missouri baseball team takes its show on the road for the first three weeks of every season, hoping to avoid nasty weather.

But while Columbia enjoyed unseasonably warm weather last weekend, rain and the resulting field conditions in Phoenix forced the cancellation of three of the Tigers’ four scheduled games.

Don’t get mad, get even

Victories from three seniors meant the most Wednesday night, both for themselves and Missouri.

Six Tiger wrestlers were victorious against Tennessee-Chattanooga at Hearnes Center as No. 13 Missouri won 22-15 on Wednesday, avenging a Jan. 14 loss to the No. 24 Mocs.

Stars win despite first-half struggles

Dane Pavlovich’s body language showed his frustration in the first half Wednesday night.

Pavlovich paced the sideline, shook his head, put his head in his hands and even sat on the end of the bench by himself for a moment.