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Track and Field Opens Postseason Competition At SEC Indoor Championships

Anneken Viljoen

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri track and field team begins postseason competition with the SEC Indoor Championships, Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24. The meet will take place at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Missouri will open the competition with its first event at 4 p.m. on Friday and 4:05 p.m. on Saturday.

  • The Tigers sent contingents to the Music City Challenge, hosted by Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Tyson Invitational, hosted by Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as the team’s final regular-season tuneup.
  • Three Tigers — graduate student Mitch Weber, senior Alicia Burnett and senior Kelsey Schweizer — set program top-10 marks in Nashville.
  • Junior Rece Rowan earned an event victory in the men’s shot put open, clinching his second win in as many meets.
  • Sprinter Alicia Burnett has been on a record-breaking tear through the indoor season as she looks to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
  • In the 60m prelims at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational, the St. Louis, Missouri, product set the program’s women’s 60m record with a 7.28 mark. Burnett broke LaQuisha Jackson’s time of 7.31 set in 2015.
  • In the event final, she blew away her old mark set earlier in the day with a 7.21 sprint.
  • Her 7.21 stands not only as the best time in the history of Missouri Track and Field, but as one of the best times in the country this season. Her time is tied for the 12th-best 60m mark in the NCAA.
  • In addition to her 60m prowess, Burnett also posted the fourth-best women’s 200m mark (24.06) and sixth-best women’s 400m clip (55.00) in program history.
  • In the ring and the classroom, graduate student Mitch Weber is looking to close out his final indoor season with the Black and Gold with a bang.
  • On Wednesday, the SEC announced the Saint Clair, Minnesota, thrower as SEC Men’s Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year thanks to his continued prowess as a student-athlete.
  • The three-time SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll recipient is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in global supply chain management and holds a 4.0 GPA in graduate school.
  • The 2022 SEC men’s discus throw champion has thrived on both the indoor and outdoor scene with a pair of All-SEC finishes at the SEC Outdoor Championships and a pair of top-eight finishes at the SEC Indoor Championships.
  • Euphenie Andre returns to Missouri’s jumps lineup at the SEC Indoor Championships hoping to replicate her postseason success from year’s past.
  • The Dover Plains, New York, native had a memorable 2021 indoor season, taking fourth in the women’s triple jump at the SEC Indoor Championships.
  • Just a couple weeks later, Andre became an All-American First Team honoree at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a 13.31m (43-8) leap that placed her at No. 2 in the Missouri indoor women’s triple jump record book.
  • Andre also became an outdoor All-American in 2023, placing 12th at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to take home All-American Second Team honors.
  • Rece Rowan looks to continue his momentum this weekend after a successful 2024 regular season.
  • The shot putter from Colorado Springs, Colorado, has placed among the top-eight in all three indoor meets this season.
  • At the DeLoss Dodds Invitational, Rowan picked up his first career event title in the men’s shot put, posting a personal-best 17.94m (58-10.25) throw in the process.
  • Rowan’s second career victory came not long after, as he won his most recent competition in the men’s shot put at the Music City Challenge with a 17.26m (56-7.5) result.
  • Freshman Sterling Scott has made a splash in his debut season with Missouri, positioning himself as one of the top young jumpers in the country.
  • Scott had a banner weekend earlier this month at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational, winning his first collegiate event title with a lifetime-best 15.72m (51-7) leap, a mark which helped him qualify for the U20 World Championships in Lima, Peru.
  • The mark ranks second among all collegiate freshmen, fifth in the SEC and is tied for 31st in the country. He also sits at No. 6 in program history for the men’s indoor triple jump.
  • A trio of Tigers earned program top-10 marks at the 2023 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships. 
  • Roberto Vilches earned the highest placement for Missouri at the meet in the men’s high jump, earning the Tigers’ lone All-SEC placement. With a 2.21m jump, Vilches earned a second-place result and booked a trip to the 2023 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. With his result, he also tied the third-best mark in program history.
  • Sydney Oberdiek placed No. 3 on the program’s all-time top-10 list for the women’s weight throw with a 20.93m toss. The result earned her seventh-place finish at the event.
  • In the women’s long jump, Isabella Sokolova posted the program’s eighth-best mark with a 6.02m leap.

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