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Track and Field Picks Up Pair of Event Wins Across Florida Relays and Stanford Invitational

Austin Popplewell

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A pair of Tigers claimed event victories for University of Missouri track and field in a busy Friday slate featuring the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida, and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California. Additionally, four Tigers posted marks that rank among the top 10 in program history in their respective events.

Florida Relays

Jumper Isabella Sokolova had the biggest highlight of the day for Missouri, winning the women’s long jump at the Florida Relays with a personal-best 6.21m leap in her first attempt of 2024. The standout from Sofia, Bulgaria, jumped three spots in Mizzou’s program record book in the event, moving into seventh place all-time in the women’s outdoor long jump.

Distance runner Reilly Revord also found success in Gainesville, winning the women’s 1500m with a mark of 4:25.97 to beat out the 30-person field.

Other top-five finishers in Florida included javelin thrower Skylar Ciccolini improved upon her mark set in the event two weeks prior at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, posting a 52.43m mark to finish fourth in the event. Distance runner Angus Beer notched his second top-five finish of the early campaign, finishing fifth in the men’s 1500m with a time of 3:48.83. Austin Popplewell matched the placement in the men’s 5000m later in the day with a time of 14:18.41 to shave over 14 seconds off his previous personal best.

Royce Fisher and Kaia Downs each had solid outings in the men’s and women’s 3000m steeplechase, as Fisher scored a runner-up finish on the men’s side while Downs finished fourth in the women’s race.

Stanford Invitational

Out in Palo Alto, three Tigers earned top-10 marks in the outdoor 10,000m in the early hours of Saturday morning. Jenna Schwartz and Mikayla Reed each put in personal-best efforts in the event, as Schwartz moved up four spots to sixth all-time and Reed entered the ranks of Missouri’s top-10 on the event at 10th all-time. Schwartz’s 33:56.58 shaved nearly 50 seconds off her previous record in the 10,000m and helped her become the sixth woman in MU history to break 34 minutes in the event. For Reed, she took almost three minutes off her previous best to earn her first placement on a program top-10 list.

Blake Morris found success in the men’s 10,000m, as he broke the half-hour mark for the first time in his career at a 29:29.29 time to enter the Tigers’ top-10 list at No. 7. The Cape Girardeau, Missouri, native broke his original best mark by nearly a full minute and notched the best time by a Missouri runner since Thomas George set the MU program record in 2021.

Earlier in the day, Mizzou found success in the ultra-competitive women’s 1500m field. Kelsey Schweizer and Anneken Viljoen each registered a top-10 result in the event, taking second and third respectively in their heat to finish eighth and 10th overall in the event.


The Tigers will wrap up the weekend at the Pepsi Florida Relays tomorrow, Saturday, March 30, in Gainesville, Florida. Action starts at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning with the men’s discus throw.


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Event Place. Athlete – Time | Notes (PB = Personal Best, FR = Facility Record)
 200m (M)

 18. Steven Marks – 21.07 | PB 

 44. Robert Hines – 22.12

 1500m (W)

 1. Reilly Revord – 4:25.97

 9. Allison Newman – 4:34.10

 19. Renee Lewis – 4:42.26  

 1500m (M)

 5. Angus Beer – 3:48.83

 11. Jack Warner – 3:51.83

 13. Johnny Martin – 3:52.67 | PB

 15. Colby Revord – 3:55.40

 21. Andrew Simard – 4:01.42

 5000m (W)

 5. Allison Newman – 16:59.73 | PB

 13. Ginger Murnieks – 17:15.11

 5000m (M)

 5. Austin Popplewell – 14:18.41 | PB

 3000m Steeplechase (W)

 4. Kaia Downs – 11:03.17

 3000m Steeplechase (M)

 2. Royce Fisher – 9:07.88 

 4x100m (M) 

 DNF. Squad A 

  • Emanuele Bellanova
  • Robert Hines
  • Steven Marks
  • Marc Poland Jr.
Event Place. Athlete – Time | Notes (PB = Personal Best, FR = Facility Record)
 Discus (W)

 6. Ames Burton – 53.55m (175-8)

 8. Emily Offenheiser – 52.22m (171-4)

 Hammer Throw (W)

 11. Petra Gombas – 53.99m (177-1)

 21. Ames Burton – 45.46m (149-1)

 Hammer Throw (M)

 13. Garik Pozecki – 54.74m (179-7) 

 FOUL. Sam Innes 

 Javelin (W)

 4. Skylar Ciccolini – 52.43m

 7. Erin Zimmerman – 50.57m

 13. Ava Curry – 39.65m

 Javelin (M)

 6. Callan Saldutto – 66.27m (217-5)

 Long Jump (W)

 7. Sterling Scott – 7.00m (22-1.75)

 Long Jump (M)

 1. Isabella Sokolova – 6.21m (20-4.5) | PB, 7th on Mizzou’s Outdoor All-Time Top 10 List

Event Place. Athlete – Time | Notes (PB = Personal Best, FR = Facility Record)
 1500m (W)

 8. Kelsey Schweizer – 4:25.88 | PB

 10. Anneken Viljoen – 4:26.46

 41. Isabelle Christiansen – 4:34.38 

 45. Nicole Louw – 4:35.68  

 1500m (M)

 19. Ethan Lee – 3:53.06

 36. Jack Forer – 3:58.20  

 10,000m (W)

 8. Jenna Schwartz – 33:56.58 | PB, 6th on Mizzou’s Outdoor All-Time Top 10 List

 17. Mikayla Reed – 34:43.59 | PB, 10th on Mizzou’s Outdoor All-Time Top 10 List

 10,000m (M)

 31. Blake Morris – 29:29.29 | PB, 7th on Mizzou’s Outdoor All-Time Top 10 List

Event Place. Athlete – Time | Notes (PB = Personal Best, FR = Facility Record)
 1500m (M)

 37. Eddie Zuercher – 3:58.59

 77. Declan Tunney – 4:03.90

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