Strong throwing performances guide Mizzou in Tom Botts Invitational

Will Fife and Sophia Riviera were named most outstanding performers at the end of the weekend.
Red shirt senior Gabi Jacobs prepares to throw the shot at the Tom Botts Invitational meet this past weekend. Photo by Photographer Marco Storel

Missouri track and field competed in the Tom Botts Invitational this past weekend at Audrey J. Walton Stadium. Taking on Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Saint Louis, Western Illinois and Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, sophomore Sophia Rivera and senior Will Fife were named the Most Outstanding Performers of the weekend.

Rivera took first place in both javelin and discus, throwing the javelin 51.54 meters and the discus 52.71 meters. She was one of four top-10 finishes in javelin; freshman Ava Curry, junior Allie Webb and freshman Blair Widmer got second, third and 10th respectively.

Fife picked up a first place finish in shot put, hurling the rock 18.77 meters. He also had a strong showing in men’s discus, throwing 50.15 meters and finishing third.

Freshman Mirieli Santos set an MU record in triple jump with a distance of 13.01 meters en route to a first place finish.

On the track side, Mizzou had three first place finishes. Sophomore Nylo Clarke broke the tape in the men’s 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 10.35 seconds. Freshman Jayson Ashford and junior Maya Cody won their respective 200-meter dashes, with Ashford finishing in 21.15 seconds and Cody in 24.03 seconds.

As the final home meet of the season, 17 MU seniors were honored at the end of the day Sunday, including Gabi Jacobs, who got first place in women’s shot put and Becky Keating, who finished second in hammer throw.

Missouri’s next meet is the Drake Relays, on April 25, 26 and 27 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Edited by Emily Leiker |

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