Wood resets own record, Menghini makes history at Tyson Invite

The Tigers also sent a small contingent of distance runners to the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa.
Freshman Mirieli Santos set a record at MU for triple jump at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2019. Courtesy of Mizzou Athletics

Coming off a gritty team performance at the Husker Invitational in Nebraska on Feb. 1 and 2, the Tigers hit the road again for two separate meets this weekend.

The majority of both the men’s and women’s team competed at the Tyson Invitational, hosted by Arkansas. Several distance runners were sent to compete in the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. Each meet had events taking place on Friday and Saturday.

At the Tyson Invitational, the men enjoyed top finishes across the board on Friday. Sophomore Nylo Clarke came in sixth in the 400-meter dash, while junior Robert Kuhlmann came in seventh in the 800. Redshirt senior Zach Cook and redshirt sophomore Dylan Quisenberry came in second and third in the mile run. Quisenberry’s time was a personal record of 4:21.87.

In the weight throw, redshirt senior Avery Carter set a personal record and came in fourth, while redshirt junior Patrick Kunza came in eighth.

The real highlight of the day for the men’s team came in Ames. Junior Kieran Wood, fresh off a performance in which he became Missouri’s first-ever runner to finish a mile in less than four minutes, was at it again. He reset his own school record and personal record in the 3,000, with a time of 8:01.77.

On Saturday, the Tiger men turned in a more pedestrian effort. In Fayetteville, redshirt freshman Jayson Ashford finished 19th in the 200-met dash, while freshman Eduardo Favela finished 48th, setting a personal record with a time of 22.91. Junior Justin Loquercio came in second in the 3000, and redshirt junior Michael Widmann finished 10th.

In the field events, the men enjoyed more competitive finishes. Freshman Roberto Vilches and senior Landon Cuskelly finished sixth and ninth in the high jump. Freshman Georgi Nachev set a personal record on the way to a third place finish in the triple jump. Redshirt senior Will Fife finished fifth in the shot put.

In Ames, the Tiger distance runners had competitive finishes. Freshman Martin Prodanov and redshirt sophomore Dustan Davidson finished 17th and 33rd in the 800.

The women also saw success in both the Tyson Invitational and the Iowa State Classic. Redshirt sophomore Melissa Menghini took the 10th spot on Mizzou’s all-time top-10 list in the 3,000. She finished fourth in the competition and reached a new personal best of 9:32.62. Freshman Tori Findley also placed sixth and Mikayla Reed finished 15th.

In Fayetteville, redshirt junior Jordyn Kleve finished second in the 3,000 in 10:04.11. Also in the track events, redshirt sophomore Karina Liz was ninth in the 800 and senior Hannah Thomas earned seventh in the mile run.

In the field events, senior Valeria Kostiuk finished fifth in the high jump and freshman Arianna Fisher was seventh in the triple jump. Representing the Tigers in the women’s shot put was junior Sophia Rivera in fourth, redshirt senior Gabi Jacobs in fifth and junior Emily Stauffer in eighth. Rivera hit a new personal best of 15.86m.

The Tigers will stay home this weekend to host the Missouri Collegiate Challenge on Feb. 16 at Hearnes Center at 11:30 a.m. CST.

Edited by Adam Cole | acole@themaneater.com

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