WIU Leathernecks Track & Field Team In The Spotlight At Mizzou Intercollegiate

The Mizzou Intercollegiate was called early due to impending snow in the area, but that didn’t stop Western Illinois track and field from icing the competition Friday (Jan. 11).

The four-team field pit the Leathernecks against Missouri, Columbia (Mo.) and Avila, and Western’s women finished second overall with 115.5 points, while the men placed third with 44. Combined, the program tabbed 21 ‘Top 5’ performances, highlighted by Bo Brasseur and Justin Montalto’s event wins.

After a month-long hiatus for Winter Break, the Mizzou Intercollegiate marked the start of five consecutive meets for the Leathernecks. Field athletes were the first to compete inside the Hearnes Center and Brady Shows (weight throw), Gabe Cheeks (long jump), Michaela Busch (high jump), Amelia Peterson (triple jump) and Megan Reed (triple jump) each placed ‘top 5′ while also setting a new personal record.

Brasseur narrowly missed her PR in the long jump but leapt past her competition with a 5.54-meter effort (18′ 2.25″) in her third attempt. The next closest jump came in at 5.39.

Pacing the Leathernecks’ running athletes, Montalto created the time to beat in the men’s 400-meter (52.93). The decisive victory edged the next closest runner by nearly two seconds.

Western’s ‘Top 5’ also saw runners Rachel Hilton (60-meter dash) and Sierra Long (400 meter) eclipse their previous collegiate bests.

The Leathernecks will return to action Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Sycamore Team Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.

Mizzou Intercollegiate ‘Top 5 Marks’ (Athlete | Mark | Finish)

Weight Throw
Brady Shows | 16.13m (52′ 11″) | 3/14

Long Jump
Bo Brasseur | 5.54m (18′ 2.25″) | 1/13
Megan Reed | 5.13m (16′ 10″) | 4/13
Gabe Cheeks | 6.73m (22′ 1″) | 2/3

High Jump
Michaela Busch | 1.69m (5′ 6.5″) | 2/5

Shot Put
Nick Olson | 14.17m (46′ 6″) | 4/12
Carrissa Tinsley | 11.56m (37′ 11.25″) | 4/9
Jasmine Swanagan | 11.28m (37′ .25″) | 5/9

Triple Jump
Amelia Peterson | 11.53 (37′ 10″) | 2/6
Megan Reed | 11.51m (37′ 9.25) | 3/6
Tyronay Taylor | 11.21m (36′ 9.5) | 5/6

60m Dash (Final)
Darius Patterson | 7.03 | 3/7
Aijah Venerable | 8.15 | 3/7
Rachel Hilton | 8.36 | 4/7
Victoria Keeler | 8.47 | 5/7

60m Hurdles
Michaela Busch | 9.33 | 2/7

400m
Justin Montalto | 52.93 | 1/4
Sierra Long | 59.07 | 2/8

200m
Sierra Long | 26.98 | 2/11
Aijah Venerable | 27.13 | 3/11
Amelia Peterson | 27.51 | 5/11

Tony Cornish Jr.

Tony Cornish Jr.

Tony is the Sports Director for WGEM News.

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