Track and field wins five events at John McDonnell Invitational, Cunningham wins 5K at Gorilla Classic

Cunningham finished with a time of 16:03, the fourth-fastest time in school history.
Photo by Jeff Curry Courtesy of Mizzou Athletics

While Missouri track and field was competing at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, last weekend, redshirt senior Megan Cunningham was busy posting a personal record and annihilating the field in the 5,000-meter run at the Gorilla Classic in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Cunningham posted the fourth-fastest time in school history as she crossed the finish line with a time of 16:03.20, the seventh-fastest time in the West region this season.

Cunningham had to wait for over 2.5 minutes until runner-up Anne Wood of Pittsburg State finished with a time of 18:35.61.

In Fayetteville, the Tigers recorded five event wins, all from field events.

Redshirt junior Gabi Jacobs started competition by winning the women’s discus. The All-American won with a throw of 55.42 meters, the 12th-longest throw in the West region so far this season.

The top-12 finishers in the West Regional from May 24-26 in Sacramento, California, will qualify for the national championships in Eugene, Oregon, that begin June 6.

On Saturday, junior Becky Keating won the women’s hammer throw with a toss of 58.58 meters to start the second day of competition.

Then, redshirt junior Will Fife won the men’s shot put with a mark of 17.82 meters. Redshirt junior Avery Carter finished third with a mark of 16.46 meters.

Missouri finished first and second in the women’s javelin. Sophomore Allie Webb won with a throw of 43.74 meters while freshman Megan Haley finished second with a mark of 40.05 meters.

The fifth win for the Tigers came from junior Karissa Roman, who won the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.70 meters.

On the track, Missouri had three runners finish in the top three of their respective events.

In the 800-meter run, freshman Chris Conrad took third place with a time of 1:51.26 on the men’s side while redshirt freshman Karina Liz finished third with a personal-record of 2:10.78 for the women’s team.

Redshirt senior Jerrad Mason also finished third, posting a time of 52.25 in his season debut in the men’s 400-meter hurdles.

Next, both the men’s and women’s teams will travel back to Columbia to compete in the Tom Botts Invitational from April 20-21 at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Edited by Joe Noser |

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