COLUMBIA, Mo. — Mizzou Track & Field will begin its road to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., Wednesday with the NCAA West Preliminary Championship in College Station, Texas. The four-day meet will run through Saturday and be streamed on SEC Network+.
The men’s and women’s events are spread out across two days, with the men competing on Wednesday and Friday and women on Thursday and Saturday. Each event will have one or two rounds, and at the end of preliminary competition, the top 12 finishers will advance to the championship round.
The Tigers currently hold five national top-20 marks across five events. Freshman Mitch Weber (Saint Clair, Minn.) ranks the highest on the team, sitting third in the men’s discus. He’s followed closely by freshman Skylar Ciccolini (Lewistown, Pa.), who ranks fifth in the women’s javelin.
Also ranking on the national list are sophomore triple jumpers Arianna Fisher (San Jose, Calif.) and Georgi Nachev (Yambol, Bulgaria), who both sit at No. 13 in the nation for the women and men’s events, respectively. Junior Chris Conrad (O’Fallon, Ill.) currently sits at No. 17 in the men’s 800m.
The men will send seven athletes. In addition to Weber, Nachev and Conrad, senior Nylo Clarke (Riverside, Mo.) and senior Thomas George (Glouchester, England) will also have entries in the 400m and 10,000m, respectively.
The women will send 14 athletes, with 11 of the entries coming in field events. The only multi-event athlete on the women’s side will be redshirt-junior Emily Stauffer (Reinholds, Penn.), who will compete in the hammer throw and shot put.
Field Events —
Triple Jump (M): Georgi Nachev
Triple Jump (W): Arianna Fisher, Mara Hausler
Discus (M): Mitch Weber
Discus (W): Emily Offenheiser
Long Jump (W): Ayele Gerken
Hammer Throw (W): Jordan McClendon, Sydney Oberdiek, Emily Stauffer
Shot Put (W): Emily Stauffer
Javelin (W): Skylar Ciccolini, Ava Curry, Erin Zimmerman
Track Events —
400m (M): Nylo Clarke
400m Hurdles (W): Morgan O’Neal
800m (M): Chris Conrad
800m (W): Karina Liz
3000m Steeplechase (W): Melissa Menghini
5000m (W): Sarah Chapman
10,000m (M): Thomas George