38 Missourians Qualify for USATF Olympic Trials


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Chris Auckley                                                                                                                                                        morunner@hotmail.com                                                                                                                                @MOTrackFanatic

38 Missourians qualify for 2016 USATF Olympic Trials

2016 USATF Olympic Trials Schedule with Missouri Athletes competition times: https://kvisit.com/QA/oGY/o91IiA,1,_5MeGZk9yK4HIbQZWToxYFBXi_YIO3pI2VutOlGwVSA

The 2016 USA Track and Field Olympic Trials are underway in Oregon, with the 20k Race Walks being held yesterday in Salem, and the track and field events getting underway today in Eugene. Thirty-six athletes who were born, grew up in, competed at Missouri High Schools, compete/ed collegiately in Missouri, or are married to a Missouri native have qualified for the 11 day event that determines Team USA for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

One qualifier has already had to scratch as Brentwood High School senior  star javelin thrower Sophia Rivera is still recovering from an elbow injury which cost her her senior summer season. See David Kvidahl’s story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch story here: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/high-school/girls-track/injury-forces-rivera-to-withdraw-from-olympic-trials/article_8781e262-3d50-11e6-b6b0-d7301418421f.html

Hopefully this year will see a handful of Missourians make the team for the Olympics like five did in 2008, and four in 2012. One notable athlete missing from this year’s Trials. Christian Cantwell, a two-time Olympian in the shot put who won the silver medal in 2008 and placed fourth in 2012. Cantwell has had more than his fair share of injuries over his career and at the Downtown Lawrence, KS. Shot Put in April said he just needed a lot of reps to get where he needed to be this season. Apparently Cantwell hasn’t gotten there, sadly.

Photos and athlete info will be added soon to the list below.

Missouri Qualifiers:

38 Missouri Qualifiers-37 competitors, 40 entries/39 entries to compete

Name, affiliation, Hometown, High School, College(s),                                                                        Event, Seed, Time/Mark

Mike Rodgers, Nike, McCluer South Berkeley HS, Lindenwood U, Oklahoma Baptist, U  100-3rd 9.86                                                                                                                                               200-31st 20.42

Markesh Woodson, Mizzou Sr., Colorado Springs, Co.                                                                 100-21/22nd 10.05

Ashley Henderson, San Diego State So. Hazelwood Central HS,                                     Hazelwood/St. Louis, MO.                                                                                                                             200-22nd 22.64

Laquisha Jackson, Mizzou Jr., Chattanooga, TN.                                                                            200-41st 23.10

Terrel Cotton, Unattached, Warrensburg HS, Warrensburg, MO. Lincoln University ’12 200-13th 20.16


Maurice Mitchell, Unattached, Raytown South HS, Kansas City, MO. Florida State ‘12    200-35th 20.46

Kahmari Montgomery, Mizzou Fr., Plainfield Il.                                                                             400-13th 45.13

Tiffani McReynolds, unattached, Kansas City, KS. Pembroke Hill HS,                                              Baylor University ‘15                                                                                                                                   100H-23rd 12.88

Aaron Mallet, Iowa Jr. McCluer North HS, St. Louis, MO.                                                          110H-17th 13.48

Richard Lowe, unattached, Ruskin HS, Kansas City, MO. Memphis University ’11          400H-26th 50.46

Shannon Leinert, Brooks/Speed Factory Athletics, Eureka HS, Wildwood, MO,                      Florida, Mizzou ’10                                                                                                                                   800-19th 2:01.62


Jenny Simpson, New Balance, Florida HS, University of Colorado,                                    Married to Jason Simpson, runner and alum of Liberty HS & Truman State                       1500-2nd 3:57.30

Courtney Frerichs, Nike/Bowerman TC, Nixa HS, Nixa, MO.                                                           UMKC ’15, New Mexico ‘16                                                                                                                           3k Steeplechase-4th 9:24.41

Colleen Quigley, Nike/Bowerman TC, Nerinx Hall HS, St. Louis, MO. Florida State ‘15          3k Steeplechase-5th 9:24.92-from 2015

Jessica (Jackson) Kamilos, Arkansas Sr. Neosho HS, Neosho, MO.                                                3k Steeplechase-14th 9:41.28


Caleb Hoover, Northern Arizona Sr., College Heights Christian HS, Joplin, MO.                     3k Steeplechase- 17th 9:33.77

Bryce Miller, UMKC Jr., Ashland, WI.                                                                                                      3k Steeplechase-19th 8:34.32

Emily Sisson, New Balance, Parkway Central HS, Chesterfield, MO.                           Providence College ‘15                                                                                                                                5k-16/17th 15:24.83                                                                                                                                            10k-2nd 31:38.03 from 2015

Serena (Ramsey) Burla, RIADA/Mizuno, Waukesha, WI. Mizzou ’08,                                             10k-24th 32:17.34

Nick Christie, unattached, San Diego, CA. Missouri Baptist University ‘15                             20k Race Walk-2nd 1:26.59


Molly Josephs, Missouri Baptist Sr., Long Island/Garden City, NY.                                            20k Race Walk-9th 1:45.05


John Warren, Mizzou So. Prince George, Va.                                                                                  Triple Jump-21st 16.68m/54-8.75

Tony Carodine, Mizzou Sr., Colorado Springs, Co.                                                                             Triple Jump-22nd 16.14m/52-11.5

Andy Gilmore, Computomarx Track Club, Ashland, MO. Southern Boone County HS, Central Missouri ‘03                                                                                                                                 High Jump-18th 2.21m/7-3


Chris Nilsen, Park Hill HS, Kansas City, MO. South Dakota signee,                                                 Pole Vault-25th 5.60m/18-4.75



Vera (Neuenswander) Schmitz, unattached, Jefferson City HS, Jefferson City, MO.               Indiana ‘11                                                                                                                                                     Pole Vault-22nd 4.50m/14-9.25

Kearsten Peoples, unattached, Ottawa HS, Ottawa, KS. Mizzou ‘15                                                 Shot Put-14th 17.89m/58-8.25

Jill Rushin, unattached, Jackson HS, Jackson, MO. Mizzou ‘15                                                         Shot Put-18th 17.72m/58-1

Mason Finley, unattached, Buena Vista, CO., Kansas ’14, Wyoming ’15,                                Born in Kansas City, MO.                                                                                                                 Discus-6th 65.63m/215-4

Mike Torie, Iron Wood TC, Marysville, WA. Lindenwood University ‘09                                   Discus-17th 61.92m/203-1

Colin Cashner, Detroit Mercy Sr., St. Louis, MO. St. Mary’s HS, Detroit Mercy University ‘16  Hammer Throw-22nd 68.45m/224-7

Deanna Price, Southern Illinois Sr., Moscow Mills, MO. Troy HS, Southern Illinois ‘16  Hammer Throw-3rd 72.66m/238-4

Gwen Berry, Nike/New York Athletic Club, McCluer HS, St. Louis, MO. Southern Illinois ‘11  Hammer Throw-5th 72.26m/237-1

Heavin Warner, Central Missouri Sr., St. Joseph MO. Benton HS,                                               Hammer Throw-10th 69.33m/227-5

Brittany Borman, Nike/New York Athletic Club, DeSoto, MO. Festus HS,                          UCLA, Oklahoma ‘12                                                                                                                         Javelin-2nd 64.22m/210-8

Sophia Rivera, Brentwood Sr, Brentwood, MO. Brentwood HS, Wisconsin signee       Javelin-16th 54.96/180-4 scratched with elbow injury



Chantae McMillan, unattached, Rolla, MO. Rolla HS, Nebraska ‘11                                     Heptathlon-7th 6112pts

Lindsay Lettow, ABEO/Santa Barbara Track Club, Urbandale, IA., Central Missouri ‘13  Heptathlon-10th 6,023pts

Other connections:

Ben & Jen Rosario’s Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite,                                                               Ben Rosario, SLUH & Truman State Alum                                                                                              5k 14/15 Kellyn Taylor    HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite             15:22.10                                                     10k                                                                                                                                                                         5 Kellyn Taylor   HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite             31:40.70                                                             18 Rochelle Kanuho        HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite             32:08.76                                                  22 Stephanie Bruce         Oiselle / HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite           32:14.42

16 Scott Fauble HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite             28:00.43                                                               22 Scott Smith   HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite             28:24.27                                                                23 Benjamin Bruce          HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite             28:25.32

Coach Kris Grimes Athletes, Jefferson City HS graduate, Ex Mizzou Grad Asst.                       Current Texas A&M Asst.                                                                                                                         Pole Vault                                                                                                                                                        17 Chase Wolfle                Texas A&M         5.65m/18-6.5                                                                          18 Audie Wyatt Texas A&M         5.65m/18-6.5                                                                    Heptathlon                                                                                                                                                      18 Annie Kunz   Texas A&M         5,976     accepted             declared

Georgia Tech Asst. Coach & Mizzou All-American High Jumper Nat Page                                 HJ 2 Chaunte Lowe                          Nike       1.96                                                                                      LJ 20 Bria Matthews        Georgia Tech     6.49m                                                                                   TJ 10 Bria Matthews        Georgia Tech     13.73m qualified

Agent Jeff Hartwig Athletes, St. Charles native,                                                                   Florissant Valley & Arkansas State grad,                                                                                     Current MICDS pole vault coach, 2x Olympic Pole Vaulter                                                                   6 Sharika Nelvis 100H      adidas, Arkansas State, 12.61                                                                      6 Kylie Hutson   Pole Vault Nike 4.70m                                                                                                 11 Becky Holliday Pole Vault        ASICS    4.60        qualified              declared

Meet Info: http://www.usatf.org/Events—Calendar/2016/U-S–Olympic-Team-Trials—Track—Field.aspx

Schedule: http://www.usatf.org/Events—Calendar/2016/U-S–Olympic-Team-Trials—Track—Field/Schedule.aspx

Start Lists: http://www.usatf.org/Events—Calendar/2016/U-S–Olympic-Team-Trials—Track—Field/Start-Lists.aspx

Live Results:http://trialsresults.usatf.org/

TV Coverage: NBC, NBC Sports Network, NBC Live Sports Extra App,  http://olympictrials.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=49&do=news&news_id=406403-7-1-10-16-U-S-Olympic-Team-Trials–Track-Field-Live-TV-Webcast-Info%27&utm_content=buffer9b0f8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer



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