14 Missourians qualify for DI Indoor Track & Field Nationals


The qualifiers for the 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships were announced Tuesday by the DI Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee. The Championships will be held at The University of Arkansas’ Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Thursday-Saturday, March 11-13.

The top-16 individuals and top-12 relay teams on the national performance list that didn’t scratch out of consideration   for the meet qualified. That totals 240 individual entries per gender and 96-144 entries with four to six athletes on relay pools in the 4×400 and distance medley relay. Top-8 finishers will earn 1st-Team All-America honors while 9th-16th place finishers will earn 2nd-Team honors.

This years meet will be the first NCAA Division I Cross Country or Track and Field Championships since the November 2019 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Athletes, coaches, and fans were in Albuquerque, New Mexico last March for the 2020 Indoor Track and Field Championship Meet. However, as reports of the virus spread across the country, the day before the scheduled 2-day meet, the NCAA announced that fans and families would not be allowed into the Convention Center to watch the meet, that attendance was limited to athletes, staff, and media. The next morning the meet was cancelled and that afternoon, all remaining NCAA Winter and Spring Championships were cancelled as the virus spread and health concerns skyrocketed.  

The list of Missouri qualifiers includes four Missouri women and 10 men qualifying as 15 entries. The Missouri natives, former Missouri prep athletes, or current Missouri collegians is led by field eventers with seven of the 15 entries in the field events plus an additional multi-eventer in the heptathlete. Seven of the field eventers are jumpers/vaulters while two more entries are throwers. Track events make up five entries.

#TeamMO is led by Baylor junior KC Lightfoot. The Lee’s Summit native and former Lee’s Summit High School state champion has been unbelievable this year, not only breaking the pole vault collegiate record, but clearing the rarified air of the 6-meter mark bar. Lightfoot performances earned him Big 12 Field Athlete of the Year and his 2nd straight USTFCCCA South Central Regional Field Athlete of the Year.

2021 NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Missouri Qualifiers

Name                    School   Year Indoor/Outdoor        

Event(s)               Seed      Mark/Time      Hometown, High School, Prev School

Men

KC Lightfoot       Baylor   Jr/So  

Pole Vault     1st              6.00/19-8.25       Lee’s Summit, MO/HS

Ja’Mari Ward     Mizzou 5yr-Sr/Jr              

Long Jump         8th              7.93m/26-0.25 Cahokia, Ill./HS

Darius Clark        Texas A&M Jr/Jr               

Long Jump          T9th      7.85m/25-9.25 Blue Springs, MO/HS, Coffeyville CC/FSU

Papay Glaywulu Nebraska Jr/Jr                  

Triple Jump         8th           16.31m/53-6.25 Kansas City, MO, Park Hill, Oklahoma

Georgi Nachev  Mizzou So/So                   

Triple Jump         15th           16.07m/52-8.75 Yambol, Bulgaria

Isaiah Martin      Purdue Jr/So                     

Heptathlon         12th           5610 pts               Barnhart, MO, Hillsboro HS

Lance Lang          Kentucky So/Fr                

200m                     8th           20.75                     Florissant, MO, McCluer North

 4x400m                3rd           3:04.67 

Chris Conrad      Mizzou Jr/So                     

800m                     12th         1:48.45                  O’ Fallon, Ill., O’ Fallon Township HS

Devin Meyrer    Michigan Sr/Jr                  

5000m                   16th         13:46.68               Wildwood, MO. Lafayette HS

Brandon Miller  Texas A&M Fr/Fr             

4x400m Alt*       8th           3:06.28                  O’ Fallon, MO. John Burroughs HS

Women

DeeNia McMiller Memphis    5thSr/Sr    

Weight Throw   4th           22.77m/74-8.5   Kansas City, MO. Winnetonka HS

Shauniece O’Neal So. Illinois        Jr/So     

Weight Throw    5th           22.72m/74-6.5   Florissant, MO. Hazelwood Central HS

Arianna Fisher   Mizzou                 Jr/So     

Triple Jump         10th         13.47m/44-2.5 San Jose, CA. Silver Creek HS

Euphenie Andre Mizzou                So/Fr    

Triple Jump         16th         13.21m/43-4.25 Dover Plains, NY, Dover HS

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