MU's Watkins takes bronze at Junior Championships

Sean Clarke, Maddie Villalba, Mikayla Schneider, Nia Akins, and Tia Livingston will all represent the Red and Blue at the USATF Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships, while Chris Hatler and 2016 graduate Sam Mattis will compete in the USATF Outdoor Championships. Jackson came up just two inches short of his personal best of 235-4 from the NCAA final to finish runner-up in the event. She was the second-highest finishing collegian in the field, behind Rebekah Wales of Louisiana State University.

The meet not only serves as the national championship, but it also is the qualifying meet for those athletes looking to make the USA team that will compete at the 2017 World Championships in London, England, later this year. The top-three finishers per event will earn a spot on Team USA, should they reach the IAAF qualifying standards. He did not advance to the semifinals.

Another Cougar, sophomore Clayton Young, was scheduled to run in the final of the men's 10,000 meters later Thursday. The top two in each heat and the next six fastest times advanced - and Piazza was one of those six fastest.

In other action, recently-crowned NCAA Champion Mikiah Brisco ran 11.23 (+1.6) for 20th place overall in the women's 100 meters and All-American Blair Henderson finished 26th in qualifying in the men's 800 meters. Competition begins at 1:45 p.m., Thursday.

The semifinals, with 16 runners, will be Friday at 9:28 p.m. (MDT).

Note: Times are Central and subject to change due to weather and athlete advancement.

  • Larry Hoffman