The Southeastern Conference has the nation’s top two teams and four of the top seven, and we’re not talking preseason football.
The SEC dominates track and field as well, and some of the nation’s top athletes are at Missouri for the league championship that started on Thursday.
The meet begins in earnest on Friday, with top-ranked Florida, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 5 Arkansas and No. 7 Georgia in the hunt for the men’s team title.
On the women’s side, the domination is equally evident with the Aggies, Florida and LSU ranked 2-3-4 in the latest national poll conducted by the sports’ coaches association.
Keeping an eye on the proceedings will be the Kansas women’s program. The Jayhawks are the nation’s top-ranked team.
Missouri isn’t expected to figure in the team titles, but several individuals will compete for championships.
• Kearsten Peoples, who attended Ottawa High, ranks first in the SEC in the shot put, third in the discus and sixth in the hammer throw.
• Laura Roxberg, a senior who went to Blue Valley Northwest, ranks fourth in the 1,500.
• Sophomore Katrine Haarklau ranks fourth in the javelin.
• Seniors Dan Quigley, who ranks second in the SEC in the 5,000, and Max Storms, who ran at O’Hara, ranks fourth in the 10,000.
• Freshman sprinter Markesh Woodson won the men’s 60 meters at the SEC indoor championship.
For Missouri, outdoor track is the first SEC championship contested in Columbia, which played host to three Big 12 meets.
The NCAA outdoor championship is June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.