KANSAS CITY ROYALS CAREER FAIR

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The Kansas City Royals are excited to announce the Inaugural Career Fair taking place inside the Diamond Club at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, April 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Looking for a job, internship, or a career change? Join the Kansas City Royals and other business leaders for a unique networking opportunity to connect with representatives from a variety of corporate businesses and organizations. Fees and Game Information: $13.00 Career Fair Registration. Cost includes admittance to the Career Fair and a ticket to the Royals vs. Twins Game at 7:10 p.m. on April 29, 2011. For more information on the Royals Career Fair please contact Laurie Ambroson at (816) 504-4390 or email laurie.ambroson@royals.com.

Sweeney, Figueroa Win Big 12 Honors

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The Big 12 Conference announced today the 2010-11 Big 12 Swimming and Diving postseason awards, and two Tigers were selected to receive postseason honors. Jamie Sweeney received the honor of Big 12 Women's Diving Coach of the Year for the first time, while freshman Loren Figueroa also nabbed her first Women's Diver of the Year honor for the conference.

Rise Finishes as National Runner-Up

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With one event left in the heptathlon at the 2011 Indoor NCAA Championships, senior Lars Rise (Trodheim, Norway) found himself in fourth place. Rise was sitting in the middle of a logjam - 62 points separated the second place and seventh place competitors. Rise ran a huge five-second personal-best of 2:40.92 for 863 points in the 1,000m run to jump over two competitors and finish the event as the national runner-up.

Soccer 5k this Sunday!

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3rd Annual Tiger Trot 5K Run/Walk Benefitting True North 9:00 A.M., Sunday April 17, 2011 at Memorial Stadium $25 per person or pledge a dollar amount per mile* (Donations also Accepted) A portion of the proceeds will benefit True North in Columbia, Mo. T-Shirts and Prizes for participants. Please contact Shaunna Daugherty @ daughertys@missouri.edu with any questions and for registration details and visit WeAreMizzouSoccer.com for further detail.

Six Tigers Earn Academic Awards

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Six Missouri Gymnasts have been honored by the Big 12 conference for their academic achievement over the past year. Five Tigers have been named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 first team and one to the second team. Juniors Mary Burke and Allie Heizelman earned first team honors along with sophomore teammates Sandra Ostad, Lauren Swankoski and Tori Howard. Senior Alex Gold was named to the All-Big 12 second team as well.

Bouchard Takes Bronze Twice at World Trials

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Dominique Bouchard posts lifetime best finish in first event of the competition, and qualifies for World Games in the 200 back. Bouchard qualified for the World University Games with her bronze medal finish in the 200 back Saturday. She finished the event in 2:10.30, just ahead of fellow Missouri swimmer Lauren Lavigna, who finished fourth in 2:10.80. Bouchard will represent Canada at the Games held in August. Lavigna also led off a relay with her club team, earning a gold medal and setting a new Canadian record.

Sophomore Jace Long claims second victory of the spring season

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Jace Long (Dixon, Mo.) led Missouri Golf to its third consecutive victory of the spring season as he shot a second-round 67 and an even-par 72 to win the 2011 Arkansas-Little Rock First Tee Classic on Tuesday afternoon in Little Rock, Ark. The 2011 First Tee Classic was played at the par-72, 7,326-yard Chenal Country Club. The victory was Long's second straight for Head Coach Mark Leroux's club. Long won the Jackrabbit Invitational on March 15 in Las Vegas.

Bradley Takes Third, Schavrien Sixth

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Junior Dom Bradley picked up two wins to secure third place while senior Todd Schavrien finished in sixth as the Tiger wrestling team wrapped up the 2011 NCAA Championships. Bradley is the second heavyweight All-American in program history, joining two-time honoree and National Champion Mark Ellis. Bradley finished the year with a 30-4 record. Schavrien finished 30-9 in his senior season, and wrapped up his career with an 86-44 record while earning his first ever All-America honors along the way.

Hancock sets MU indoor record in pole

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By Dave Matter Columbia Daily Tribune
Saturday, February 19, 2011

A year ago Missouri assistant track coach Dan Lefever wasn’t sure if he’d ever see Brian Hancock pole vault again. Years of vaulting and weightlifting had punished the senior All-American’s lower back, causing two stress fractures in his L5 vertebrae.

The prescription was just as painful: No pole vaulting for a year.

That meant two seasons on the sideline — the 2010 indoor and outdoor campaigns.

“We weren’t really sure if he would be able to get back to full form,” Lefever said yesterday.

“My senior year,” Hancock said, “just disappeared on me.”

That chapter in Hancock’s MU career explains yesterday’s euphoric celebration inside the Hearnes Center fieldhouse.

On his second attempt at 17 feet, 7¾ inches at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge, Hancock cleared the bar but tapped it just enough for a wobble, leaving the crowd breathless as he watched from the mat below.

“I clipped it a little bit, but I thought I had a shot,” he said later.

He did. The bar snuggled into place on the standard for a new Missouri indoor record. Hancock broke his own school mark in the event (17-7¼), last set during the 2009 indoor season.

“It wasn’t my most technical jump in the world,” he said, “but it went down as a make and a make is all that matters in the end.”

The record-breaking vault stands as the best by a Big 12 athlete this year and should establish Hancock as a favorite at next week’s Big 12 Championships in Lincoln, Neb. Even better for the fifth-year senior, he most likely clinched a spot in next month’s NCAA Indoor Championships. Yesterday’s mark is the seventh-best height eclipsed by a vaulter this season.

“I came into the season with a goal of getting my mark and getting it over with so I knew I was in nationals and I could relax and just focus on jumping high,” Hancock said. “Second-to-last meet of the year I get it. Almost every meet of the year I’ve at least had a shot at this bar. So it’s nice to finally put one together, especially in front of my home crowd.”

Hancock hoped to treat the crowd to another broken record, but he fell short in three attempts at 18-0½. On the final attempt the bar cracked him on the head after he nicked it off the standard. But a bump on the head couldn’t spoil the performance Hancock had been chasing since his back abandoned him last year.

“Like a lot of sports, if your back is hurting, it can debilitate you,” said Lefever, MU’s associate head coach who specializes in the jumps and combined events. “It’s like a golfer swinging a golf club. You can’t do that with a bad back. And that’s just holding a stick. You run full force and put a 15-foot pole into an immovable object — that’s a lot of force going through your body. And if you’ve got any pain in your back, it’s really hard to do.”

After sitting out last spring’s outdoor season — the injury required only rest, not surgery — Hancock refined his technique last summer while gradually getting back into shape. The rest and preparation have contributed to what’s become his most productive season at MU.

“It’s kind of clichéd,” Lefever said, “but the silver lining is it’s helped him become a better vaulter than he was before. It forced him to make some changes.”

He wasn’t the only Missouri standout during yesterday’s meet, which also served as the American Midwest Conference championship meet. Freshman Kearsten Peoples swept the weight throw (60-3) and shot put (48-0½), while teammate Chris Holly won the men’s weight throw (61-9¾) and MU’s Corey Jones won the shot put (56-6½).

Missouri’s Leslie Farmer captured the 600-yard run, setting a meet record with a time of 1 minute, 23.13 seconds, her second-best time of the season. Also for MU, Tre Chambers won the 60 meters with a meet-record time (6.84 seconds), also his second-fastest time this season.

MU sophomore pole vaulter Heather Green smashed the meet record with a personal-best height of 12-6.

“It was exactly the type of meet that we needed heading into Big 12s,” MU Coach Brett Halter said. “We had a lot of big things happen in the field events today, and we were able to give tune-ups to the people on the track that needed them.”

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