Missouri gymnastics fell in a tightly contested season-opening meet at No. 23 Auburn, losing 196.625-194.875 on Friday night.
The visiting Tigers were narrowly edged out by the home Tigers in the vault (48.950-49.075) and on the bars (48.950-49.300) through the first two rotations. Despite strong performances from senior Kennedi Harris on her floor routine (9.825) and junior Brooke Kelly on the beam (9.850), Auburn held on by barely outscoring MU in the final two rotations and came away with a victory.
Missouri, ranked No. 17 in the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women's preseason poll, still has a tough row to hoe with a difficult schedule ahead. The Tigers' 2018 strength of schedule ranks as the fifth-most difficult in the nation based on the final NACGCW poll of 2017.
MU gymnastics returns home to host Arkansas at 6:45 p.m. next Friday at the Hearnes Center. Coverage of the meet can be seen live on SEC Network+.
Schweizer sets new MU record at Arkansas Invitational
Seven Tigers earned top-five finishes for the Missouri track and field team at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Senior Karissa Schweizer came in first place in the 1,000-meter run and set a new school record in the process with her time of 2 minutes, 44.12 seconds. She surpassed the previous school record of 2:45.41, which was set by Dana Glidden in 1980.
Schweizer's 1,000 time was the second-fastest recorded nationally indoors this season according to United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's database.
A pair of freshmen — Chris Conrad and Austin Hindman — also notched top-five finishes in just the second meet of their college careers. Conrad placed second in the 600 (119.78), while Hindman finished fourth in the mile (4:12.39).
MU next races next Friday and Jan. 20 at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rock Bridge boys rout Smith-Cotton in tournament play
The Rock Bridge boys basketball team extended its unbeaten start, routing Smith-Cotton 75-43 in early action at the Smith-Cotton Classic in Sedalia.
The Bruins (11-0), ranked No. 4 in the latest Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 5 poll, cruised thanks to a big second half in which they outscored the Tigers 43-23. Smith-Cotton is now 2-8 on the season.
Rock Bridge returns to the court Saturday afternoon to face Parkview in the Classic.
Battle boys settle for fourth in Rotating 8
The Battle boys basketball team was beaten by host Oakville 65-52 in the third-place game of the Rotating 8.
Battle's Trae Meny ended up on the all-tournament team alongside Missouri signee Torrence Watson, whose 39 points paced Whitfield to a 73-48 victory over Lutheran North in the title game.
Hickman boys and girls fall in road contests
The Hickman boys (2-13) dropped their first contest in 10 days, falling 76-63 at Lebanon.
I'ts the second straight loss for the Kewpies after dropping a 70-49 decision to Rock Bridge in their first game action of the new year. Hickman hopes to bounce back at 7 p.m. Tuesday when it begins play against host Liberty in the C.W. Stessman Invitational.
Elsewhere, the Hickman girls (2-11) fell to Waynesville 47-33 in a road contest of their own.
After a heartbreaking overtime loss earlier this week at Tolton, the Kewpies have now dropped their last six games. Hickman will look to snap that skid when it hosts Parkway North at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Tolton boys notch third straight win
The Tolton boys basketball team (8-6) won its third straight game by trouncing Barstow 62-47 at home.
The Trailblazers' win was never in doubt, as they held a commanding 48-25 lead entering the fourth quarter. Tolton returns to the hardwood to host Sikeston at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.
Battle girls bounce back with win over Southern Boone
Battle narrowly escaped with a 43-40 bounce-back win over Southern Boone in a California Tournament consolation semifinal.
The Spartans snapped a long losing streak that dated back to mid-December with the win and advanced to the consolation final at 10 a.m. Saturday against St. James, a 56-19 winner over Fulton in the other consolation semi.