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Matter's Best of Mizzou: No. 27, Derrick Peterson

This is the latest in a series of stories highlighting the top 30 Mizzou athletes Dave Matter has covered in his time writing about the Tigers since the late 1990s. The series will run every day Monday through Friday.

In his signature event, the 800 meters, Derrick Peterson crossed the finish line first eight times in eight races at the Big 12 Conference championship events from 1997-2000. Eight for eight. From his freshman year to his senior season, from age 19 to 22, the Missouri Tiger was undefeated on the conference stage. Indoor, outdoor, didn’t matter.