Jeláni Kelly
Jeláni Kelly

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
Hazelwood Central

Awards/Honors

  • 2010-11 NCAA Outdoor Division I West Preliminary Qualifier (discus)
  • 2009-10 NCAA Outdoor Regional Qualifier (discus)

Missouri State Career Bests

Event

Best

Shot Put (indoor)

48-02.00

Weight Throw (indoor)

58-00.85

Shot Put (outdoor)

47-07.25

Discus (outdoor)

168-01.00

Hammer Throw (outdoor)

150-07.08

Javelin (outdoor)

96-07.00

At Missouri State: As the second best all-time performer at MSU in the hammer throw; third best in the shot put (outdoor), 20-lb weight throw, and discus (outdoor); and fifth best in the shot put (indoor), Jeláni Kelly will be the Bears' top thrower this season as she tries to become a three-time NCAA Regional Qualifier.

2011 Track:

Indoor: Had first-place finishes in both the shot put(45-05.66) and the weight throw (55-04.96) at the Bob Timmons Challenge....Took second at the Missouri Invitational in the weight throw (54-11.84) and fourth in the shot put (45-11.96)....Threw a personal best in the weight throw at the SIU Salukis Open with a distance of 58-00.85 feet, placing fifth and also taking home third in the shot put (45-10.39)....Saw another personal best performance at the MVC Indoor Championships, this time in the shot put with a distance of 46-08.23.

Outdoor: Had a personal best performance in the hammer throw with a distance of 150-07.08 feet, taking home second at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, where she also took home second in the discus throw with a distance of 155-05.35....Placed fifth in the shot put at the Kansas Relays with a personal best throw of 47-06.07....Had two personal best performances at the Kip Janvrin Open: the discus throw (159-03.81), a performance that would land her third place at the meet, and the javelin throw (85-00.86)....Qualified for the NCAA Division I West Preleminary Round in the discus throw, where she placed 35th with a distance of 149-10.42.

2010 Track:

Indoor: Threw a personal best (44-07.50) while finishing fourth at the Redbird Spring Invitational....Broke her previous record with a personal best in the hammer throw as the Ole Miss Invitational when she finished third and threw 151-00.00 (her previous best was 125-05.00)....Set a pair of indoor personal best in the shot put (45-10.50, Indiana Relays) and the weight throw (52-06.50, MVC Championships). Finished seventh (44-09.00) at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships

Outdoor: Threw 43-00.35 in the shot put at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships....At the Missouri Invitational, she placed third in the shot put....She also finished third in the shot put at the Eastern Illinois Mega Meet........Took home second in the shot put and third in the discus throw at the Razorback Spring Invitational.

2009 Track:

Indoor: Set her personal bests in both the shot put (42-00.75) and the weight throw (47-05.00), placing 11th and 14th, respectively, at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships....Set a personal best in the hammer throw (105-08.00) at the Missouri Relays, finishing 13th....Was a top-five finisher in the discus throw at the three meets in which she competed (Joey Haines Invitational, Kansas Relays and MVC Outdoor Championships).

Outdoor: Set an outdoor shot put personal best (40-01.05) at the Kansas Relays, placing 14th....Was the fourth-place discus thrower at the MVC Outdoor Championships, where she set a personal best of 156-01.00.

Background: Kelly won the state championship in discus her junior season....Was a three-time All-State honoree in discus....Won conference and district championship in discus during her senior season....Set the Hazelwood Central record for discus her senior season....Named to All-Conference and All-District teams three straight years....Member of the conference-winning girl's track team during senior season.

Personal: Jeláni Danae Kelly was born May 30, 1990, in St. Louis, Mo....Daughter of Aaron and Lisa Kelly....Has five brothers: Aaron Jr., Eric, Daniel, Bruce and Brian....Majoring in exercise and movement science.

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