Director of Track & Field Ron Boyce Previews 2013-14 Indoor Season
Awards/Honor 2014-15 Track and Field: All-MVC Outdoor (400 hurdles, 4x400) ... All-MVC Indoor (4x400) 2013-14 Track and Field: All-MVC Outdoor (400 hurdles, 4x400) ... All-MVC Indoor (4x400) ... Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll 2012-13 Track and Field: MVC Honor Roll ... All-MVC Outdoor (400m hurdles, 4x400m) ... Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll
2015 Track and Field Indoor: Competed in eight meets ... Opened the season at the Arkansas Invitational (Jan. 9) and placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles prelims (8.80), fifth in the 60-meter hurdles finals (8.86), and first in the 4x400m relay (3:45.20) ... Placed fourth in the 60m hurdles prelims (8.99), third in the 60m hurdles finals (8.77), and first in the 4x800 relay (9:48.24) at the Missouri Invitational (Jan. 16) ... At the UAB Vulcan Invitational (Jan. 23), placed fourth in the 400m dash (56.17), seventh in the 60 meter hurdles prelims (8.75) and fourth in the finals (8.74), and won the 4x800m relay (9:48.24) ... Competed in the 60 meter hurdles at the UAB Green & Gold Invitational (Jan. 24), placing third in the prelims with her 8.76 and fourth in the finals with her 8.73 ... At the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational (Feb. 6-7), placed 14th in the 400-meter dash (56.77), 19th in the 60m hurdles prelims (8.77), and third in the 4x400m relay (3:46.67) ... Placed eighth in the 200-meter dash prelims (25.50), third in the 60-meter hurdles prelims (8.70), and first in the 4x400m relay (3:42.86) at the Purdue Fred Wilt Invitational (Feb. 14) ... Competed in three events at the Arkansas Open (Feb. 21): Eighth in the 200m dash (25.20), fourth in the 60m hurdles (8.68), and first in the 4x400m relay (3.39.98) ... At the MVC Championships (Feb. 28-Mar. 1): Placed eighth in the 400-meter prelims (57.02) and sixth in the finals (57.02), broke a school record set back in 2005 twice in the 60m hurdles prelims (8.55) and finals (8.51) to earn fourth in the event, and won a conference championship in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:43.34.
Outdoor: Competed in seven meets ... Opened the season competing in three events at the Texas Relays (Mar. 25-28): 20th in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.79), 12th in the 4x400m relay (3:43.35), and 12th in the 1,600m Spring-Medley Relay (4:02.57) ... Placed seventh in the 100m hurdles prelims (13.89) and fifth in the finals (13.72) at the John McDonnell Invitational (Apr. 10-11), as well as third in both the 400m hurdles (1:00.78) and in the 4x400m relay (3:41.07) ... Ran a 24.78 in the 200m dash to earn 10th and 13.77 in the 100m hurdles to place third at the John Jacobs Invitational (Apr. 17-18) ... Ran in three races at the Drake Relays (Apr. 22-25): 17th in the 100m hurdles (14.39), seventh in the 400m hurdles (59.39), and 12th in the 4x400m relay (3:41.47) ... Placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.13 and 11th in the 200m dash with a 24.78 at the Arkansas Twilight (May 1) ... At the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships (May 15-17): Placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles prelims (13.66) and fifth in the finals with a Botswana National Record of 13.57), won both the prelims (59.37) and the finals (59.88) of the 400m hurdles, runner-up in the 4x400m relay (45.31) ... Competed at the NCAA West Prelims (May 28-30) hosted by the University of Texas, placing 21st in the prelims (1:00.14) and 18th in the 400m Hurdles semifinals (59.99), as well as 43rd in the 100m Hurdles (13.81).
2014 Track and Field Indoor: Competed in seven meets ... Opened the year with sixth place finish in the 400-meter run at the Arkansas Preview with a time of 57.33 (Jan. 10) ... Followed up with an improved 57.01 at the Holiday Inn Invitational (Jan. 17-18) in Lincoln, Neb. ... Placed forth in 4x400-meter relay at 3:51.37 in Wichita's Varsity Apartments Invitational (Jan. 31- Feb. 1) ... Dropped nearly two seconds in the 4x400-meter relay to win the Missouri Invitational (Feb. 7) with 3:49.67 ... Placed third in the unseeded 400-meter dash with 56.00 at Iowa State Classic (Feb. 14-15) ... Fifth in 400-meter dash finals at Missouri Valley Championships (Mar. 1-2) in 56.66 ... Third in MVC 4x400-meter relay in 3:45.26.
Outdoor: Competed in nine meets ... Placed second in the opening outdoor meet with her 14.21 in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the 200-meter dash with a career-best 25.41 at the Tulsa Duels (Mar. 21-22) ... Earned two more second place finishes the following week at the Vanderbilt Black a Gold (Mar. 28-29) in both the 100-meter hurdles at 14.26 and the 400-meter hurdles in 1:01.00 ... In the Arkansas Spring Invitational (Apr. 5), placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles (14.38), second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.11), and third in the 4x400 relay (3:43.39) ... Ran a career-best 55.35 in the 400-meter dash at the Missouri Relays (Apr. 12) ... Qualified for the 100-meter hurdles finals after a prelim time of 14.41, only to earn a career best in the finals and place fifth in 13.81, and qualified for the 400-meter finals wit her 1:01.07 in the prelims, and finished second with her 59.86 in the Kansas Relays (Apr. 16-19) finals ... At the Drake Relays (Apr. 25-26), placed ninth in the 400-meter hurdles with a 59.36 and 16th in the 4x400 relay prelims with a 3:42.05 ... In three events at the Jace LaCoste Invitational (May 3), placed 11th in the 100-meter hurdles (14.48), second in the 400-meter hurdles (59.91), and ran the first leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay team (3:39.47) ... Had a tremendous showing at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships (May 16-18) with a fourth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles prelims in 13.93 and a 13.96 in the finals to earn sixth in the conference, earned a second place finish in both the prelims (1:00.75) and the finals (59.24) of the 400-meter prelims, and placed second in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:42.41 ... In the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Fayetteville, Ark., she placed 34th in the 400-meter hurdles first round with a time of 1:00.34 and earned a 24th place finish in the 4x400 relay after finishing in 3:47.44.
2013 Track a Field Indoor: Competed in eight meets ... Won the 400 meters in first collegiate meet in 57.89 at ASU Kickoff Klassic (Dec. 2) ... Was part of 4x400-meter relay squad that won the event in 3:51.80 at ASU Also was fifth in the 55-meter hurdles finals at ASU (8.43) ... Ran leadoff leg as team won 4x400 at Saluki Open on Jan. 11 in 3:49.70 ... Also was fourth in the 400 in 58.22 at SIU ... Second in 600 meters in 1:34.32 at Missouri Invitational (Jan. 18) ... Second in 4x400 at Rod McCravy Memorial Meet (Jan. 25) in 3:45.25 ... Sixth in 400 finals at MVC Championships in 56.46 (Feb. 24), earning All-MVC honors in the event ... Also fifth in the 4x400 in 3:49.08.
Outdoor: Competed in eight meets ... Second in 400 meters at season-opening Tulsa Duals (March 15) in 55.96 ... Won the 400-meter hurdles at Mississippi State Conference Challenge (March 23) in 1:00.05 ... Also eighth in 100 hurdles (14.38) and part of fifth-place 4x400-meter relay team (3:49.25) at Mississippi State ... Seventh in 800 meters in 2:17.04 in Razorback Spring Invitational (March 30) ... Second in 400 hurdles in 59:86 at Ole Miss Open (April 20) ... Earned All-MVC honors in 400-meter hurdles, finishing third in 59.67, and 4x400-meter relay (second, 3:39.44) ... Was 29th in 400 at NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Austin Texas (May 23) in 59.97.
2013 IAAF World Championships Qualified to compete for Botswana in IAAF World Championships in 4x400-meter relay in Moscow on Aug. 16 ... One 78 collegiate student-athletes to compete in World Championships ... Squad ran 3:38.96 in preliminary heat ... First MSU student-athlete to compete in IAAF World Championships since 1999.
Background In 2012, Babolayi finished in first position in the Gaborone, Botswana National Championship 400m hurdles with a time of 58.92 ... Also finished in first position in the 400m race in 54.60 ... Placed fourth in the South Africa Open Championship 400m hurdles at 58.84 ... Won Junior Sport Female of the Year award in Botswana in 2010.
Personal Oarabile Babolayi was born Aug. 3, 1992 in Marsh, Botswana ... Daughter of Babolayi Moloi and Chipini Babolayi ... Has seven siblings ... Majoring in physical education.