Director of Track & Field Ron Boyce Previews 2013-14 Indoor Season
Awards/Honors 2012-13 Track & Field: MVC Honor Roll ... All-MVC Outdoor (400m hurdles, 4x400m) ... Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll
2014 Track & 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 (1/17-18) in Lincoln, Neb. ... Placed forth in 4x400-meter relay at 3:51.37 in Wichita's Varsity Apartments Invitational (1/31-2/1) ... Dropped nearly two seconds in the 4x400-meter relay to win the Missouri Invitational (2/7) with 3:49.67 ... Placed third in the unseeded 400-meter dash with 56.00 at Iowa State Classic (2/14-15) ... Fifth in 400-meter dash finals at Missouri Valley Championships (3/1-2) in 56.66 ... Third in MVC 4x400-meter relay in 3:45.26.
2013 Track & 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 Mosetse, Botswana ... Daughter of Babolayi Moloi and Chipini Babolayi ... Has seven siblings ... Majoring in physical education.