Bears' Sprinters Shine at Arkansas Invitational, Kelly Breaks School Shot Put Record
Jan. 6, 2012
Fayetteville, Ark. -
The Missouri State track and field squad performed well in their first meet of the new year Friday evening. The Bears traveled to the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
Senior Jelaní Kelly won the shot put competition with a distance of 48-02.00 ft., breaking Missouri State's All-time record. Kelly's distance surpassed Keisha Walkes' record (48-00.85) set in 2005. Kelly also won the weight throw with a distance of 57-05.00 ft.
"I am really proud of our sprinters", said director of track and field and cross country Ron Boyce, "They did tremendous and had a great meet. They really carried this one. Overall, I am very pleased with the team as a whole."
In the 60-meter dash, Pernell Joseph finished second with a personal best time of 7.60 seconds. Shantel Llewellyn followed close behind in third with a time of 7.64 seconds. The Bears also had three personal best performances in the 200-meter dash, with Joseph finishing third (24.41), Llewellyn finishing fifth (24.76) and Kara Graham finishing sixth (24.80).
The Bears' jumpers had strong performances in the high jump as Jordan Bond secured second place with a leap of 5-05.00 ft., clearing the height in her first attempt. Gemma Smith tied a personal best with her third-place performance of 5-05.00 feet, clearing the height in her second attempt.
The Missouri State track and field squad will be back in action Jan. 13-14 at the Salukis Open in Carbondale, Ill.