Jan. 11, 2013
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Stellar performances in the long jump by Missouri State's Kimsue Grant and Robiann Broomfield led the way for the Bears track and field squad, which opened competition at the Saluki Open in Carbondale, Ill. on Friday (Jan. 11).
Grant, a senior, spearheaded the Bears' outing with a victory in the women's long jump finals with a leap of 6.06 meters (19 feet, 10.75 inches).
Broomfield placed third in the same event, as the freshman from Clarendon, Jamaica smashed her previous best distance that she set last month at the Arkansas State Kickoff Klassic. Broomfield's best leap on Friday was 5.56 meters (18 feet, 3 inches), six inches better than the mark she set at the Klassic.
"That's pretty impressive, especially after returning from a three-and-a-half week break," said Ronald Boyce, director of track & field and cross country. "We're really looking forward to tomorrow."
Junior Gemma Smith placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.23 meters (17 feet, 2 inches).
Missouri State resumes competition at the Saluki Open tomorrow (Jan. 12). The day will begin with field events at 10 a.m. and will be followed by running events at 10:30 a.m.