Forde, Roebuck Nab Personal Bests as Bears Close Holiday Inn Invitational
Jan. 18, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Missouri State track & field team posted a pair of personal bests on the second day of the Holiday Inn Invitational, hosted by Nebraska at the Devaney Sports Center, to close the two-day event on a high note.
Junior Althia Maximilien and sophomore Robiann Broomfield finished third in the 200 meters and triple jump, respectively, representing the Bears' highest finishes on the day. Maximilien ran 24.53 in the 200 and Broomfield leaped 12.19 meters (40 feet).
The two personal best came from sophomore Cindy Forde in the 600 meters and freshman Erin Roebuck in the 400. Forde ran 1:38.55 to place 10th and topped her previous best in the event of 1:38.60 set last week.
Roebuck was 17th overall in the 400 but shaved more than two seconds off her last top mark from Iowa State on Dec. 6. The Springfield native ran 58.43 in the quarter-mile.
Senior Pernell Joseph followed up her strong effort in the 60-meter prelims on Friday with a sixth-place finish in the finals Saturday, running 7.73.
Maximilien also led a group of three Bears in the 400, placing fourth in that event in 55.72. Babolayi was seventh in 57.01.
Sophomore Tenaly Smith turned in a top-10 performance in her first career 600-meter race. The Caldwell, Idaho, native was ninth in 1:37.79 and the top finisher of three Bears in the event.
Betsy Borgsmiller and Gemma Smith tied for eighth overall in the high jump pit with leaps of 1.60 meters (five feet, three inches). Gemma Smith was also eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 11.48 meters (37 feet, eight inches).
Missouri State returns to action Friday to start the two-day Gladstein Invitational at Indiana.