Jan. 19, 2013
Missouri Invitational Results
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Victories by Pernell Joseph and Althia Maximilien and a flurry of personal-best performances highlighted a solid day here for the Missouri State track and field team on Friday (Jan. 18) at the Missouri Invitational.
Ronald Boyce, director of track & field and cross country, said the Bears are getting a good idea of what they need to do to prepare for the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship meet on Feb. 23-24 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Missouri State rested some of its student-athletes on Friday, but Boyce said he was pleased with the outcome in Columbia.
“This meet gave some of our better performers a chance to step down and rest a little bit, but the girls who did compete all performed well again,” Boyce said.
Joseph continued to dominate in the 60-meter dash, as the junior sprinter claimed first-place finishes in the preliminary and final rounds for the second meet in a row. Joseph crossed the prelims finish line in 7.51 seconds -- which matched her personal-best time -- and went on to win the final round in 7.56 seconds. Freshman Shavonne Husbands continued to impress with third-place finishes in the 60-meter prelims and finals, which included a personal-best time of 7.72 seconds in the preliminary.
Maximilien won the 600-meters in 1:33.63 and led from beginning to end. Other notable performances from the 600-meters included personal bests from freshmen Oarabile Babolayi (1:34.32) and Cindy Forde (1:42.81). Babolayi and Forde placed second and fifth, respectively.
Other personal-best times by Bears runners included freshman Taeler Marshall in the mile run (5:49.48, 14th place), freshman Chelsie Horton in the 400-meter dash (1:01.60, 16th) and senior Emily Beaver in the 1,000-meter run (3:04.21, 4th).
The Bears also notched a couple of personal bests in jumps. Senior Kimsue Grant launched to a new best distance of 12.57 meters in the triple jump, while sophomore Haley Scott posted a mark of 4.78 meters in the long jump, which out-distanced her previous best by about a tenth of a meter.
The Bears will resume competition next weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in Lexington, Ky. The two-day event will convene on Jan. 25-26, with 9 a.m. start times set for both dates.