Bears Post Four More Personal Bests at Gladstein Invitational Friday
Jan. 24, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Missouri State track & field team opened the 21-team Gladstein Invitational with four personal bests at Indiana's Gladstein Fieldhouse Friday.
Freshman Kirstie Leslie continued the strong start to collegiate career in the pole vault, turning in a mark of 3.35 meters (10 feet, 11.75 inches), breaking her previous personal best, set last week at Nebraska by five centimeters, to finish in a tie for 11th place.
Junior Haley Scott finished 13th in the high jump with a personal-best mark of 1.60 meters (five feet, three inches).
Junior Chelsey Borders also run a Missouri State personal best in the 60-meter prelims, finishing ninth in 7.72 seconds to top her last best of 7.74 from the Arkansas Invitational on Jan. 10.
Sophomore Holly Pattie-Belleli earned the Bears' final personal best of the day, running 9.28 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles prelims. The Ongar, Essex, England, native bested her previous career mark of 9.31 to finish 16th overall in the event and second among MSU competitors. Classmate Oarabile Babolayi was 15th in the event in 9.23.
Scott finished 24th in the 60 hurdles in 9.87.
Junior Althia Maximilien posted Missouri State's top individual finish Friday, running third in the 400-meter invitational race in 56.84, just over seven tenths of a second behind Aarin Jones of Purdue for the win.
Sophomore Robiann Bloomfield was fourth in the triple jump with an effort of 12.14 meters (39 feet, 10 inches).
Sophomore Shavonne Husbands was the Bears' final top-20 finisher on the first day of the meet, stopping the clock in the 60-meter dash at 7.88 seconds.
The meet continues at 9 a.m., Saturday.