Jan. 26, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Althia Maximilien's conference-best time in the 400-meter dash spearheaded a strong Missouri State attack here on the final day of the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet.
Missouri State performed well against its most talented opposition this season, said Ronald Boyce, director of track & field and cross country. Clemson, the No. 1 team in the country, was among the competing squads.
"It's good to see our kids step up to the tough competition and not be afraid to compete against people they don't know," Boyce said. "We're going in the right direction."
Maximilien's 400-meter time of 54.35 seconds earned her a first-place finish and ranks as the 13th-fastest time among Division I sprinters in the event. That was one of two personal bests on the day for Maximilien, who also placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a new best time of 24.36 seconds.
Missouri State's freshmen also made solid impressions at the Kentucky meet. Shavonne Husbands crossed the 200-meter dash finish line in 24.43 seconds, a personal best time that was less than a tenth of a second behind Maximilien. Meanwhile, Oarabile Babolayi placed seventh in the 400-meter dash in 56.35 seconds.
A trio of distance runners also established new best marks in their events. Junior Lisa Imgrund earned a fifth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:40.49, which beat her previous mark by almost 10 seconds. Other personal bests came from freshmen Tenaly Smith and Cindy Forde. Smith finished the mile run in 5:20.53, while Forde was the top MSU finisher in the 800-meter run in 2:19.81.
The 4x400-meter relay squad of Babolayi, Husbands, Maximilien and Kimsue Grant earned a runner-up finish in 3:45.25. Earlier in the day, Grant established a new best time in the 200-meter dash (24.77).
Missouri State will resume competition on Feb. 1-2 at the Varsity Apartments Invitational in Wichita, Kan. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, respectively.