Track and Field Bears Off to Solid Start at MVC Championships, Grant Enters History Books
Feb. 25, 2012
CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -
The Missouri State track and field squad came out on fire at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Competition concluded Saturday (Feb. 25) night at the UNI Dome. The Bears had 11 personal best performances during the first day of competition.
"We had a great day," said director of track and field and cross country Ron Boyce, "When you get that many personal best, no matter where you finish, it's exciting."
Kimsue Grant won the long jump with a personal best leap of 19-11.10. Grant's performance surpassed her previous personal best by nearly 11 inches and makes her the third best all-time performer in MSU history in the event. Ahshane Johnson (18-10.50) and Gemma Smith (18-10.00) added to more personal best performances in the long jump finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.
MSU freshman sensation Althia Maximilien came up big for the Bears, winning the 400-meter dash prelims with a personal best 54.83. Maximilien also won her heat in the 200-meter dash prelims with another personal best time of 24.60. Three other Bears qualified for tomorrow's 200-meter finals. Shantel Llewellyn won her heat with a personal best 24.67. Pernell Joseph (24.71) and Merica Moncherry (24.82) both won their heats, as well in the event.
Along with Joseph's solid 200-meter dash performance, she added a second place finish in the 60-meter dash prelims with a personal best time of 7.51. Ekate Lymon tied her personal best (7.61) in the 60-meter dash finishing third. Adding to the personal best performance list, Shantel Llewellyn finished sixth in the event with a time of 7.55. Merica Moncherry also qualified for the 60-meter dash finals, finishing seventh with a personal best time of 7.61.
Gabriella Ade-Onojobi helped out MSU by finishing fourth in the 60-meter hurdles prelims running a personal best 8.68. Terry Phillips and Emily Beaver also chipped in a few points for the Bears in the 3,000-meter run finishing fifth and seventh, respectively.
Day Two of the State Farm MVC Championships will begin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. CT. Complete results will be made available at www.missouristatebears.com following the conclusion of events.