Track and Field Bears Claim MVC Indoor Title
Feb. 26, 2012
CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -
The Missouri State track and field squad dominated the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships, earning 132 points. The Bears finished up their championship run Sunday (Feb. 26) evening at the UNI Dome. MSU had nine athletes earn all-MVC honors in eight different events.
"I'm not surprised at all," said director of track and field and cross country Ron Boyce, "It took an overall team effort to do this, and I'm really proud of them. There's no better feeling."
The Bears' sprint group annihilated the 60-meter dash as Ekate Lymon won the event with a personal best 7.522. Merica Moncherry finished third with a personal best 7.54. Shantel Llewellyn (7.55) and Pernell Joseph (7.63) finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Llewellyn's time ties her personal best in the 60-meter dash.
Llewellyn also won the 200-meter dash finals with a personal best time of 24.53. Merica Moncherry finished third with a personal best run of 24.58. Althia Maximilien (24.67) and Pernell Joseph (25.10) finished fourth and eighth, respectively. Maximilien also finished second in the 400-meter dash finals with a personal best time of 54.63.
The Bears' field group helped to further the winning effort as all three triple jumpers had personal best performances. Kimsue Grant finished second in the triple jump with a personal best leap of 40-09.75. Gemma Smith finished fourth (40-04.75) and Jordan Bond finished fifth (40-04.25). Smith and Bond also chipped in at the high jump, with both athletes taking home third place with heights of 5-06.00. That jump was a personal best for Smith.
Emily Beaver finished second in the mile with a personal best time of 4:54.16. The Bears 4x400-meter relay team added a third place finish with a time of 3:45.52. The relay squad consisted of Kara Graham, Moncherry, Llewellyn, and Maximilien. Also in distance, Erin Edwards (17:21.20) and Terry Phillips (17:50.74) finished sixth and 11th, respectively, in the 5,000-meter run. The distance medley squad (Emma Burditt, Alyx Dull, Nicole Thate, Lisa Imgrund) finished seventh with a time of 12:33.16. Jeláni Kelly also kicked in an eighth place finish in the shot put with a distance of 47-08.50.
Emily Beaver (one mile)
Jordan Bond (high jump)
Kara Graham (4x400m relay)
Kimsue Grant (triple jump, long jump)
Shantel Llewellyn (200m, 4x400m relay)
Ekate Lymon (60m)
Althia Maximilien (400m, 4x400m relay)
Merica Moncherry (60m, 200m, 4x400m relay)
Gemma Smith (high jump)
The Missouri State director of track and field and cross country Ron Boyce has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year the league announced Tuesday (Feb. 28) evening. This is the tenth time Boyce has earned the distinction for the Bears, having been named indoor coach of the year six times, outdoor three times and cross country once.
Boyce earned the status of coach of the year after producing the Bears' ninth MVC track and field title since taking the helm in 1997. Boyce, with the help of Bears' field group coach Brent Hobbs and distance coach Alick Musukuma, produced eight all-MVC performers in nine different events in the 2012 State Farm MVC Championships.
Under the direction of Boyce, the MSU track and field program now owns 462 all-conference medals, with 306 of those medals coming from sprint, hurdle, and relay athletes. Boyce has coached 145 individual and relay champions in the Valley. His sprint and hurdle athletes have dominated the conference racking up 105 gold medals, 62 silver medals and 44 bronze medals. Boyce has coached eight athletes earning the distinction of Valley's most outstanding athlete. During the 2002-2003 seasons, Boyce's program captured the Valley's Triple Crown, showing a balanced effort by winning the cross country, indoor and outdoor championships in the same year.
Before Boyce's arrival at MSU, only three track and field athletes qualified for the NCAA Division I meet. Since his arrival, the Bears have had 45 NCAA Division I regional qualifiers and 38 national qualifiers. He was named NCAA Division I District Coach of the Year in 2003 and Midwest Regional Coach of the Year in 1998, 1999, and 2003. MSU has earned 23 all-American honors under Boyce's lead and he has coached seven Olympic athletes. Three of those seven Olympic athletes were from MSU, including Michelle Baptiste in 1996, Verneta Lesforis in 2000 and Jamial Rolle from the Bears' former men's track team. Numerous other former MSU athletes have competed internationally, such as Casey Owens and Tracy Partain, who competed for Team USA in 2005 and 2006 respectively. His athletes have also gone on to set every sprint and jump record in St. Lucia.
A native of Barbados, Boyce graduated from Murray State University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Before joining the Missouri State staff, Boyce held assistant coaching positions at both Murray State and Tennessee State, coaching four NCAA All-Americans and two 1992 Olympians as a men's track assistant at Murray State from 1989 to 1991. Boyce helped the Racers to indoor and outdoor Ohio Valley Conference titles in 1990 and 1991. Boyce and his wife, Edith, have one daughter, Nakita, who played softball at Mississippi State University.