Missouri State Sixth After First Day of MVC Indoor Track Championships
March 1, 2014
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Junior Althia Maximilien ran a personal-best 24.28 to finish second in the 200-meter dash finals on the opening day of the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at the UNI-Dome Saturday.
Maximilien qualified third in the 200-meter prelims in 24.62, less than an hour before she was second in the final, setting a new best by eight-hundredths of a second. Maximilien's performance highlighted a strong day for the Bears, who sit in sixth place with 20 points. Southern Illinois leads the meet with 50 points after the first day of action.
Maximilien also qualified for first for the 400-meter final in 55.55. She will run for the conference championship in the event at 2:25 p.m., on Sunday.
In all, Missouri State tied or set 25 individual personal bests on the day.
"It was a good day's work from our squad," said Ronald Boyce, MSU Director of Track & Field and Cross Country. "We had some very good performances from Althia, Shavonne [Husbands] and Robiann [Broomfield] in the 200 and long jump. We have key qualifiers tomorrow in finals of events that will lead to points. It is a team event, so we need more team members to step up and represent us well in our effort to finish the meet in a good position."
Broomfield posted a third-place finish in the long jump with a top leap of 5.85 meters (19 feet, 2.5 inches break her previous personal best of 5.67 meters and pick up six championship points for the Bears.
Broomfield's effort closed action for Missouri State on Saturday, but Gemma Smith earned an eighth-place finish in the pentathlon, collecting the Bears' first point of the championship. The senior native of Cannock, England, totaled 3,483 points and tallied personal bests in the in the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles and 800 meters, placing 11th and 15th, respectively, in 9.34 and 2:37.73.
Other solid showings in the pentathlon came from junior Haley Scott who tied for second overall in the high jump portion of the event with a leap of 1.65 meters (five feet, five inches) and sophomore Cassandra Schwab, who was fifth in the pentathlon shot put. Schwab's heave of 11.12 meters (36 feet, 5.75 meters) was a personal best.
On the track, Husbands qualified fourth in the 200-meter prelims, right behind Maximilien, and ran 24.66 in the event finals, earning five points for the Bears. Senior Pernell Joseph and junior Chelsey Borders tied for second in the 60-meter prelims, running 7.55. Borders' time is a personal best. Both advanced to the finals, which will go off at 3:05 p.m., Sunday.
Indiana State is second with 48 points, followed by Wichita State (36), Illinois State (27) and Bradley (24). Northern Iowa with 15, Loyola with nine and Drake with five points round out the team standings.
The final day of competition gets underway for the women at 11:30 a.m.