Maximilien Wins 400 Meters; MSU Finishes Seventh at MVC Indoor Track & Field Championships
March 2, 2014
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Junior Althia Maximilien won the 400-meter dash finals at the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships to lead Missouri State to a seventh-place finish as a team at the UNI-Dome Sunday.
Maximilien, who qualified first in the 400-meter prelims on Saturday, ran 54.47 to win the event and become MSU's first 400-meter champion at the MVC level since Leander Ernest ran 55.19 to win the 2009 race.
As a team, the Bears scored 66 points and finished just two out of forth place. Indiana State won the title with 130 points, while Wichita State (116.5 points) was second, Southern Illinois (92.5) was third and Illinois State and Loyola (68) tied for forth. Bradley (46) and Drake (nine) rounded out the field.
"It was a bittersweet day," said Ronald Boyce, MSU Director of Track & Field and Cross Country. "There were many very good performances, but at the end of the day, to finish seventh in the team competition while missing fourth by a mere two points - it's a bitter pill to swallow."
Missouri State posted three other top-three efforts to get on the podium and earn All-MVC honors on the day. Sophomore Robiann Broomfield was third in the triple jump, tying her personal best of 12.50 meters (41 feet, one-quarter inch). Junior Chelsey Borders clocked a 7.61 in the 60-meter finals and the 4x400-meter relay team of Maximilien, sophomores Shavonne Husbands and Oarabile Babolayi and freshman Rosalie Pringle turned in a time of 3:45.26.
Babolayi was also fifth in the 400 finals in 55.66 to bring the Bears' total in the event to 14 points.
Senior Pernell Joseph finished fourth, behind Borders in the 60 meters, in 7.62, picking up five points. Classmate Gemma Smith was fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 12.24 meters (40 feet, two inches). She also matched her personal best in the high jump, leaping 1.68 meters (five feet, six inches) to place eighth and earn one point for Missouri State.
Junior Haley Scott also posted a 1.68-meter mark to finish sixth and collect three points.
In all, the Bears placed five athletes on all-MVC team, including Maximilien (200, 400 and 4x400), Broomfield (long jump and triple jump) and Babolayi, Husbands and Pringle (4x400) in the meet.
Missouri State will now prepare for the start of the outdoor season, which is slated to begin March 22 at the Tulsa Duals.