March 16, 2013
TULSA, Okla. – Personal-best performances by Missouri State sophomores Althia Maximilien and Shawnisha Damisch helped lead the charge for the track and field Bears at the Tulsa Duals here on Saturday (March 16). The Bears finished fourth out of eight squads in team rankings.
Coming off an All-America indoor season, Maximilien beat her previous best time in the 100-meter dash by 0.01 seconds, clocking in at 11.95. The sophomore also earned a strong time in the 200 meters, placing third in 24.40 seconds.
Damisch's personal best came in her 2013 season debut. The sophomore won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.38, narrowly beating her time of 1:05.44 that was set last March at the Bobby Lane Invitational.
Meanwhile, freshman sprint sensation Shavonne Husbands continued her strong rookie campaign at the Duals. Husbands placed second in the 100 meters with a time of 11.59 seconds, and won the 200-meter dash in 23.93.
A trio of MSU freshmen also posted top-10 finishes in the 400. Oarabile Babolayi earned a second-place nod in 55.96 seconds, Chelsie Horton was eighth with a time of 59.68, and Cindy Forde clocked in at 1:01.08 to finish 10th in that event.
Sophomore sprinter/hurdler Gabriella Ade-Onojobi earned two individual top-10 placements, and was part of a top-10 4x400-meter relay squad. Ade-Onojobi placed seventh in the 200-meter dash (25.10), second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.37), and teamed with Chelsie Horton, Alyx Dull and Holly Pattie-Belleli to earn fourth in the 4x400 with a time of 4:04.93.
In field events, senior Kimsue Grant took first place in the long jump with a distance of 6.14 meters, while freshman Robiann Broomfield was sixth (5.57 meters). Meanwhile, Gemma Smith and freshman Betsy Borgsmiller tied for second place in the high jump with identical marks of 1.60 meters.
Missouri State will return to action next Friday and Saturday (March 22-23) at the Mississippi State Conference Challenge in Starkville, Miss.