Track & Field Bears Go 5-1 in Outdoor Season Debut at Tulsa Duels
March 22, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The Missouri State track & field team opened the 2014 outdoor season this weekend at the Tulsa Duels, coming away with a 5-1 record in the meet scored in a head-to-head format.
The Bears defeated host Tulsa (86-51), UMKC (79-68), South Dakota (81-54), Oral Roberts (87-46) and Nebraska Omaha (82-77). MSU fell to Big 12 foe Oklahoma State, 81-72.
"We went head-to-head against some good programs and bested them all [except OSU] - mission accomplished," said Ronald Boyce, MSU Director of Track & Field. "We know that we must build upon what was a very good start to our outdoor season. More importantly this weekend, we got the opportunity to get some work in, won some events and had fun being on top. Overall, our young ladies performed very well."
Missouri State won three individual events and one relay in the two-day meet, as sophomores Shavonne Husbands and Robiann Broomfieldclaimed the 100 meters and long jump, respectively, and junior Althia Maximilen took the 200 meters. Husbands clocked an 11.59 in the 100, Broomfield leaped 5.65 meters (18 feet, 6.5 inches) in the long jump and Maximilien went 24.32 in the 200.
In all, the Bears set 23 personal bests on the weekend and gave a bevy of newcomers their first taste of outdoor collegiate action.
Missouri State took four of the top five spots in the 100 on Saturday. Following Husbands, Joseph was third in 11.83, Borders fourth in 12.01 and Maximilien fifth in 12:05.
Sophomores Chelsie Horton and Oarabile Babolayi and senior Gemma Smitheach set personal bests in finishing behind Maximilien in the 200. Horton (25.12) was third, Babolayi (25.14) fourth and Smith (25.67) placed sixth. Babolayi also bettered her last best time in the 100-meter hurdles, stopping the clock in 14.21 to finish second.
Freshman Erin Roebuckturned in a top-10 time in the 400 meters, finishing 10th in the event in 58.82.
In field events, Smith placed second in the high jump with a leap of 1.60 meters (5 feet, three inches) while sophomore Betsy Borgsmillerwas sixth overall with a jump of 1.55 meters (five feet, one inch).
Freshman Kirstie Leslie led a group of four Bears with a third-place finish in the pole vault, posting 3.20 meters (10 feet, six inches). Haley Decker was fourth with an effort of 2.75 meters (nine feet, one-quarter inch), followed by Holly O'Dell in seventh in 2.59 meters (eight feet, six inches) and Colleen McCurry in eighth with a mark of 2.44 meters (eight feet).
Broomfield finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 12.25 meters (40 feet, 2.25 inches), while Me'Kayla Canady-McGeewas seventh in 10.27 meters (33 feet, 8.5 inches).
Leslie paced a seven-member contingent of Bears in the javelin, placing fourth overall with a heave of 34.09 meters (111 feet, 10 inches). Leslie's sister, Hannah, a newcomer to the squad in the spring semester, finished 16th with a mark of 23.08 meters (75 feet, eight inches).
Missouri State returns to action next Friday and Saturday at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.