Track & Field Bears' Broomfield Wins Triple Jump at Vanderbilit
March 28, 2014
NASHVILLE - Sophomore Robiann Broomfield won the triple jump for the Missouri State track & field team as the Bears opened the Vanderbilt Black & Gold at Vanderbilt Track Friday.
Broomfield's leap of 12.53 meters (41 feet, 1.5 inches) was one centimeter better than that of Kaylnn Pitts of Austin Peay, and paced the field which also included Division I competitors from Lipscomb, Tennessee Tech and Ohio.
Sophomore Shavonne Husbands, senior Pernell Joseph and junior Chelsey Borders won their respective heats in the 200-meter dash. Husbands was third overall in 24.52, Joseph ran 24.78 for fourth place and Borders was 10th in 25.30.
Sophomore Holly Pattie-Belleli turned in a time of 26.49 to place 20th and round Missouri State's entries in the event.
"It was a good start for the first day of the meet," said MSU Director of Track & Field Ronald Boyce. "With most of the competition being contested tomorrow, we need to focus and finish well - should be exciting."
The Bears' only personal best of the day came from senior Gemma Smith, who finished third in the triple jump with an effort of 12.26 meters (40 feet, 2.75 inches). The Cannock, England, native topped her previous best in the event of 12.13 meters (39 feet, 9.75 inches) from the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Championships on May 12.
Junior Haley Scott also won her flight of the triple jump, finishing seventh overall with a mark of 11.75 meters (38 feet, 6.75 inches) in her first-ever collegiate outdoor triple jump event.
Freshman Melanie Raterman also competed in her first college hammer throw with an 11th-place heave of 47.82 meters (156 feet, 11 inches).
The meet continues Saturday at 10 a.m., with discus. Running events begin at 11:30 a.m., with the 2,000-meter steeplechase.