Team Effort Leads Track & Field Bears in Arkansas Spring Invitational
April 5, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Six career bests and five season bests highlighted the Arkansas Spring invitational for the Missouri State track & Field team at John McDonnell Field Saturday.
The Bears also collected seven top-five finishes in the non-scoring meet, which featured the host Razorbacks, Iowa, Oklahoma State Nebraska, Tulsa and Drake.
"The team was busy today, and produced some very good results," said MSU Director of Track & Field Ronald Boyce. "Perhaps one of the most encouraging aspects of the day was that we got some different individuals to perform well. That's what we need to operate as a good team. It was a great all-around effort today. I'm proud of the team."
Junior Althia Maximilien posted a pair of season bests in the 200 and 400 meters. She ran third in the 400 in 54.15 and was sixth overall in the 200 in 24.13.
The first personal best of the day came from sophomore Tenaly Smith in the 1,500 meters. She placed third in 4:49.94, topping her previous best of 4:52.32, set at last year's Arkansas Spring Invitational.
Freshman Rosalie Pringle captured another personal best in the seeded 800 meters with a time of 2:19.28 to place eighth. The time was nearly one second fast than her last best of 2:20.23 at the Tulsa Duels.
Three more personal bests fell in the javelin throw as junior Haley Scott, freshman Hannah Leslie and sophomore Betsy Borgsmiller finished 12th, 13th, and 14th, respectively. Scott's best mark was 25.53 meters (83 feet, 9.25 inches), while Leslie went for 23.99 meters (78 feet, 8.5 inches) and Borsmiller posted a mark of 22.84 meters (74 feet, 11.25 inches). Sophomore Cassandra Schwab was the Bears' top finisher in the event with a heave of 26.81 meters (87 feet, 11 inches) for 11th place.
Scott also finished seventh in the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 11.96 meters (39 feet, three inches) and was just two centimeters from a third career mark on the day in the long jump. She was 10th there with a top effort of 5.41 meters (17 feet, nine inches). Sophomore Robiann Broomfield placed ninth in the long jump, representing MSU's best finish in that event. She leaped 5.56 meters (18 feet, three inches).
Missouri State started the track events by placing third in the 4x100-meter relay as junior Chelsey Borders, senior Pernell Joseph, Maximilien and sophomore Shavonne Husbands clocked a 45.28, the top time for the Bears in the race this season.
Sophomore Oarabile Babolayi was second in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:00.11. Joseph ran to fifth place in the 100 meters in 12.13, leading a group of four Bears in the event. Husbands (12.17, seventh) and Borders (12.19, eighth) also placed in the top 10.
Broomfield finished fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 12.37 meters (40 feet, seven inches).
Missouri State closed the meet with a third-place showing in the 4x400 relay as its `A' squad of Babolayi, Maximilien, Husbands and Pringle ran 3:43.39.
The Bears return to action next Saturday, April 12 at the Missouri Relays in Columbia.