April 12, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. – A flurry of personal-best performances set the tone for the Missouri State track & field team at the Missouri Relays today (April 12), as a strong group of underclassmen shined at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.
The Bears’ sprint squad was especially impressive, as junior Althia Maximilien (Bridgetown, Barbados) set a new personal top time in the 100-meter dash. The two-time USTFCCCA All-American crossed the finish line in 11.92 seconds, three one-hundredths of a second faster than her previous best.
Meanwhile, sophomore Oarabile Babolayi (So., Mosetse, Botswana) was third in the 400-meter dash with a new best time of 55.35 seconds. Fellow sophomore Rosalie Pringle (Basseterre, St. Kitts) placed sixth in her 400 debut, clocking in at 57.02 seconds. Cindy Forde (So., Bridgetown, Barbados) also earned a personal best by clocking in at 59.53 seconds. Sophomore Shavonne Husbands (St. Phillip, Barbados) earned a 10th-place finish by racing to a time of 57.72 seconds. This was the first time Husbands competed in the event in either the indoor or outdoor seasons.
MSU sent three student-athletes to compete in the 100-meter hurdles, and all three came away with new personal bests. Holly Pattie-Belleli (So., Ongar, Essex) led the charge by placing ninth in 14.72 seconds. Haley Scott (Jr., Arlington Heights, Ill.) was 15th and clocked in at 15.53, while Betsy Borgsmiller (So., Sikeston, Mo.) debuted in the event in 22nd place and a time of 18.53 seconds.
MSU’s 4x100-meter relay squad of Chelsie Horton (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Pernell Joseph (Jr., Vieux Fort, St. Lucia), Maximilien and Husbands earned the crown in that event in 45.44 seconds.
In field events, Robiann Broomfield (So., Clarendon, Jamaica) and Scott both earned personal bests in the long jump and triple jump. Broomfield was second in the long jump with a mark of 5.94 meters, and third in the triple jump with a distance of 12.83 meters. Scott placed sixth in the long jump (5.52 meters) and fifth in the triple (12.01 meters).
Freshman Melanie Raterman (Warrenton, Mo.) earned a pair of top-10 finishes in throwing events. Raterman placed seventh in the discus with a new personal best of 36.11 meters, and sixth in the hammer with a distance of 49.82 meters, also a personal best. Raterman's mark in the hammer throw was good for a school record as well as she broke LaCole Oliver's previous mark of 48.66 meters from 2000 at Iowa.
The Bears will resume their outdoor season April 16-19, when they travel to Lawrence, Kan. For the Kansas Relays. Day one of the four-day meet is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.