Track and Field Bears Shine at Tom Botts Invitational
April 14, 2012
The Missouri State track and field squad had a strong outing at the Tom Botts Invitational. The Bears concluded events in Columbia, Mo. Saturday (April 14) evening at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium.
“We did well overall”, said director of track and field and cross country Ron Boyce, “It was a fun meet for us.”
Jeláni Kelly managed to bump her name up a spot on the MSU all-time top performers list. Kelly finished third in the discus with a personal best throw of 163-11.00. The St. Louis native is just 15 inches behind the Bears’ all-time top performer LaCole Oliver (2000). Jessica Dantin threw a personal best 127-00.00 in the event, as well as a personal best of 34-07.50 in the discus.
The MSU sprint group shined in the 100-meter dash as Merica Moncherry won the event with a personal best 11.84. Pernell Joseph finished third with a time of 11.93, with Althia Maximilien close behind in fourth with a personal best time of 11.96. Gabriella Ade-Onojobi won the 100-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 14.15.
The Bears’ distance group also had their time in the spotlight. Emily Beaver had a standout performance in the 800-meter run finishing second with a personal best time of 2:12.02. Emma Burditt finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase 11:26.45. Erin Edwards ran a personal best 4:44.53 in the 1,500-meter run.
“Emily is doing very well in the 800-meter”, said Boyce, “and Emma had a strong performance in the steeplechase.”
Kimsue Grant won the triple jump with a leap of 41-03.75. Jordan Bond took home third in the event with a distance of 38-00.00.
The Bears had two groups place in the top three of the 4x100-meter relay. Joseph, Maximilien, Grant, and Moncherry won the event (45.69), while Alyx Dull, Ekate Lymon, Ade-Onojobi, and Sydney Peavy placed third (47.33). MSU also finished third in the 4x400-meter relay as Maximilien, Moncherry, Nicole Thate, and Beaver sprinted to an overall time of 3:47.98.
Next up, the Bears will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete in the John McDonnell Invitational on April 20-21.