Track & Field Bears Qualify Five for Kansas Relays Finals
Sophomore Oarabile Babolayi
Sophomore Oarabile Babolayi

April 18, 2014

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LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Missouri State track & field team won five heats and qualified five student-athletes in six event finals during the third day of the 87th Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park on Friday.

"It was a very good day's work today at the KU Relays," said Missouri State Director of Track & Field Ronald Boyce. "The ladies did a terrific job of winning and putting themselves in position for tomorrow's finals in several events - very exciting."

Sophomore Oarabile Babolayi qualified for a team-high two individual event finals. The Mosetse, Botswana, native won her heat of the 400-meter hurdles in 1:01.07 to go into the finals of the event with the third-fastest time, while also qualifying seventh in the 100 hurdles in 14:41. The 100 hurdles finals are scheduled to be run at 1:55 p.m., Saturday, with the 400 hurdles to follow at 2:15 p.m.

Senior Pernell Joseph and junior Chelsey Borders each claimed their respective heats of the 100-meter dash. Joseph tied for sixth in 11.91, and Borders ran 12.01, tying a personal best, to enter the finals - which will be contested at 2:07 p.m. - seeded eighth overall.

Junior Althia Maximilien ran third overall in the 400-meter prelims, winning her heat in 55.41. The Bridgetown, Barbados, product will vie for the title in the event at 2:15 p.m., on Saturday.

Sophomore Shavonne Husbands led three Bears in the 200-meter prelims with an eighth-place time of 24.58 to qualify for finals. Classmate Chelsie Horton ran 25.85 to place 30th and junior Merica Moncherry was not far behind in 26.01 for 31st.



In the jumping pit, sophomore Robiann Broomfield finished third in the triple jump finals with a top leap of 12.62 meters (41 feet, five inches). Fellow sophomore Betsey Borgsmiller tied a season best in the high jump with a mark of 1.59 meters (five feet, 2.5 inches) to place 17th overall.

The Bears closed the day by winning their heat of the 4x100-meter relay in 45.37 as Boarders, Joseph, Maximilien and Husbands qualified for the final second overall. The relay final is set for 1:30 p.m.

Saturday's events will be broadcast on ESPN3 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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