Track and Field Bears Battle Wind in Day Two of Drake Relays, Relay Team Makes MSU Record Book
April 27, 2012
DES MOINES, IOWA -
The Missouri State track and field team wrapped up events at the Drake Relays Friday (April 27) night. Wind was a major factor at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa today, slowing down most of the athletes.
Pernell Joseph and Merica Moncherry finished fourth in their respective 100-meter dash heats. With the wind consistently blowing in the teens and, at times even up to over 40 mph, sprinters had difficulty running at their average pace. Joseph ran the event in 12.51 and Moncherry ran it in 12.22, both times far from their average.
The Bears 4x200-meter relay squad, consisting of Moncherry, Joseph, Althia Maximilien, and Kimsue Grant, battled through the elements to finish second in their heat. MSU completed the event in a time of 1:36.96, the fifth fastest time in Bears’ history. The squad’s time places them just .06 of a second behind the fourth fastest time in MSU history (1:36.90), ran by Baptiste, Garrett, Lesforis, and Pommells in 1999.
Former Missouri State standout and hall of famer, Casey Owens won the women's Grand Blue Mile in 5:24.37. She was representing SSP America. Owen’s name can be found eight times in the MSU All-Time Top Performers List, with four of those appearances (indoor 3,000-meter run, indoor 5,000-meter run, outdoor 5,000-meter run and outdoor 10,000-meter run) being the top spot.
Saturday’s events will begin at 8 a.m. in Drake Stadium.