May 11, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa – A pair of first-place finishes by freshman Shavonne Husbands helped lead the way for the Missouri State track and field squad here Saturday (May 11) at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships.
After two days of competition, the Bears are in sixth place with 17 team points.
Husbands claimed victory in the preliminary rounds of the 100- and 200-meter dashes. The freshman was especially impressive in the 200, where she earned a personal-best time of 23.53 seconds. That time also serves as season bests for Missouri State and the Valley.
Husbands won the 100 meters in 11.61 seconds to qualify for the finals along with junior Pernell Joseph, who finished fifth with a time of 11.77.
Sophomore Althia Maximilien also qualified for Sunday’s finals in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Maximilien placed fourth in the 200 in 24.32 seconds, and was the runner-up in the 400 with a time of 54.89 seconds.
A couple of Bears hurdlers qualified for the finals in their events. Sophomore Gabriella Ade-Onojobi placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.08), while freshman Oarabile Babolayi was second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time just over one minute (1:00.60).
Senior Kimsue Grant tied her personal best in the long jump with a distance of 6.33 meters. Junior Gemma Smith also impressed with a new personal record distance of 5.89 meters.
Sophomore Haley Scott wrapped up the heptathlon with a ninth-place finish and 4,120 points, which included a new best distance in the javelin (20.62 meters).
Meanwhile, freshman Josie Dyke posted new PRs in the 200- (26.35) and 400-meter dashes (1:01.78).
The final day of conference competition will start Sunday (May 12) at 1 p.m.