Track and Field Bears Finish Fifth at MVC Championships, Joseph Dominates Competition
May 13, 2012
WICHITA, Kan. -
The track and field Bears concluded up at the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships Sunday (May 13) afternoon at Cessna Stadium in Wichita, Kan. Missouri State finished fifth overall in the standings with 98 points and had five All-MVC performers in six different events.
Pernell Joseph commanded a dominating performance in the third day of events, earning three gold medals. Joseph won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Joseph won the 100-meter dash in 11.61, a new personal best. Merica Moncherry came in third in the event (11.85), while Kimsue Grant finished in eighth (12.48). Joseph won the 200-meter dash in 23.82, with Moncherry coming in a close second at 23.97. Althia Maximilien finished fourth in the 200-meter dash (24.00). The Bears 4x100-meter relay team (Joseph, Moncherry, Grant, and Maximilien) won the event in 44.90. The squad’s time ranks them as the third best performers in MSU history.
Maximilien was the runner-up in the 400-meter dash finals with a time of 53.74. Emily Beaver finished fourth in the 1,500-meter run in 4:29.21. Gabriella Ade-Onojobi finished seventh in the 100-meter hurdles finals (14.36). Emily Beaver finished eighth in the 800-meter run finals (2:17.24). The Bears’ 4x400-meter relay team (Alyx Dull, Maximilien, Moncherry, and Joseph) finished third with a time of 3:42.71.
The Bears’ field group shined with more personal bests. Grant finished second in the triple jump (42-08.00), while Gemma Smith finished seventh in the event (39-01.75). Grant’s distance was a new personal best and ranks her as the second best performer in MSU history in the event. Smith’s leap improved her previous personal best mark by a foot and a half. Jeláni Kelly finished fourth in the discus throw with a personal best distance of 168-01.00, making her the top performer in MSU history in the event.
The track and field Bears saved some of their best performances of their careers for the second day of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships. Missouri State wrapped up events Saturday (May 12) night at Cessna Stadium in Wichita, Kan.
Kimsue Grant won the long jump with a distance of 20-09.25. The distance was a personal best for Grant and shattered her previous personal best by over a foot and makes her the Bears’ third best performer in the event in MSU history. Jeláni Kelly won her flight in the shot put with a personal best throw of 47-07.25. Kelly’s distance furthered her rank as the Bears’ top performer in the event in MSU history.
Three of the Bears’ sprinters qualified for the 100-meter dash finals. Merica Moncherry finished second in her heat with a personal best 11.76, Pernell Joseph finished third in her heat with a personal best 11.70, and Kimsue Grant finished fourth in her heat with a personal best 11.96 in the event. Joseph and Moncherry also qualified for the 200-meter dash finals. Joseph won the preliminaries with a personal best time of 23.76. Moncherry finished second in her heat with a personal best time of 23.81, while Althia Maximilien won her heat with a time of 24.18. Maximilien also finished second in the 400-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 54.67.
Emily Beaver won her heat and finished second overall in the 800-meter run preliminaries. Beaver ran the event in a personal best time of 2:10.43. Gabriella Ade-Onojobi finished third in her 100-meter dash preliminary heat in 14.12, a time good enough to qualify for the event finals.
The first day of the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championships concluded late Friday (May 11) night in Wichita, Kan. The Bears' lone competitor for the day Erin Edwards completed the 10,000-meter run, placing 10th with a time of 38:26.25.
Pernell Joseph (100-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay)
Merica Moncherry (100-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay)
Kimsue Grant (Long jump, Triple Jump, 4x100-meter relay)
Althia Maximilien (400-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay)
Alyx Dull (4x400-meter relay)