Husbands, Maximilien Qualify for 200-Meter Final at MVC Meet
May 16, 2014
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Missouri State sprinters Shavonne Husbands and Althia Maximilien qualified for the final of the 200-meter dash on the opening day of the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Lew Hartzog Track & Field Complex Friday.
Both Husbands, a sophomore native of St. Philip, Barbados, and Maximilien, a junior from Bridgetown, Barbados, ran 24.48 in the preliminary heats to lead a group of six Bears in the event.
Husbands, who won her heat, and Maximilien, who finished second in hers, will compete for the event championship Sunday at 2:55 p.m. A victory for Husbands would be her second in as many years. She won the 200 in 2012 in 23.56, while senior Pernell Joseph won it in 2012 in 23.82.
Joseph finished in a tie for 13th in Friday's 200 prelims in 25.05. Juniors Chelsie Horton (25.62, 19th) and Merica Moncherry (25.71, 21st) and freshman Erin Roebuck (26.14, 23rd) also competed for MSU in the event.
After four finals, Wichita State is atop the team standings with 46.5 points, while Southern Illinois has 31. Northern Iowa and Illinois State (19), Indiana State (15.5), Bradley (15) and Loyola (10) round out the field.
Scott posted a pair of career bests in the high jump and shot put portions of the seven-discipline event. She finished in a tie for seventh place in the high jump with a top leap of 1.58 meters (five feet, 2.25 inches) for 712 points. Scott was 12th in the shot put with a mark of 9.43 meters (30 feet, 11.25 inches) for 492 points.
Pattie-Belleli placed 10th in the heptathlon 200 meters with a season-best time of 26.43. She was also ninth in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.10.
Freshman Melanie Raterman, the Missouri State record holder in the hammer throw, came up with a mark of 45.38 meters (148 feet, 11 inches) for 12th place as the Bears' only entrant in that event.
In the javelin throw, sisters Kirstie and Hannah Leslie sandwiched sophomore Cassandra Schwab with 13th- and 23rd-place heaves. Freshman Kirstie Leslie posted a mark of 33.56 meters (110 feet, one inch) while redshirt freshman Hannah Leslie had a toss of 21.79 meters (71 feet, six inches). Schwab placed 22nd overall with a mark of 26.39 meters (86 feet, seven inches).
In the 1,500-meter run, sophomore Tenaly Smith clocked a time of 5:12.31.
The second day of competition begins at 10:30 a.m., with the final three parts of the heptathlon, the long jump, javelin and 800 meters. Field events, starting with the shot put, open at 3 p.m., while the 100-meter hurdles kicks off running events at 5 p.m.