Broomfield Wins Long Jump at MVC Outdoor Track Championship
Sophomore Robiann Broomfield won the long jump at the MVC OUtdoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday.
Sophomore Robiann Broomfield won the long jump at the MVC OUtdoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday.

May 17, 2014

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CARBONDALE, Ill. - Sophomore Robiann Broomfield continued Missouri State's recent dominance in the long jump on the second day of the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship Saturday, helping the Bears win the event at the conference level for a third consecutive season.

A native of Clarendon Jamaica, Broomfield claimed the event title with a leap of 6.01 meters (19 feet, 8.75 inches) on her final attempt of the afternoon, giving the Bears their first 10 points of the championship. Mandy Jones of Indiana State tied for the lead, but took second as Broomfield's second-best jump of 5.92 meters (19 feet, 5.25 inches) topped Jones' 5.90 meters (19 feet, 4.25 inches).

The winning effort - a career best for Broomfield - broke the Lew Hartzog Track & Field Complex record of 5.96 meters (19 feet, 6.75 inches), set by Lauren Cheadle of Southern Illinois in 2013.

"Congratulations to Robiann, our first individual champion of the meet," said Ronald Boyce MSU Director of Track & Field. "We have some key performers up tomorrow, and hope we can add some more championships. Today was a good day."

Kimsue Grant won the MVC outdoor long jump in both 2012 and 2013 for MSU. Broomfield's victory is the eighth for the Bears in the 32-year history of the MVC championship. The run also includes long jump wins for Missouri State from 1996-2000.

Missouri State is eighth in the team standings after day two on the strength of the Broomfield win. Wichita State leads with 88.5 points. SIU with 70 points in second, while Indiana State (68.5), Northern Iowa (44), Illinois State (40), Bradley (19) and Loyola (11) round out the field.

Missouri State also qualified three student-athletes for finals in four track events on the day. Sophomore Oarabile Babolayi is set to run in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles championship races Sunday.

The Mosetse, Botswana, product ran second in the 400-hurdles prelims in 1:00.75 to win her heat, and shoots for the title in the event at 2:35 p.m., on the last day of the meet.

Babolayi also qualified fourth overall in the 100 hurdles, lowering her Botswana national record time to 13.93. The 100-meter hurdles final is set for 1:30 p.m., on Sunday.

Junior Althia Maximilien finished in the top spot of the 400-meter dash prelims in a time of 54.72, and will attempt to become MSU's first MVC champion at the distance since Leander Ernest won in both 2008 and 2009. The 400-meter final is slated for 1:55 p.m.

Sophomore Shavonne Husbands claimed the No. 2 qualifying spot in the 100-meter dash prelims in 11.80. She was second in her heat, and hopes to knock off Indiana State's Katie Wise, the 2013 winner, who earned the top time in the prelims at 11.38 in breaking the facility record. That race begins at 2:10 p.m.

Sophomore Holly Pattie-Belleli and junior Haley Scott completed the grueling seven-event heptathlon with the long jump, 800 meters and javelin throw on Saturday. Pattie-Belleli placed 11th overall with 4,334 points, while Scott was 13th with a career-best 4,234 points.

Pattie-Belleli collected a pair of personal bests in the 800-meter run and javelin. She placed eighth overall in the 800 in 2:27.87 to pick up 720 points and came up with a mark of 24.46 meters (80 feet, three inches) for a 12th-place finish and 372 points.

Scott posted a season-best 2:39.03 in the heptathlon 800 to place 13th for 584 points.

The Bears also received a personal-best performance from sophomore Cindy Forde in the 400-meter prelims. Forde was clocked with a time of 58.79 to place 14th overall.

The final day of the meet gets underway at noon.



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