MSU Sprinters Advance at NCAA Track Championships
Merica Moncherry
Merica Moncherry

May 25, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas -- Missouri State freshman Althia Maximilien (Bridgetown, Barbados) has moved on to the national semifinals in the 400-meter dash with a third-place effort in her quarterfinal heat here Friday evening at the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships.  Maximilienn registered a 53.38 time in the quarterfinals, her second-fastest mark of the season, to rank ninth among the 27 quarterfinalists.

She will advance to the three-heat national semifinals in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. The top two finishers in each heat in Des Moines, plus the next two fastest times, advance to the national finals on June 8.

Also Friday, fellow MSU freshman Merica Moncherry (Micoud, St. Lucia) moved on to the quarterfinals in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.10. Out of 47 competitors, her time ranks 22nd headed into Saturday's second round, which begins at 7:50 p.m.  Moncherry out-sprinted teammate Pernell Joseph (So., Vieux Fort, St. Lucia), the 2012 MVC outdoor champion in the event. Joseph turned in a 24.58 which was not good enough to advance and placed her 40th in the field.

Senior discus specialist Jelani Kelly (St. Louis, Mo.) also competed in Austin on Friday and turned in a top throw of 158-feet, 3 inches to place 31st in the field of 47. The top 12 finishers in each field event move on to Des Moines.

The NCAA first and second rounds in Austin conclude on Saturday with MSU competing in three events:  Moncherry in the 200-meter dash quarterfinals at 7:50 p.m., Kimsue Grant (Jr., Arlington, Va.) in the triple jump at 6:30 p.m., and the 4x100-meter relay team at 6:15 p.m.  Grant ranks 21st nationally in the long jump, while the MSU 4x100 team ranks 24th.

NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships
Austin, Texas
Friday, May 25 Results

200-Meter Dash, First Round
Merica Moncherry, 24.10, 22nd (advances to quarterfinals)
Pernell Joseph, 24.58, 40th (did not advance)

400-Meter Dash, Quarterfinals
Althia Maximilien, 53.38, 9th (advances to semifinals)

Jelani Kelly, 158-3, 31st (did not advance)



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