June 9, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Missouri State triple jumper Kimsue Grant (Jr., Arlington, Va.) posted a best effort of 12.82 meters (42 feet, 0.75 inches) here today (June 9) at the NCAA Championships to finish 16th in the field of 24 national finalists.
Grant's effort was her second-best jump of the season, shy of the 42-8 she notched at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships in Wichita on May 13. Grant finished second at the MVC meet in the triple jump and went on to place 9th last week at the NCAA first round in Austin, Texas to advance to the national finals.
Her first effort early Saturday was 12.33 meters (40 feet, 5.5 inches). She then fouled on her second attempt before turning in the 12.82 jump on her third and final attempt of the day, to place in the top 16 and qualify her for All-America second-team consideration. The USTFCCCA All-America Team will officially be announced next week.
MVC outdoor champ Malaikah Love, a senior from Southern Illinois, finished 10th (42-11), while the event was won by Ganna Demydova, a senior from Southern Miss. Six of the top 15 finishers are seniors.
Earlier in the week, MSU's other qualifier to the national meet Althia Maximilien (Fr., Bridgetown, Barbados) finished 19th in the 400-meter dash after turning in a season-best time of 53.07 seconds in the semifinals. Just the top eight times advanced to the final round on Friday, which was won Illinois freshman Ashley Spencer with a time of 50.95. Maximilien was one of just three freshmen in the national field of 24 which included eight seniors.
This season, the Bears won the 2012 MVC Indoor Championships team title with three champions, nine All-MVC performers and MVC Coach of the Year in head coach Ron Boyce who earned the award for a 10th time. Boyce's troops later finished fifth at the MVC Outdoor Championships, but won league titles in four events -- Grant in the long jump, Pernell Joseph in the 100- and 200-meter dash, and the 4x100-meter relay team comprised of Grant, Maximililen, Joseph and Merica Moncherry. Five Bears earned outdoor All-MVC honors and six landed on the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team. Five individuals qualified for last week's NCAA Outdoor Championships opening round in Austin, Texas, competing in seven events with Grant and Maximilien advancing to Des Moines.