MSU 4x100 Relay 20th at NCAA Track & Field Championships
June 11, 2014
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The MSU squad of junior Chelsey Borders, senior Pernell Joseph, junior Althia Maximilien and sophomore Shavonne Husbands ran 46.00 to place seventh in the third heat of the semifinals of the event. The Bears finished 20th overall out of 24 competing schools, a field that included Missouri Valley Conference foe Indiana State.
The Sycamores did not finish the race in which the top two teams in each of the three heats and the schools with the next two best times advanced to the finals.
"We had a very tough assignment today," MSU Director of Track & Field Ronald Boyce said. "We did not execute well, and had an unfavorable result. It has been a tremendous year for the sprint group, long but very successful. I'm proud of those young ladies."
By virtue of its performance, the MSU squad earned honorable mention All-America honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, marking the 14th time in school history the Bears have been named All-Americans. It is the second such honor for Maximilien, who was an honorable-mention pick in 2012 for the 400-meter dash.
USC claimed the top qualifying spot for the relay finals, clocking a 43.08 to win the first semifinal heat. Texas A&M, the winner of MSU's heat, qualified third overall in 43.44. Ohio State won the second heat, earning the sixth-fastest time for the finals in 43.94.
Missouri State came into the event as the No.-23 seed after running the third-best time in school history at 44.79 in the NCAA West Preliminary on May 31 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Sophomore Robiann Broomfield will close Missouri State outdoor season on Friday, competing in the triple jump at NCAA championships at 5:25 p.m., Central time.