Bears Finish Strong At ASU Kickoff, Kelly Makes Mark In Bears' History
Dec. 2, 2011
Jonesboro, Ark. -
Missouri State track and field concluded their first indoor competition of the season Friday night (Dec. 2). The Bears traveled to the ASU Kickoff Klassic in Jonesboro, Ark.
Senior powerhouse Jeláni Kelly finished second in the weight throw with a distance of 56-07.50 feet. The St. Louis native is now also second all-time at Missouri State in the shot put with her personal best and first place performance of 46-10.75 feet. Sophomore Jessica Dantin finished 14th in the weight throw.
The Bears’ sprint group had a strong performance in their first outing this season. Red-shirt senior, Shantell Llewellyn led the way, finishing second in the 55-meter dash finals (7.06). Three other Bears’ sprinters qualified in the 55-meter dash. Sophomore Pernell Joseph finished fourth (7.16), freshman Merica Moncherry finished fifth (7.19), and freshman Ekate Lymon also qualified for the finals.
Llewellyn finished third in the 200-meter dash with a personal best time of 25.00 seconds. Moncherry was close behind, placing fourth (25.14). Joseph and red-shirt senior Kara-Aretha Graham placed seventh and ninth, respectively in the 200-meter dash. Graham’s time of 25.90 seconds was a personal best in her career at Missouri State. Alyx Dull (14th), Sydney Peavy (16th), Kimsue Grant (20th), and Jordan Bond (22nd) also competed in the 200-meter dash. Bond’s time of 26.66 seconds was also a personal best. Freshman Althia Maximilien performed well in her debut meet as a Bear, taking home third in the 400-meter dash (56.10). Fellow freshman Shawnisha Damisch finished sixth in the event (1:00.19), and freshman Erin Fountain finished 23rd. Junior Maggie Sutor raced to second place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.56. The Bears’ 4x400-meter relay team, consisting of Llewellyn, Graham, Moncherry and Maximilien, won the meet with a time of 3:50.16.
Jordan Bond won the high jump with a height of 5-06.00 feet, a personal best. Senior Kelsey McCowen finished 10th in the high jump. Kimsue Grant won the long jump. Sophomore Ashane Johnson and Bond finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in the event. Three Bears finished in the top-five of the triple jump. Bond placed second, Grant took third and Johnson finished fifth.
For a complete list of results, please see the above PDF link. The Bears will be off until the new year, when they head to the Bill Easton Classic (Jan. 7) in Lawrence, Kan.