Maximilien Breaks 300-Meter School Record; Bears Begin Season Strong at Iowa State
Junior Althia Maximilien
Junior Althia Maximilien

Dec. 6, 2013

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AMES, Iowa - Junior sprinter Althia Maximilien broke the school record in the 300-meter dash as Missouri State opened the indoor track & field season at the Holiday Preview at Iowa State's Lied Recreation Center Friday.

Maximilen, a two-time indoor track All-American, ran 39.31 in the event, breaking the mark of 39.80, set by Cheasa Gibson on Jan. 12, 2002 at the Illinois Invitational.

The victory for Maximilien was one of four on the day for the Bears, who also received wins from sophomore Robiann Broomfield in the long jump and triple jump and classmate Tenaly Smith in the 1,000 meters.

Overall, Missouri State finished second in the meet with 109.5 points. Host Iowa State won the team title with 119.5. Drake (91), Northern Iowa (68), Western Illinois (49) and Missouri (22) rounded out the team standings.

Broomfield claimed the long jump with an effort of 5.55 meters and followed it up with a triple-jump mark of 12.49 meters. Smith bested the field with a 3:03.38 time in the 1,000. Teammate Cindy Forde made it a 1-2 finish for MSU in the race, clocking a 3:05.57.

Missouri State got quality performances from a handful of freshmen in their first collegiate meet. Megan Nickles finished third in the mile run in 5:08.58, while Springfield native Erin Roebuck was seventh (41.75) in the 300 meters and ran the lead leg of the 4x400-meter relay to help the Bears to a second-place time of 4:00.98 with sophomore Josie Dyke, Forde and Smith.

Another pair of freshmen, Kirstie Leslie and Melanie Raterman, came up big for the Bears. Leslie was third in the pole vault at 3.21 meters and Raterman was sixth in the weight throw with a toss of 14.39 meters.

In the high jump pit, sophomore Betsy Borgsmiller tied for fourth with a leap of 1.60 meters. Meanwhile, back on the track, junior Merica Moncherry took second place in the 60-meter dash finals in 7.81 after qualifying sixth in 7.82.

Holly Pattie-Belleli and Me'Kayla Canady-McGee were fifth and sixth, respectively in the long jump with marks of 4.96 and 4.88 meters respectively.

Missouri State returns to action Friday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m., to begin the two-day Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.



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