Missouri State Treks to Carbondale for Saluki Open
Lisa Imgrund
Lisa Imgrund

Saluki Open Information

Jan. 10, 2013

The Missouri State track & field team will compete at the Saluki Open on Jan. 11-12 in Carbondale, Ill. The meet is hosted by Southern Illinois University and will convene at the SIU Student Recreation Center. The Bears will send their sprinters, distance team, jumpers and throwers to the meet, which begins at 4 p.m. on Friday with field events and resumes on Saturday with field events at 10 a.m. and running events at 10:30 a.m.

Missouri State thrower Jessica Dantin will start things off for the Bears on Friday in the weight throw. The junior from Wildwood, Mo. will look to build on a strong start, as she set a new career best in the weight throw last month at the Arkansas State Kickoff Klassic in Jonesboro, Ark.

Three MSU student-athletes are scheduled to compete in the long jump on Friday. Star senior Kimsue Grant will lead the way for MSU and will look to claim victory in the event for the second time in as many meets this season. Junior Gemma Smith and freshman Robiann Broomfield will also compete in the long jump after notching top-five finishes in the event at the Klassic.

Dantin will open Saturday competition for the Bears in the shot put, and will be followed by Broomfield and Grant in the triple jump. Smith, freshman Betsy Borgsmiller, junior Haley Scott and senior Jordan Bond are scheduled to compete in the high jump.

The Saluki Open will mark the season debuts for the Missouri State distance runners, as seniors Emily Beaver and Nicole Thate will lead a crop of MSU tracksters in the mile run. Junior Lisa Imgrund and freshman Tenaly Smith will also compete in the mile for Missouri State. Beaver, Imgrund and freshman Taeler Marshall are slated to compete in the 3,000-meter run later on Saturday.

The Bears’ sprint team will look to follow up their strong showings in the season-opening event in Jonesboro. Tenaly Smith, Thate and Scott will join freshman Cindy Forde in the Missouri State field for the 800-meter run. After winning the 200-meter dash at the Kickoff Klassic, freshman Shavonne Husbands will compete in the 60-meter dash in Carbondale. She’ll be joined by Broomfield, Grant, sophomore Gabriella Ade-Onojobi and juniors Alyx Dull and Pernell Joseph in that event.

Ade-Onojobi will look to qualify for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles, and will also compete for the Bears in the 200-meter dash and the 4x400-meter relay. Ade-Onojobi will be joined in the 200-meter dash by a slew of competitors from Missouri State, including sophomore sensation Althia Maximilien.

Missouri State at the 2012 Saluki Open

Maximilien took first in the 400-meter dash (56.40) and also claimed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.28, while Thate finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.93.

The Open served as the debut meet for the Missouri State distance team, which included a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run for Edwards, who posted a personal best time of 10:07. Terry Phillips also saw success in Carbondale, as the senior distance runner placed third in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:14.46.

Top Returners

After winning the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship, claiming a Coach of the Year honor and seeing five student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Missouri State track & field squad will face high expectations in 2012-2013.

The Bears will bring a well-balanced roster to the table this season, as director of track & field Ron Boyce returns 19 student-athletes to the roster and welcomes 14 new faces to the program.

Grant, a senior, returns for the sprints and jumps team. Grant had a spectacular junior season that included All-MVC laurels in the triple jump, long jump and 4x100-meter relay. Her season culminated with a trip to the NCAA semifinals in the triple jump, which earned her an All-American Second Team designation. She also competed at the Olympic trials where she finished sixth in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump. The native of Arlington, Va. could emerge as a contender for a NCAA championship in jumps during her senior season.

The Bears will bring a handful of talented sprinters back into the fold. Maximilien, a sophomore, will lead this group in 2012 after a spectacular rookie campaign that saw her earn All-American Honorable Mention laurels in the 400-meter dash. Maximilien earned All-MVC accolades in the 400 meters, 4x100 meters and 4x400 meters. The native of Bridgetown, Barbados also was named the MVC Track Athlete of the Week for the week of March 27, 2012 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals in the 400-meter dash. After her strong college season, Maximilien competed internationally at the Barbados Nationals meet, where she won the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.70.

Maximilien is joined on the sprint squad by a pair of juniors. Joseph picked up All-MVC recognition in the 4x100 meters for the second-straight year. Joseph’s season was highlighted by her dominant performance at the MVC Outdoor Championships, as she won the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 11.61 and 23.82, respectively. She went on to compete at the NCAA West Preliminaries and placed 34th in the 100 meters and 40th in the 200 meters.

Dull also racked up honors on the track and in the classroom. The native of Clinton, Mo. was named All-MVC in the 4x400 meters and an All-MVC Alternate in the 4x100 meters. She also earned the MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award and spots on the MVC Honor Roll and Scholar-Athlete Team.

Merica Moncherry returns for her sophomore season with the Bears and will look to build upon her NCAA Regional appearance as a freshman. Moncherry placed 22nd in the 200 meter dash at the West Regional Preliminary round with a time of 24.12.

Dantin returns after competing in a few events for the Bears last year. The native of Wildwood, Mo. placed 14th in the weight throw with a distance of 37-07.25 at the Kickoff Klassic. During the outdoor season, she placed 23rd in the discus throw (37.44m) at the Bobby Lane Invitational and eighth in the shot put (10.46m) at the Arkansas Spring Invitational.



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