Track & Field Bears Travel to Nebraska Holiday Inn Invitational This Weekend
Senior Pernell Joseph
Senior Pernell Joseph

Jan. 16, 2014

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Missouri State Bears at Holiday Inn Invitational
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 17-18, 2014
Start Time: 4 p.m/11 a.m.
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Site: Bob Devaney Sports Center

Twitter: @MSUBearsTrackXC | @MissouriStBears

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Missouri State track & field team travels to Nebraska this weekend to take part in the Holiday Inn Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Center starting Friday.

The two-day event opens Friday at 4 p.m., with the weight throw. Action on Saturday begins at 11 a.m., with the shot put. Running events are slated to start at 4:30 p.m., Friday and noon Saturday. Live results will be available at

The Bears will be joined 15 schools, including the host Huskers, No. 10 Kansas, Air Force, South Dakota, UMKC, SIUE, Northern Colorado and Nebraska Omaha, among others.

Sophomore Robiann Broomfield comes into the event with a top-10 triple jump mark nationally. The Clarendon, Jamaica native posted the ninth-best effort in the event at 12.49 meters (40 feet, 11.75 inches) at the Iowa State Holiday Preview on Dec. 6. Bloomfield will look to improve upon her standing in the event – which also leads the Missouri Valley Conference – this weekend, while going up against some of the best competition in the country.

Broomfield is also tied for third in the Valley in the long jump with a mark of 5.55 meters (18 feet, 2.5 inches).

Junior Althia Maximilien ran 24.91 in the 200 meters at the Arkansas Invitational last Friday to rank 54th in the country in the event.

Freshman Megan Nickles, who opened his collegiate career with bright cross country season in the fall, has carried the momentum into the indoor track season. Nickles turned in the Valley’s fourth-best time in the mile run at Iowa State (5:08.58).

Sophomore Oarabile Babolayi owns the No. 3 mark in the conference in the 400 meters with a time of 57.33 clocked at Arkansas last week.

Finally, senior Pernell Joseph ran 7.67 in both the prelims and finals at Arkansas to finish second in the event and earn the fifth-best time in the league.

Following competition this weekend, the Bears head to Indiana’s Gladstein Invitation next Friday and Saturday.



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