Track & Field Bears Ready for In-State Clash at Missouri Invitational
Jordan Bond
Jordan Bond

Missouri Invitational Schedule

Jan. 17, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- After a strong showing at the Saluki Open last weekend, the Missouri State track and field team will resume competition at the Missouri Invitational on Friday (Jan. 18) at 2 p.m. The meet will convene at the Hearnes Fieldhouse in Columbia, Mo.

Heading into this weekend’s competition, two Missouri State student-athletes pace the Missouri Valley Conference in three events. Freshman Shavonne Husbands holds the best 200-meter dash time of all MVC runners (24.21), while senior Kimsue Grant owns the highest marks in the long jump (6.06 meters) and the triple jump (12.33 meters). Junior Pernell Joseph and sophomore Althia Maximilien rank second and third, respectively in the 200-meters.

The Bears will be joined by 13 other teams at the Invitational and will look to build upon several strong performances at last weekend’s Saluki Open in Carbondale, Ill. Joseph will again run the 60-meter dash after capturing first-place finishes last weekend in both the 60-meter prelims and finals, while sophomore Gabriella Ade-Onojobi will look for her second-straight win in the 60-meter hurdles. Meanwhile, Maximilien will race in the 600-meter run and look to beat her personal-best time of 1:31.17.

Missouri State’s field events are highlighted by Grant and senior Jordan Bond competing in the triple jump. Grant, a 2012 All-American, placed third in the triple jump at the Saluki Open, while Bond was second in the event at the Arkansas State Kickoff Klassic in December.

A quartet of Bears will compete in the high jump, including freshmen Cassandra Schwab and Betsy Borgsmiller, and sophomores Haley Scott and Gemma Smith. Scott and Smith will also compete in the long jump.

Missouri State at the 2011 Missouri Invitational
The meet will mark the Bears’ first event in Columbia since 2011. Alyx Dull and Joseph were freshmen at the time, and both shined at the 2011 meet. Dull won her 60-meter dash preliminary heat and finished fourth in the finals, while Joseph finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.79 seconds and fourth in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 26.25. Joseph had the fastest 60-meter preliminary time, 7.81, of any of the 19 runners.

On the field side, Grant won the long jump with a mark of 5.63 meters and placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 11.67 meters. Meanwhile, Bond placed fourth in the high jump by clearing 1.70 meters.



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