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Missouri State Track and Field Competes at Kansas State Invitational



Missouri State’s Leander Ernest had another impressive performance for the Bears at the Kansas State Wildcat Invitational Saturday in Manhattan, Kan. Ernest claimed the first event of the meet for Missouri State with complete domination in the 400-meter dash.

Ernest won the 400-meter dash in a time of 56.77, smoking the competition by over four seconds. Teammate Renna Berry claimed second-place with a time of 1:01.09.

The Bears had a strong showing in the 1 mile run, claiming the top-two finishes. Carrie Vestal led the way for Missouri State, taking first with a time of 5:08.40. Jamie Vest came in a close second in a time of 5:21.00.

Sophomore Yaneika Malcolm captured first-place in the 600 yard run with a time of 1:25.06 and freshman Rashida Allen turned in a personal best performance to claim first in the 200 meter dash in a time of 26.04.

Cortenee Boulard, Jacqui Lindsey, Ernest, and Malcolm dominated the 4 x 400 meter relay with a time of 3:53.01 to earn first-place.

"I am excited about our performances today. We are a very young team in need of experience. Competiting against Big 12 teams such as K-State and beating them is important to our program," stated Boyce.

Missouri State finished the meet with 29 top-10 finishes and won six of eight events entered.

The Missouri State track and field team will be back in competition Fri.-Sat., Jan. 25-26, in Fayetteville, Ark., for the Arkansas Razorback Invitational.



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