Indiana Relays Wrap Up with Wins and Top Times for Bears
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Mareneika Goffe (Sr., Montego Bay, Jamaica) and Terry Phillips (So., Kansas City, Mo.) once again led the way for the track and field Bears at the two-day Indiana Relays, where the team earned two event wins as well as several personal bests.
The majority of the heavy lifting took place Friday, with Goffe continuing her stellar 2010 indoor season with her third-straight high jump win, notching a 5-06.00 in the event. She entered the season with three career wins in the event and as the defending MVC outdoor champion.
Following Goffe's lead, Maggie Sutor (Fr., Mokena, Ill.) helped the Bears go out on top by winning the 800-meter open Saturday. The event win is her second in as many weeks as she set a personal best of 2:17.43.
But it was Phillips who finished the weekend with a place in the Bears' history books. Her 3,000-meter time, 9:38.44, was good for second in the event's invitational and places her as Missouri State's third-best all-time performer in the event. She beat her previous personal best by almost 11 seconds.
Friday's 3,000-meter run was a good event for the Bears as four others set personal bests. Stephanie Harres (Jr., Columbia, Ill.) and Mari-Jean Vance (So., Columbia, Mo.) set their marks in the open run, while Staci Nelson and Emily Beaver established their top times in the invitational, finishing second and eighth, respectively. Fellow distance runner Abby Schlater (Fr., Council Bluffs, Iowa) finished seventh in the open mile run with a personal best of 5:02.25.
In other Friday action, Kimsue Grant (Fr., Arlington, Va.) and last week's 60-meter winner Jodiann Walker (So., Montego Bay, Jamaica) set personal bests in the seeded 200-meter dash, while fellow sprinter Rashida Allen (Jr., Montego Bay, Jamaica) finished seventh in the 200-meter dash invitational with the Bears' top time of the meet, 25.26.
Zaleika Goffe (Sr., Montego Bay, Jamaica) and newcomer Cheyenne Stewart (Fr., Christ Church, Barbados) were among a group of competitors that finished second in the high jump with a 5-04.25 height. The jump matches a career high for Zaleika.
In addition to Sutor's win, day two saw senior Yaneika Malcolm (Montego Bay, Jamaica) finish second in the 400-meter dash open, just behind former Bear runner Leander Ernest, who ran unattached. Malcolm ran a 56.42.
The Bears are back on the track Feb. 5 at the Mule Relays in Warrensburg, Mo.