Feb. 5, 2013
It's almost time for Missouri State track and field team to defend its status as Missouri Valley Conference indoor champions. Up first, though, is one final tune-up at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. on Feb. 8-9 with noon start times slated for both Friday and Saturday.
The Fayetteville event was picked by the USTFCCCA as a Division I Meet of the Week, as the gathering of teams will include 11 women's squads ranked in the national top 25.
The meet will convene at the Randal Tyson Track Center and feature Missouri State's best student-athletes in their optimal events, a list that includes 2012 NCAA Outdoor All-Americans Kimsue Grant and Althia Maximilien.
Grant will compete in the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, triple jump and long jump after showing she is the premier jumper in the MVC this season. The senior from Arlington, Va. owns the Valley's top marks in the long jump (6.21 meters) and triple jump (12.57 meters) in 2013. Grant is also among the Valley's top-10 in the 60-meter dash (7.76, ninth) and the 200-meter dash (25.04, 10th).
Meanwhile, Maximilien will run the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes and has followed up her sensational rookie campaign with remarkable consistency as a sophomore. The native of Bridgetown, Barbados has clocked in below 25 seconds in each of her three 200-meter dash competitions this season and owns the conference's second-best times in the 200- (24.66 seconds) and 400- (54.35) meter dashes.
Freshman Shavonne Husbands will look to beat her personal best times in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. However, no MVC sprinter has bettered her 200-meters time of 24.59 seconds this year, which she set at the Kickoff Klassic - the first meet of her collegiate career. Husbands also holds the conference's fifth-best time in the 60-meter dash.
On the distance side, Missouri State will send participants to the 800-meter, mile and 3,000-meter runs. The 800-meter run will feature a pair of seniors and two freshmen, as Emily Beaver and Nicole Thate will help lead freshmen Cindy Forde and Tenaly Smith in the event. Beaver and Smith will join freshman Olivia Francka in the mile, while junior Lisa Imgrund and freshmen Taeler Marshall and Mackenzie Weis will represent the Bears in the 3,000-meter run.