Track Bears Gearing Up for MVC Indoor Championships
Junior Althia Maximilien
Junior Althia Maximilien

Feb. 27, 2014

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Missouri State Bears at 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships
Saturday-Sunday, March 1-2, 2014
Start Time: 11 a.m./10 a.m.
Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Site: Lied Recreation Center

Twitter: @MSUBearsTrackXC | @MissouriStBears

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Missouri State track & field team heads to the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship this weekend at Northern Iowa’s UNI-Dome in search of its seventh MVC title.

The championships get underway at 9:30 a.m., on Saturday with the 60-meter hurdles in the pentathlon. Field events open with the women’s weight throw at 1:15 p.m., also on Saturday, while track events begin with the 60-meter hurdles open event at 3 p.m.

The women’s triple jump will start action on Sunday with the mile run beginning Sunday’s track events at 1:45 p.m.

Missouri State comes into the meet with six previous indoor MVC titles, including consecutive championships in 1998-99 and 2003-04. The Bears squeaked out their most recent title in 2012 by just 2.67 points over Wichita State in Cedar Falls with 132 points overall. MSU finished fifth overall last season with 88 points and have been picked to finish seventh in a pre-championship poll of conference head coaches, released Thursday.

The Bears sit second all-time in MVC indoor championships behind Illinois State’s eight. The Redbirds last won in 1997.

Junior sprinter Althia Maximilien is the Bears’ only returning event champion from a year ago. A Bridgetown, Barbados, native, Maximilien won the 200 meters last year in 24.55. She enters the weekend third in the conference this season in the race, clocking a 24.53 at the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 17. She will attempt to repeat as conference champion starting at 6:05 p.m., Saturday with the 200 prelims and finals at 7:05.

Maximilien is also the league leader in the 400 meters while ranking 50th nationally with a time of 54.31, achieved at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 14.

Several other Bears are also in the top 10 on the conference best list a number of events. Senior Pernell Joseph ran the second-best 60-meter time of the season at the Missouri Invitational in 7.56 on Feb. 7. Junior Chelsey Borders ran 7.59 the next week at the Iowa State Classic to put herself into a tie for third in the event for the season.

Joseph is also seventh in the conference in the 200, running a 24.85 at Iowa State. Sophomore Shavonne Husbands is ninth in the 200 this season, turning in a time of 24.97 in Wichita on Jan. 31.

Sophomore Oarabile Babolayi and freshman Rosalie Pringle have combined for the sixth and seventh best times in the 400, respectively. Babolayi ran 56.00 at Iowa State while Pringle went 56.55 at Missouri.

Sophomore Robiann Broomfield heads into championships with the No. 2 triple jump of the season in the MVC at 12.50 meters (41 feet, 0.25 inches). She is also seventh in the conference in the long jump with a best of 5.67 meters (18 feet, 7.25 inches). Both marks were set at Missouri.

Missouri State also posted three of the top 10 pentathlon marks in the conference at Wichita State on Jan. 31 and will look to improve on those numbers this weekend. Junior Haley Scott sits seventh in the conference, scoring 3,312 points at WSU, senior Gemma Smith is currently ninth (3,250 points) and sophomore Holly Pattie-Belleli follows in 10th (3,215).



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