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Ernest Named Valley Track Athlete of The Week



Missouri State freshman Leander Ernest has been named this week's Missouri Valley Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.

Ernest scored three first-place finishes in the Bears’ outdoor season opener in Carbondale, Ill., Saturday. She anchored the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays that placed first in times of 46.53 and 3:43.96, respectively. The freshman sprinted a regional qualifying time of 54.48 to win the 400-meter dash by over three seconds. Her closest competitor, Lyn Cox of Illinois State, finished in 57.51.

The Bears will be back on the track Friday-Saturday, March 30-31, in Columbia, Mo., for the Missouri Relays.



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