Track and Field Team Kicks off 2008 Outdoor Season
The Missouri State track and field team kicked off its 2008 season with strong performances at the Missouri Relays in Columbia, Mo. Friday-Saturday, March 28-29. Senior Asher Kyger and sophomore Leander Ernest brought home individual titles with victories in the 1500-meter run and the 400-meter dash, respectively.
Kyger clocked a personal best time of 4:33.93 in the 1500-meter run, which ranks sixth on the MSU all-time performers list. Ernest bested the competition by more than one second with a time of 55.16 in the 400-meter dash. Teammate Yaneika Malcolm claimed second in the event with a time of 56.80.
Kyger also captured a second-place finish in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:15.28.
Freshman Terry Phillips posted a solid debut performance in the 3000-meter steeplechase taking second in the event with a personal best time of 11:01.84. Phillips’s time broke the freshman record previously set by Jamie Vest in 2006.
Emily Fletcher placed fourth in the 3000-meter run with a personal best time of 10:04.01 and Vest finished in sixth in a time of 10:16.56.
Stacy Nelson turned in a personal best time of 11:53.66 in the 3000-meter steeplechase event and Jacqui Lindsey placed in the top-ten in the 400-meter dash.
Missouri State will be back in action next week, April 4-5 hosting the Missouri State Big Bear Invitational.