Track and Field Turns in Solid Performances at Missouri Relays
The Bears' track and field team concluded the Missouri Relays Saturday in Columbia, Mo., and turned in some solid performances with 14 top-10 finishes, including four wins. Missouri State also marked seven MVC top times at the meet.
Missouri State's Genna Williams advanced to finals in the 100-meter dash, after placing fourth in prelims in a time of 11.87, ranking her number one in the Valley. Williams finished fourth in the finals in 11.89.
In the 200-meter dash, the Bears recorded a one-two finish as Leander Ernest ran an MVC leading time of 24.62 to win the event and Tanya Cyrus sprinted a time of 25.19 to come in second. Alexandria Oembler, Yaneika Malcolm and Kim Carter had a sixth, eighth, and tenth-place finish in the event, respectively.
Cyrus also added a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash in a time of 55.65 that ranks second in the Valley behind Ernest.
In the 800-meter run, Ernest once again proved to be unbeatable, running an MVC top time of 2:11.52 to win the event.
Distance specialist Carrie Vestal won the 10,000-meter run in a time of 35:55.53, placing herself at the top of the Valley in the event.
MSU's Jamie Vest earned her first collegiate career win by running a time of 10:53.85 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Her time also ranks No. 1 on the Missouri Valley Conference best list for this season. Kristin Wolkey finished ninth in the event with a time of 11:40.81.
In the 4x100-meter relay, Cyrus, Ernest, Oembler and Williams teamed up for a third-place finish in a time of 46.25. This foursome improved their time from last week by .28 of a second and continue to top the Valley standings.
In field events, Maraneika Goffe led the Bears with a seventh-place finish in the high jump, clearing 5-03. Kim Carter added a ninth-place finish in the long jump, marking a distance of 17-10.75.