Track & Field Bears Hit Fayetteville for Arkansas Spring Invitational Saturday
Senior Gemma Smith
Senior Gemma Smith

April 3, 2014

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Missouri State Bears at Arkansas Spring Invitational
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Fayetteville, Ark.
Site: John McDonnell Field

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Missouri State track & field team heads to the Arkansas Spring Invitational at John McDonnell Field Saturday.

The Bears will take on the host Razorbacks, Drake, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, South Dakota and Tulsa, as well as junior colleges Arkansas Baptist and Iowa Central College.

Arkansas is ranked No. 14 (128.40 points) in the latest Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Oklahoma State (60.78 points) represents the next highest ranked team competing in Arkansas this weekend at 31st overall.

Missouri State opens meet at 9:30 a.m., with the discus with running events to start at 1:30 p.m., with the 4x100-meter relay. MSU is slated to have up to 22 athletes competing in individual events for the meet

"Arkansas ... will be a tough meet, tough competition," said MSU Director of Track & Field Ronald Boyce. "When you get into the SEC, you run into [good teams]. It's always exciting to go to Arkansas. It's close to home and we're comfortable there."

The Bears are coming off of a solid outing last Friday and Saturday at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold in Nashville where they won two individual events. Sophomore Robiann Broomfield and Shavonne Husbands won the triple jump and 100 meters, respectively, with marks of 12.53 meters (41 feet, 1.5 inches) and 12.08 seconds.

Broomfield, who is ranked seventh in the West region in the triple jump, according to the USTFCCCA, earned Co-MVC Field Athlete of the Week for her performance.

The weekly honor is Broomfield's second this season as she was also named the league's co-field athlete of the week in the indoor campaign on Dec. 18.

Senior Gemma Smith is ranked 15th in the West in the triple jump with a 12.26-meter (40 feet, 2.75 inches) effort at Vanderbilt.

The meet marks the second time the Bears travel to Arkansas this season for track & field. MSU was in Fayetteville on Jan. 10 for the Arkansas Invitational. Missouri State was second in the three-team event, scoring 50 points to top Tulsa by nine. The Razorbacks won the meet with 136 points.

Following the Arkansas Spring Invitational, the Bears return to action at the Missouri Relays in Columbia on April 12.



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