Track and Field Bears Take on Tom Botts Invitational this Weekend
SPRINGFIELD - The track and field Bears stay in-state this weekend with the 15th annual Tom Botts Invitational Friday, April 8th, and Saturday, April 9th, in Columbia, Mo. The scored meet will be their second outdoor competition of the season.
The Bears will face off against host-school Missouri as well as Missouri Valley Conference foes Drake, Indiana State and Northern Iowa. Northern Illinois and familiar faces Central Missouri and Southeast Missouri round out the women's field.
Director of Cross Country/Track and Field Ronald Boyce's squad is coming off the Razorback Spring Invitational, which produced a solid field showing. Junior Jeláni Kelly (St. Louis, Mo.) earned a pair of second-place finishes to go with a fourth-place showing, while Kimsue Grant (So., Arlington, Va.) finished second and third in her two field events. Freshman Ahshane Johnson (Moberly, Mo.) chipped in with two fifth-place finishes.
Kelly was second in the discus (155-05.00 feet) and in the hammer throw (150-07.00 feet) with performances just shy of her personal bests, 156-01.00 and 151-00.00, respectively. She also placed fourth in the shot put at 44-05.06 feet.
Grant leapt 40-08.25 for her second-place triple jump finish and put up a personal best mark of 18-10.25 feet on her way to third place in the long jump.
Johnson was fifth in the triple jump (38-11.75) and long jump (17-09.75) in her first collegiate outdoor meet.
The discus throw starts the field events, and the meet, Friday at 2 p.m. Friday's action also will feature the shot put, long jump and pole vault in the field, and the 3,000-meter steeplechase on the track. Saturday will be the busy day with events scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., and the final event set for 1:35 p.m.
Live results will be available throughout the weekend by visiting the schedule page on www.MissouriStateBears.com.