Track & Field Bears Hope to Ride Momentum into Missouri Relays
April 11, 2014
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Missouri State will be one of 12 women’s teams at the meet, which includes Division I competition from the host Tigers, UMKC and Southern Illinois Edwardsville. Events are slated to get underway at 1 p.m., with the hammer throw. Track events open at 2:30 p.m., with the 3,000-meter run
“The Missouri [Relays] come at a time, where I like to think we take somewhat of a natural break,” said Missouri State Director of Track & Field Ronald Boyce. “You’ll see some kids do some events that are not really their main events. It will give us a chance to repair some things, give us a chance to reload a little bit.
“But, more importantly, it gives some of the individuals, who are not quite ready a chance to get ready,” Boyce said. “So, [the meet] serves dual purposes for us – we’ll rest, but we will compete some other people in some areas.”
The Bears are coming off of a solid outing at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, seeing contributions from several different student-athletes at the non-scoring meet.
Junior Althia Maximilien set season bests in both the 200 and 400 meters and was part of the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay squads that also set team bests for the season. Maximilien clocked 54.15 in the 400 to place third and 24.13 in the 200 to finish sixth overall. She ran the third leg in the 4x100, as MSU finished in 45.28, and the second leg in the 4x400 that finished in 3:43.39. All four times are currently tops in the Missouri Valley Conference with the 400 and 4x100 times both ranking 15th in the NCAA West region.
Junior multi Haley Scott posted personal bests in both the triple jump and javelin last Saturday. She leaped 11.96 meters to place seventh in the triple jump and was 12th in the javelin with a top mark of 25.53 meters. Scott was also just two centimeters off of another personal best in the long jump with 5.41 meters to finish 10th. Scott now ranks fourth in the MVC in the triple jump this season.
Another personal best came from sophomore Tenaly Smith in the 1,500 meters. She placed third in 4:49.94, topping her previous best of 4:52.32, set at last year's Arkansas Spring Invitational.
MSU participated in the Missouri Invitational on Feb. 7 during the indoor campaign, winning four events. Senior Pernell Joseph won the 60 meters in 7.56, and freshman Rosalie Pringle took the 400 in 57.30. The Bears won the 4x400 in 3:49.67. Sophomore Robiann Broomfield leaped to a win in the triple jump with a mark of 12.50 meters.
Following the Missouri Relays, the Bears head to Lawrence, Kan., for the 87th Kansas Relays. The four-day competition opens Wednesday and runs through Saturday.