Track & Field Bears Set for Drake Relays
Kimsue Grant
Kimsue Grant

April 23, 2013

The Missouri State track and field team will send a contingent of student-athletes to compete at the Drake Relays from April 25-27 in Des Moines, Iowa. The meet will convene at Drake Stadium and include university and high school competitors from across the country.

The Bears will be joined at the meet by a strong field that includes competitors from six nationally ranked women’s teams: No. 3 Arizona, No. 9 Georgia, No. 11 Clemson, No. 17 Illinois, No. 20 Iowa State and No. 22 Oklahoma.

The Bears, who are ranked 17th in the Midwest this week by the USTFCCCA, are slated to send a handful of regionally or nationally ranked student-athletes to Des Moines.

Junior Pernell Joseph and freshman Shavonne Husbands are scheduled to compete in the 100-meter dash. Husbands is ranked eighth this week in the Midwest region in the 200-meter dash.

Freshman Oarabile Babolayi cracked the one-minute mark in the 400-meter hurdles last weekend at the Ole Miss Open. She’ll carry that time of 59.86 seconds – ranked eighth in the Midwest region – into the 400-meter hurdles event this week.

Senior Kimsue Grant is scheduled to compete in the long jump and triple jump, events in which she is nationally and regionally ranked. Grant’s season-best long jump distance of 6.21 meters ranks 21st in the country and fifth in the Midwest, while her triple jump mark of 12.71 meters is 27th in the country and third in the region.

Not to be outdone, freshman jumper Robiann Broomfield has surged near the end of the season to post strong distances in the triple jump. Broomfield’s mark of 12.73 meters sits atop the Valley outdoor list, ranks second in the Midwest and 24th in the country. Broomfield and Grant are scheduled to be joined in the triple jump by junior Gemma Smith.

Days three and four of the Relays will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. CDT Friday and Saturday.

Missouri State Entries at the Drake Relays

100m Dash
Pernell Joseph
Shavonne Husbands

800m Run
Emily Beaver

400m Hurdles
Oarabile Babolayi

4x100m Relay

4x200m Relay

1,600m Sprint Medley Relay

High Jump
Betsy Borgsmiller

Long Jump
Kimsue Grant

Triple Jump
Gemma Smith
Robiann Broomfield
Kimsue Grant



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