Track and Field Bears to Compete in Drake Relays and Kip Janvrin Open
SPRINGFIELD - The track and field Bears will partake in a split squad weekend, with MSU athletes competing in both the Drake Relays, April 28-30, and the Kip Janvrin Open, April 28-29.
It will be the 102nd running of the prestigious Drake Relays, hosted by fellow MVC school Drake University in Des Moines Iowa. The Relays will welcome more than 7,000 athletes to the three day meet, including 1,295 on the collegiate women's side. The 1,295 total will feature MSU competitors accepted in all groups; the distance, sprints, field and relays.
"The Drake Relays meet is big," Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Ronald Boyce said. "It is a very big event; arguably, one of the top three relay meets in the country. We will go into that meet for some more experience, some more work and a chance for these kids to compete on the big stage in front of many people and see how they perform. It will be fun for all involved."
Fresh off setting the school's outdoor 3,000-meter run record (9:47.34 minutes) at last week's Kansas Relays, Theresa Brokaw (Sr., Stronghurst, Ill.) will compete in the 5,000-meter run late Thursday. Emily Beaver (So., Diamond, Mo.) and Erin Edwards (Fr., Kansas City, Mo.) will join her on the distance side, both running in the 10,000-meter run.
Freshmen Sydney Peavy (Kansas City, Mo.) and Pernell Joseph (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia) will run in Friday's 100-meter dash. Kimsue Grant, the only field competitor at the Relays for MSU, will jump in Saturday's triple jump.
The Bears will have four relay groups in the field. They will compete in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays, as well as the sprint medley relay.
The majority of Boyce's squad will compete at the fifth annual Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola, Iowa, hosted by Simpson College. Thursday's action will be strictly field events, while the track events will run from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday.
"The Kip Janvrin; that is where we go over to that meet and we will try to get some individuals events in to work on some individual skills and hopefully help some kids who need just a little bit more work to get going," Boyce said.
Live results will be available throughout the weekend here or via the track and field schedule page on www.MissouriStateBears.com. Live video for the Drake Relays is available for purchase.