May 8, 2013
ST. LOUIS - The Missouri State track and field team was picked to finish fifth in this weekend's 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in a vote by the league's coaches.
The Bears received 30 points in the pre-championship poll, ahead of Northern Iowa (23), Drake (19) and Bradley (8). Wichita State was the unanimous pick to win the title by garnering all eight first-place votes and 64 points. Indiana State was second with 54 points, followed by third-place Illinois State (49) and fourth-place Southern Illinois (41).
The Bears will be well-represented at the meet by several student-athletes who rank among the Valley's best during the 2013 outdoor season.
Freshman Shavonne Husbands has made a strong impression early in her career, as she's posted the Valley's top time in the 200-meter dash (23.93) and the third-best mark in the 100-meter dash (11.83).
Robiann Broomfield, also a freshman, owns the MVC's top distance in the triple jump (12.73m) and the 11th-best tally in the long jump (5.57m). Senior Kimsue Grant posted the conference's top mark in the long jump (6.21m) and is second to Broomfield in the triple (12.71m).
Sophomore Althia Maximilien has top-20 times in four track events. The native of Bridgetown, Barbados ranks second in the 400-meter dash (54.26) and fourth in the 200-meter dash (24.40), and owns the 13th- and 18th-best times in the 100 (12.20) and 800 meters (2:15.39), respectively.
Missouri State also has the MVC's second-best time in the 4x100-meter relay. The squad of Grant, Husbands, Maximilien and Pernell Joseph raced to a time of 46.08 at the K.T. Woodman Classic last month.
The first day of competition at Drake Stadium is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Friday (May 10), and will continue on Saturday and Sunday.
Missouri State Entries at the MVC Outdoor Championships
Pernell Joseph, Shavonne Husbands, Kimsue Grant, Althia Maximilien, Tenaly Smith
Pernell Joseph, Shavonne Husbands, Oarabile Babolayi, Althia Maximilien, Kimsue Grant, Cindy Forde