Bears qualify for finals on day two of MVC Outdoor Championship
On Saturday's second day of competition in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship, Missouri State placed four athletes in the top-five in finals events and had seven athletes qualify for Sunday's finals competitions.
The Bears are in fifth place after day two of competition with 33 points. Northern Iowa leads the meet with 73.50 points, followed by Wichita State with 57, Indiana State with 49, Southern Illinois with 45, MSU with 33, Drake with 25.5, Illinois State with 25 and Bradley with three.
Kim Carter and Jamie Vest highlighted the Bears, each earning second-place finishes. Carter marked a personal-best distance in the long jump to earn the silver medal with a distance of 19'11" and Vest turned in a time of 10:43.94 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to place second.
MSU high jumpers Zaleika Goffe and Maraneika Goffe finished fourth and fifth in finals competition. Both sisters tied their personal-best jumps, clearing 5'5".
In preliminary action, Alexandria Oembler was the first Bear to qualify for finals. The sophomore placed third in prelims in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.41.
In the 400-meter dash prelims, 2006 MVC Outdoor and Indoor champions Tanya Cyrus crossed the line at 55.46, to finish third. Teammate Yaneika Malcolm placed fifth in prelims and also qualified for finals with a time of 55.71.
The Bears also had two student-athlete qualify for finals in the 100-meter dash. Genna Williams and Carter finished third and sixth in times of 12.00 and 12.25, respectively. Williams also qualified for finals in the 200-meter dash, sprinting to a seventh-place finish in 24.35.
Freshman Leander Ernest earned an easy second-place finish in the 800-meter run preliminary in a time of 2:11.94. Kristin Wolkey ran the 800 for the first time this season and turned in a personal-best time of 2:13.41 and will compete in Sunday's finals.
The MVC Outdoor Championship concludes Sunday, May 13. Competition is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. and will end at 4:35 p.m. with an awards ceremony to follow.