MSU Track Bears Set for Run at MVC Outdoor Title
Sophomore Robiann Broomfield
Sophomore Robiann Broomfield

May 15, 2014

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Missouri State Bears at 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship
Friday-Sunday, May 16-18, 2014
Start Times: 11 a.m./10:30 a.m./12 p.m.
Location: Carbondale, Ill.
Site: Lew Hartzog Track & Field Complex

Twitter: @MSUBearsTrackXC | @MissouriStBears

CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Missouri State track & field team is set for the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Southern Illinois' Lew Hartzog Track & Field Complex, beginning Friday.

The Bears are shooting for their first MVC outdoor crown since winning three consecutive titles from 2001-03 under Director of Track & Field Ronald Boyce. The Bears will have up to 21 student-athletes competing in individual events on the weekend.



The meet begins at 11 a.m., on Friday and continues at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday and Sunday at noon. Free live video and results will be available throughout the meet on

Missouri State was chosen to finish fourth in the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, according to a pre-championship poll released on Tuesday.

The Bears earned 54 points in the voting done by the league's nine women's head coaches. Missouri State settled two points in back of meet-host Southern Illinois (56 points).

Indiana State looks to repeat as outdoor champion this week and earned seven first-place votes and 79 points overall to top the poll. Wichita State sits second with the remaining two first-place votes and 71 points.

Northern Iowa (42 points), Illinois State (38). Loyola (35), Bradley (16) and Drake (14) round out the voting.

Missouri State looks to improve upon a fifth-place team finish in the conference championship last May when it scored 91 points.

The Bears have won three Missouri Valley Conference championships in outdoor track & field in the 31-year history of the championship. MSU claimed consecutive titles from 2001-03.

The Bears scored 156 points in 2001 to top championship-host Indiana State by 11 in winning their first-ever conference crown. MSU (147) then defeated Wichita State the next year in Cedar Falls, Iowa, by 33.5 points. Missouri State tallied 152 points in 2003, completing its run of three straight titles, topping Northern Iowa in Carbondale by the Bears' largest margin of victory of 50 points.

Boyce was named MVC Outdoor Coach of the Year following all three of Missouri State's championships.

Missouri State boasts five returning student-athletes who have earned All-MVC honors at conference outdoor championships. Leading the group are senior Pernell Joseph (2011-12) and junior Althia Maximilien (2012-13), who have claimed the distinction two times each.

Junior Merica Moncherry (2012) and sophomores Oarabile Babolayi and Shavonne Husbands (2013) round out the returning Bears who have finished in the top three of their respective events.

Event champions who are back are Joseph, winner of the 100 and 200 meters in 2012, and Husbands, who took the 200 in 2013.

Joseph ran 11.61 and 23.82, respectively to win the 100- and 200-meter titles in 2012, while Husbands won 23.56 to win the 200 last year. Also back to make another run at the 4x100-meter relay title are three of the four who combined to win the championship in 2012. Joseph, Moncherry, Maximilien and Kimsue Grant finished in 44.90 in 2012.

Missouri State is ranked No. 13 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Midwest Regional Rankings for week 6 heading into the conference championships.

The Bears earned 199.13 points in the rankings and are second among Valley teams in the Midwest, trailing only No. 11 Wichita State (229.31) in the 30-school computer rankings.

MSU enters the weekend leading the conference in four individual events and one relay.

Sophomore Robiann Broomfield has posted the top distance in the league in both the long jump and triple jump. Broomfield achieved both marks at the Missouri Relays on April 11, jumping 5.94 meters (19 feet, six inches) in the long jump and 12.83 meters (42 feet, 1.25 inches) in the triple jump.

Maximilien lowered her season-best and conference-leading 400-meter dash time to 53.48 at the Jace LaCoste Invitational on May 3, while Babolayi leads the conference in the 400-meter hurdles. She ran a time of 59.36 at the Drake Relays on April 25.

Babolayi, sophomores Husbands, Chelsie Horton and junior Maximilien also turned in the conference's top time of the season in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet ran 3:39.47 at the Jace LaCoste Invitational at Mississippi.

The Missouri State track & field team won two events to finish third overall in the Jace LaCoste Invitational at Carl Maddox Track Complex May 3.

Junior sprinter Althia Maximilien won the 400-meter dash and the Bears' 4x400-meter relay squad of sophomores Oarabile Babolayi, Shavonne Husbands, Maximilien and sophomore Chelsie Horton claimed that race in a season-best time.

Maximilien also took the 400 meters in a season-best time of 53.48 for her first victory in the event this season. The relay clocked a time of 3:39.47, over two-and-a-half seconds faster than the team's last best time.

The Bears scored 79 points to finish ahead of UAB and Iowa State (72 points), Oklahoma (51), No. 10 Florida State (26.5) and No. 16 Virginia Tech (18).

Alabama won the team title with 150.5 points followed by 12th-ranked host Mississippi State with 109.5.  

Freshman thrower Melanie Raterman broke the Missouri State school record in the hammer throw with a mark of 49.82 meters at the Missouri Relays on April 12 breaking LaCole Oliver's previous mark of 48.66 meters from 2000 at Iowa.

Below is a listing of Missouri State student-athletes in the NCAA West Region rankings:

100-Meter Dash
t-53. Shavonne Husbands                        11.69
t-84. Pernell Joseph                                   
200-Meter Dash
t-37. Althia Maximilien                       
t-74. Shavonne Husbands                         24.02
400-Meter Dash
23. Althia Maximilien                          53.48
t-93. Oarabile Babolayi                        55.35
400-Meter Hurdles
27. Oarabile Babolayi                        59.36
4x100-Meter Relay
40. Borders, Joseph, Maximilien, Husbands  45.28
45. Horton, Joseph, Maximilien, Husbands   45.44
4x400-Meter Relay
39. Babolayi, Husbands, Maximilien, Horton  3:39.47
Long Jump
46. Robiann Broomfield           5.94 meters
93. Gemma Smith 5.78 meters
Triple Jump
8. Robiann Broomfield 12.83 meters
t-50. Gemma Smith                        12.26 meters
t-70. Haley Scott                         12.01 meters

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