MSU Track Bears Set for Run at MVC Outdoor Title
May 15, 2014
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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 MissouriStateBears.com.
BEARS PICKED FOURTH IN PRE-CHAMPIONSHIP POLL
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.
MISSOURI STATE OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD MVC CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
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.
RETURNING ALL-MVC PERFORMERS
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.
BEARS RANKED 13TH IN MIDWEST REGION
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.
TOPS IN THE VALLEY
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.
BEARS FINISH THIRD AT JACE LACOSTE INVITATIONAL
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.
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