May 16, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Six Missouri State student-athletes will compete in a total of six events at the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor West Preliminary Rounds May 23-25 in Austin, Texas, the NCAA announced Thursday (May 16).
Freshman Shavonne Husbands (St. Philip, Barbados) will compete at nationals in the 200-meter dash. Husbands, seeded 19th, qualified for next week's competition by running a personal-best 23.53 at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships last weekend.
Sophomore Althia Maximilien (Bridgetown, Barbados) is slated to make her second trip in as many years to nationals. The two-time USTFCCCA All-American qualified for the 400-meter dash as a 19 seed after running a 53.25 at the conference meet.
Another piece of the Bears' future, freshman Oarabile Babolayi (Mosetse, Botswana), qualified for the NCAA prelims in the 400-meter hurdles. The 39th-seeded Babolayi picked up All-MVC distinction for the event with her personal-best time of 59.67 at the MVC outdoor meet.
Senior Kimsue Grant (Arlington, Va.) and freshman Robiann Broomfield (Clarendon, Jamaica) will represent the Bears in jumps. Grant will make her fourth NCAA trip and qualified for two jumping events thanks to her individual championships at the MVC meet. She matched a personal best in the long jump (6.33 meters) to earn a No. 9 seed in the West, and won the triple jump with a mark of 12.79 meters to get a 15 seed in that event.
Broomfield will head to nationals seeded 17th in the triple with a distance of 12.73 meters, set in April at the Mississippi Open. That distance led the league until Grant topped it at the conference championships.
The Bears' 4x100-meter relay team of Husbands, Grant, Maximilien, and Pernell Joseph (Jr., Vieux Fort, St. Lucia) also met the qualifying criteria and will compete in Austin as the No. 22 seed. The group ran a season-best time of 45.40 at the MVC meet to make the cut for nationals.
Babolayi, Grant, Husbands, Joseph and Maximilien each earned All-MVC honors for their performances at the Valley outdoor meet.
Twelve competitors from each individual event and 12 teams from each relay event advance from each preliminary championships competition site to the final championships in Eugene, Ore.
The other NCAA first-round site (East) this season is Greensboro, N.C.