Track Bears Get Seven into NCAA Championships
May 22, 2014
NCAA Release | NCAA West Preliminary Round Meet Central | MSU Top Times and Distances
Sophomores Robiann Broomfield (long jump and triple jump) and Shavonne Husbands (100- and 200-meter dash) are slated to compete in a pair of individual events each. Classmate Oarabile Babolayi will run in the 400-meter hurdles, while junior Althia Maximilien qualified for the 400-meter dash.
Broomfield, Husbands and Babolayi will make their second consecutive trips to NCAA championships, and Maximilien her third.
The Bears will also send their 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay squads to the championship. Junior Chelsey Borders, senior Pernell Joseph, Maximilien and Husbands qualified MSU in the 4x100, while Babolayi, Husbands, Maximilien and sophomore Chelsie Horton did the honors in the 4x400.
Freshman sprinter Rosalie Pringle will fill out the Bears’ 4x400 contingent in place of Horton.
"It is fitting and rewarding to see this group of young ladies advance to the NCAA regional championships,” MSU Director of Track & Field Ronald Boyce said. “They are the nucleus of the team, and have been since competition started in December. We are looking forward to competing next weekend in Fayetteville. I'm very proud of this group and its continued success."
Broomfield enters the meet as the highest-seeded MSU competitor at No. 10 in the triple jump. The Clarendon, Jamaica, native posted an MVC-championship-winning mark of 12.95 meters (42 feet, six inches) to make her way into the field. She is also the 37th seed in the long jump. Broomfield won that event in the MVC championship as well with a mark of 6.01 meters (19 feet, 8.75 inches).
Husbands is the No. 20 seed in the 200 with a time of 23.48, which helped the St. Philip, Barbados, product to second in the MVC meet, as she picked up all-MVC honors. She earned the 38th best time in the 100 meters with a season-low at 11.67 from the MVC championship.
Babolayi comes into the championship seeded 30th in the 400 hurdles with a career-best time of 59.24. A Mosetse, Botswana, native, Babolayi ran second in the MVC championships a week ago.
Maximilien ran 53.48 in the 400 meters at the Jace LaCoste Invitational on May 3 to claim the 27th seed for the NCAA meet. She is coming off of a victory in the 400 at the MVC championships on Sunday, and also won the conference indoor 400 meters in March.
The 4x100 relay team earned a time of 45.21 in winning the event at the conference level to take the No. 19 seed. The Bears just sneaked into the field for the 4x400 with a time of 3:39.47 at the Jace LaCoste Invitational for the 24th and final accepted time in the event.
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., which are slated for June 11-14.