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Five Missouri State Track Peformers Headed to NCAA Meet



NCAA West Preliminary Round Live Results


SPRINGFIELD -- Five Missouri State student-athletes will be representing the maroon and white at the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships when the West Preliminary round begins next Thursday (May 26) in Eugene, Ore.

Shantel Llewellyn (Sr., Ajax, Ontario) has qualified in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Her 100-meter qualifying mark of 11.63 is the 34th-fastest in the field of 48 qualifiers, while her 200 dash time of 23.91 is 35th.

Llewellyn is coming off a stellar performance at the Missouri Valley Conference meet in Cedar Falls, Iowa last weekend where she was second in three different events, including both sprints and the 4x100-meter relay.

Kimsue Grant (So., Arlington, Va.) qualified for the NCAA's for the second year in a row with a season-best mark of 12.65 meters in the triple jump. She was also a regional qualifier in that event in 2010 and finished second in the long jump and triple jump at the MVC Championships, while joining Llewellyn and teammates Pernell Joseph and Kara-Aretha Graham in the 4x100 relay.

Jordan Bond (So., Normal, Ill.) also qualified in the triple jump with a mark of 12.43 meters. Her qualifying leap ranks 42nd in the West field, while Grant ranks 28th.

Jelani Kelly (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) qualified in the discus with a mark of 48.56. She returns to the NCAA meet after qualifying as a freshman and was the last at-large selection to the field.

Finally, Ariel Butzine (So., Lake Villa, Ill.) earned a spot in the NCAA field in the 400-meter dash. Her qualifying mark of 54.62 is the 46th best in the West Preliminary field and solidifies her position as one of the team's top distance sprinters.

The top 12 finishers at each of the two NCAA Preliminary sites advance to the Division I Outdoor Championships, which take place at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11.



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