Bears Set for NCAA West Preliminary This Week
Missouri State will compete in eight NCAA Preliminary events this week.
Missouri State will compete in eight NCAA Preliminary events this week.

May 28, 2014

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Missouri State track & field team will compete in eight events in the 2014 NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary at Arkansas’ McDonnell Field, beginning Thursday.

Sophomores Robiann Broomfield (long jump, triple jump) and Shavonne Husbands (100-, 200-meter dash) will represent the Bears in two individual events each. Junior Althia Maximilien will run in the 400 meters and 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays, respectively.

Sophomore Oarabile Babolayi will run as Bears’ other individual qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles, while senior Pernell Joseph and junior Chelsey Borders will join Husbands and Maximilien in the 4x100. Babolayi, Husbands, Maximilien and freshman Rosalie Pringle will race in the 4x400.

Action gets underway on Thursday with the first round of the long jump at 2 p.m., followed by 400 hurdles at 5 p.m. The opening round of the 100 meters will go off at 6:55 p.m., and the 400 is set for 7:45 p.m.



The triple jump starts at 5 p.m., on Friday with the quarterfinals of the 400 at 6:15 and the 100 quarterfinals at 6:45. The 400-hurdles quarterfinals are at 7:45 p.m., and the first round of the 200 meters closes MSU’s day at 8:25 p.m.

The 4x100 quarterfinals is at 6:15 on Saturday and the 4x400 will go at 9:45 p.m. in between the 200-meter quarterfinals begins at 7:50 p.m.

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.

Five Missouri State student-athletes will be making return trips to NCAA regional competition this year, including Babolayi, Broomfield, Husbands, Joseph Husbands.

Broomfield, Husbands and Babolayi will make their second consecutive trips to NCAA championships, and Maximilien her third. Joseph, a senior, will make the third appearance of her career, as well.

The highest individual finisher of the returnees from last year’s meet in Austin, Texas, was Broomfield, who placed 27th in the triple jump with a top leap of 12.46 meters (40 feet, 10.5 inches).

Maximilien is the only student-athlete in this season’s group of returnees to the NCAA meet who has advanced beyond the preliminary rounds. In 2012, then a freshman, the Bridgetown, Barbados, native placed ninth in the 400 in 53.38 to get to the NCAA championships in Des Moines, Iowa. She finished 19th overall in 53.07 to earn USTFCCCA All-American honorable mention recognition.

Missouri State is coming off of a fourth-place finish at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship May 18 in Carbondale, Ill. The Bears scored 86 points overall in winning four events.

Broomfield swept both the long jump and triple jump with marks of 6.01 meters (19 feet, 8.75 inches) and 12.95 meters (42 feet, six inches), respectively. Maximilien ran 54.12 to win the 400-meter dash and Borders, Joseph, Maximilien and Husbands won the 4x100 in 45.21.

Maximilien’s victory in the 400 meters was her second at the distance at the conference-championship level this season as she won the event at MVC Indoor Championships in March.

Broomfield enters the meet as the highest-seeded MSU competitor at No. 10 in the triple jump on the strength of her victory in the event at the MVC meet. She is also the 37th seed in the long jump after winning that in Carbondale, as well.

Husbands earned 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 after a career-best time of 59.24. A Mosetse, Botswana, native, Babolayi ran second in the MVC championships this month.

Maximilien ran 53.48 in the 400 meters at the Jace LaCoste Invitational on May 3, which was good enough to claim the 27th seed for the NCAA meet.

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.

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