MSU Track Athletes Honored by the MVC
May 31, 2012
ST. LOUIS -- Nine Missouri State athletes were among those recognized late Wednesday (May 30) by the Missouri Valley Conference for outstanding track and field performances and classroom success throughout the 2012 outdoor season.
The MVC officially announced its outdoor all-conference team with five Missouri State performers achieving All-MVC distinction and its MVC Scholar-Athlete Team which includes four more athletes as well as two who were also all-conference. All-MVC honors are bestowed on those who place in the top three at the State Farm MVC Championships, while the Scholar-Athlete Team is comprised of student-athletes with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and achieve success on the track during the season.
Kimsue Grant (Jr., Arlington, Va.), who will compete in the triple jump at next week's NCAA Division I Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, headlines the list of five MSU honorees earning all-conference distinction with honors in the triple jump, long jump and the 4x100-meter relay. Also part of the MVC champion 4x100 relay team were Pernell Joseph (So., Vieux, St. Lucia), Merica Moncherry (Fr., Micoud, St. Lucia) and Althia Maximilien (Fr., Bridgetown, Barbados). Maximilien, who also will compete in the NCAA meet next week in the 400-meter dash, earned all-league laurels in the 400 as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relay efforts. Joseph and Moncherry also earned All-MVC honors for their efforts in the 100- and 200-meter dash events and the 4x400-meter relay. Alyx Dull (So., Clinton, Mo.) was also an All-MVC recipient as part of the 4x400 team as well as being an alternate on the 4x100 team.
Joseph was the MVC champion in the both the 100- and 200-meter dash, while Grant won the MVC title in the long jump. All five of MSU's all-conference personnel, in addition to Jelani Kelly (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) competed at the NCAA Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas last week.
Grant, who has a 3.37 GPA in accounting, and Dull with a 3.96 in speech-language pathology were the only two MSU runners to land on both the MVC all-conference and scholar-athlete lists. Joining the duo on the elite list of classroom standouts are: Emily Beaver (Jr., Diamond, Mo., 4.00, English education); Jordan Bond (Jr., Normal, Ill., 3.26, graphic design); Erin Edwards (So., Kansas City, Mo., 3.99, exercise and movement science); and Terry Phillips (Sr., Kansas City, Mo., 3.99, biochemistry).
Coach Ron Boyce's squad won the 2012 MVC Indoor Track & Field Championship and finished fifth at the Outdoor Championship this spring. Boyce was named MVC Coach of the Year during the indoor season.
Maximilien will begin competition in Des Moines at the NCAA national semifinals on June 6 with the top 3 finishers in each of the three semifinal heats, plus the next three fastest times, advancing to the national 400-meter finals on June 8. Grant competes in the triple jump finals on June 9. There are 24 competitors in each national finals event.