June 3, 2013
ST. LOUIS - Six members of the Missouri State track and field squad picked up Missouri Valley Conference awards Monday (June 3), when the league announced its Scholar-Athlete and outdoor all-conference teams.
Seniors Emily Beaver (Diamond, Mo.) and Kimsue Grant (Arlington, Va.) were recognized as two of the Missouri Valley Conference's brightest stars on and off the field, as they were each selected to the MVC Track and Field Scholar-Athlete team for the third time in their careers.
Beaver wrapped up her career as a distance stalwart for the Bears, as she owned MSU's top season times in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter runs during the outdoor season. Beaver, who finished her collegiate career with a 4.00 GPA in English education, also posted the Bears' top times in the 800 meters, the mile, and the 1,000-meter run during the indoor campaign.
Grant had a cumulative 3.37 GPA in accounting, won four individual Missouri Valley Conference championships and was selected as a recipient of the 2013 MVC Leadership and Service Award. She competed at the NCAA Outdoor West Regional meet thanks to being ranked ninth and 15th in the long jump and triple jump, respectively, on the NCAA Division I West Outdoor qualifying list.
Grant also earned outdoor all-conference laurels for her performances in two jumping events and on two relay teams. The senior dominated the long jump and triple jump, taking individual championships in both. She was also part of MSU's 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads, both of which claimed silver at the outdoor conference meet last month.
Missouri State's other all-conference picks included Shavonne Husbands (Fr., St. Philip, Barbados), who placed first in the 200-meter dash and was third in the 100 meters. Althia Maximilien (So., Bridgetown, Barbados) was second in the 400 meters. The two Barbadians also were parts of the all-conference 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
Oarabile Babolayi (Fr., Mosetse, Botswana) made the all-conference squad for her third-place performance in the 400-meter hurdles, and for helping the 4x400 relay team take second place at the meet. Pernell Joseph (Jr., Vieux Fort, St. Lucia) earned all-conference designation for her efforts on the 4x100 team.
Thirty-six men and 44 women were named to this year's Scholar-Athlete team. The group is comprised of student-athletes who have maintained at least a 3.20 GPA and are at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing. Additionally, these student-athletes must have demonstrated athletic excellence by placing among the top eight in an individual event, or top three in a relay event at the conference indoor or outdoor championships.