Bears Set for NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
 
Sophomore Shavonne Husbands is one of five representing Missouri State at the NCAA Track & Field Championships this week.
 
Sophomore Shavonne Husbands is one of five representing Missouri State at the NCAA Track & Field Championships this week.
 

June 10, 2014

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EUGENE, Ore. –
Five members of the Missouri State track & field team will compete with the nation’s best in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Hayward Field beginning Wednesday.

Sophomore Robiann Broomfield will compete in the triple jump as the No. 22 seed, while sophomore Shavonne Husbands, juniors Chelsey Borders and Althia Maximilien and senior Pernell Joseph will represent the Bears in the 4x100-meter relay as the 23rd seed.

The 4x100 semifinals are set for Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., central time, with the triple jump trials and finals slated for Friday at 5:25 p.m. Should Missouri State advance to the finals of the relay, that would go off at 4:10 p.m., on Saturday.


 

 

BEARS QUALIFY FOR MULTIPLE EVENTS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2012
With both Broomfield and the 4x100 team qualifying for NCAA championships, it marks the first time since 2012 that Missouri State will send multiple student-athletes to the championship meet in the same season. That season, both Althia Maximilien (400-meter dash) and Kimsue Grant (triple jump) competed. Maximilien earned USTFCCCA honorable mention All-America while Grant was named to the second team.

MSU NCAA DIVISION I OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
Since 1992 when Dedra Davis qualified for, and competed in the long jump, the total number of Bears competing as individuals or as part of a relay at NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships sits at 21, 17 of which have been coached by Director of Track & field and Cross Country Ronald Boyce since he took over the top post of the women’s program in 1997.

Missouri State has earned 12 outdoor All-America honors, including Davis (1992), Melinda Sallins (1995-96). Augustina Charles (1999), Trudi Garrett (1999), Mashere Harrison (1999), Verneta Lesforis (1999), Juliet Pommels (1999), Casey Owens (2004-05), Tracy Partain (2006), Grant (2012) and Maximilien (2012).

BEARS AMONG FOUR VALLEY TEAMS WITH MULTIPLE ENTRIES
Missouri State is one of four Missouri Valley Conference schools to field multiple entries in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this season. The Bears are tied with Illinois State for third most in the league. Indiana State student-athletes will be competing in a league-best five events followed by Southern Illinois with three.

Bradley, Northern Iowa and Wichita State boast one qualifier each for the championships.

Oregon leads the field which includes 139 represented schools. The Ducks competing in 20 different events.

A LOOK BACK AT NCAA WEST PRELIMINARY
Missouri State sent five student-athletes to compete in eight events in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field West Preliminary in Fayetteville, Ark., May 29-31.

Broomfield finished 10th in the triple jump with a top leap of 12.72 meters to advance to Eugene. The 4x100-meter relay team ran the third-fastest time in school history at 44.79 to grab the 12th and final qualifying spot out of the west prelims.

Broomfield also finished 23rd overall in the long jump with an effort of 5.91 meters.

Husbands was 25th in the 200 meters in 24.18, while coming in 39th in the 100 meters in 12.01.

Maximilien placed 30th in the 400 meters with a time of 54.28, and Oarabile Babolayi ran 34th overall in 1:00.34 in the 400-meter hurdles. Babolayi also led off the Bears’ 4x400-meter relay entry which along with Husbands, Maximilien and freshman Rosalie Pringle, finished 24th in 3:47.44.

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