Track & Field Bears Cast Seven Newcomers For 2013-14 Campaign
Ron Boyce - Director of Track & Field and Cross Country
Ron Boyce - Director of Track & Field and Cross Country

June 26, 2013

SPRINGFIELD  - The Missouri State track and field team has solidified its future for 2013 and beyond with the addition of seven track and field/cross country competitors.

The Bears added a familiar name in Savannah Beaver, a mid-distance runner from College Heights Christian School in Joplin, Mo. Beaver is the younger sister of former Missouri State standout runner Emily Beaver, a 2012-2013 senior who just completed her final season of track competition for MSU.

Savannah missed the 2012 cross country season due to injury, but was a three-time all-state selection in cross country, and a two-time all-state pick in track. She was also a part of three district championship cross country squads and was named the 2012 Aldo Sebben Southwest Missouri Runner of the Year.

As a junior in 2012, Savannah won a state championship in the 800 meters and set a school record in the 1,600 meters (5:17). She also earned a runner-up finish at state in the 1,600 and claimed district and sectional championships in that event.

Another in-state talent, jumper Kirstie Leslie, will come to MSU in 2013 as well. A native of Labadie, Mo., Leslie competed in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and heptathlon for Washington High School in Washington, Mo. Leslie earned a number of indoor track and field accolades as a senior, including first-team All-Gateway Athletic Conference and first-team all-state.

Leslie was an all-conference performer in several field events as a junior, including the long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault. She was also a state qualifier in the long jump and triple jump, and owns personal records of 17 feet, 6 inches in the long and 5 feet, 3 inches in the high. A versatile athlete, Leslie also competed in volleyball and basketball at Washington High, and was a Second-Team All-GAC pick in basketball in 2013.

Missouri State also welcomes mid-distance runner Megan Nickles, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa, into the fold for 2013. Nickles competed in track & field and cross country for the Bulldogs of Bettendorf High School, and earned all-district and all-conference honors for track three times. A two-time all-conference and all-district selection in cross country, Nickles was a cross country state qualifier as a senior and was named the MVP of her track team as a sophomore.

As a senior, she ran a personal-best time in the 800m and led Bettendorf's distance medley team to a state title thanks to the third-best time in Iowa high school history. Nickles also earned top-10 state finishes in the 800m and 1,500m and helped the school's 4x400m relay team to a runner-up finish at state. She owns Bettendorf High's school records in the 4x400m, 4x800m, distance medley relay, and has the second-best 1,500m time in school history.

Erin Roebuck, a sprinter from Springfield Catholic, racked up a trio school records during her prep career, including the school's top marks in the 100 meters (12.61), 200 meters (25.69) and 400 meters (58.16). As a senior, Roebuck earned conference championships in those three sprint events. She also notched top-five finishes in the 200 and 400 meters at the state championship meet, and placed 12th in the 100. Roebuck claimed a sectional championship in the 400 with a time of 59.17 seconds.

A 2013 Academic All-State pick, Roebuck also competed for Springfield Catholic's volleyball team, as the versatile athlete held down the fort at middle hitter. She picked up four letters while playing for coach Marci Johnson's squad.

Chelsey Borders comes to Missouri State as a transfer from Johnson County Community College. Borders, a native of St. Louis, was a three-time state qualifier in track while at Olathe East High in Olathe, Kan. A sprinter, Borders will join the ranks of Missouri State's strong short-distance squad, which earned five all-conference nods during the 2012-2013 outdoor season and two from the indoor campaign.

Borders qualified for the NJCAA indoor and outdoor national meets during her time at Johnson County, posting best times of 7.22 seconds in the 55-meter dash, 7.62 in the 60 meters, 11.61 in the 100 and 24.53 in the 200.

The Bears also added a pair of international mid-distance talents to their 2013-2014 roster. Cathy Nabusuulwa is a runner from Kampala, Uganda. As a senior at Gombe Secondary School, Nabusuulwa set a school record in the 1,500-meter run and finished the 800 meters in 2:10.30. Missouri State also picked up Bridget Mirembe from Ntinda View College in Kampala, Uganda.  Mirembe specializes in the 5,000-meters.

The track and field/cross country signing period extends to Aug. 1.



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