June 29, 2012
A pair of Missouri State track and field standouts have been busy the past week working toward their dreams of participating in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Freshman sensation Althia Maximilien (Bridgetown, Barbados) won the 400-meter dash at the Barbados National Championships last week at the National Stadium in St. Michael. Her winning effort of 53.70 seconds in the finals was her fifth-best performance of the year. The All-American sprinter also won her preliminary heat in the 200-meter dash with a run of 24.01, the fifth-fastest effort of the prelims, but she did not compete in the finals.
In St. Lucia, fellow freshman and NCAA qualifier Merica Moncherry (Micoud, St. Lucia) won the 200-meter dash in her home country's national championships with a time of 24.11. Moncherry, who qualified for the NCAA first round in the 200, also competed in the 100-meter dash in the St. Lucia National Meet.
According to Missouri State head coach Ron Boyce, the final Olympic rosters will be announced in the coming days for both nations.
Kara Graham (Sr., London, England) and Gabrielle Ade-Onojobi (Fr., London) also represented the Maroon and White by participating in the English nationals last week. Jamaican-born NCAA All-America triple jumper Kimsue Grant (Jr., Arlington, Va.) will compete for an Olympic spot for at the Jamaican National Trials this weekend, while Shantel Llewellyn (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) also competes this weekend for a spot on the Canadian team.