Track & Field's Babolayi Set for IAAF World Championships
Oarabile Babolayi
Oarabile Babolayi

Aug. 9, 2013

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MOSCOW – Missouri State sprinter/hurdler Oarabile Babolayi just completed her first season of Division I track and field. Now she’s taking it up a notch by competing at the IAAF World Championships.

Babolayi (So., Mosetse, Botswana) is one of 78 student-athletes who were on 2013 collegiate rosters and are entered in individual events or are members of a relay pool for the 2013 World Championships, which will be held Aug. 10-18 at the Luzhniki Olympic Sports Complex, the venue of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

Babolayi is slated to compete for her home country of Botswana in the 4x400 relay, an event in which she earned All-MVC honors during the outdoor season. The preliminary round of the 4x400 is slated for Aug. 16 at 2:30 a.m. CT. The finals for the event will take place on Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m. CT.

She is the first Missouri State track and field student-athlete to compete at the World Championships since Verneta Lesforis in 1999. Lesforis, who was inducted into the Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010, competed on the world stage for St. Lucia.

The 21-year-old already has experience on international stages, having earned a silver medal in the 4x400 at the Senior Africa Athletics Championships in 2012. She also finished first in the 400m hurdles (58.92) and 400m (54.60) at the Gaborone, Botswana National Championship in 2012.

Babolayi qualified for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor West Regional 400m hurdles, and placed 29th with a time of 59.97 seconds.



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