Track & Field Bears Commence New Season at Kickoff Klassic
Kimsue Grant
Kimsue Grant

Nov. 30, 2012

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The Missouri State track & field squad will launch its 2012-2013 campaign on Sunday (Dec. 2) at the Arkansas State Kickoff Klassic in Jonesboro, Ark.

The Bears will send their sprinters, jumpers and throwers to the meet, which begins at noon at the Arkansas State Convocation Center.

Missouri State at the 2011 Kickoff Klassic

The Bears started their 2011-2012 indoor season with a solid showing at the Kickoff Klassic. Senior Jelani Kelly highlighted the Bears’ performances with a second-place finish in the weight throw with a distance of 56-07.50 feet, which was a personal best throw at the time.

The Bears’ sprint group also posted strong performances in their first outing of the season. The 4x400-meter relay team of Shantel Llewellyn, Kara-Aretha Graham, Merica Moncherry and Althia Maximilien won their race with a time of 3:50.16.

Other MSU champions from the meet included high-jumper Jordan Bond, who won her event with a personal-best height of 5-06.00 feet. In addition, junior Kimsue Grant won the long jump with a distance of 17-10.75 feet.

Top Returners

After winning the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship, claiming a Coach of the Year honor and seeing five student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Missouri State track & field squad will face high expectations in 2012-2013.

The Bears will bring a well-balanced roster to the table this season, as director of track & field Ron Boyce returns 19 student-athletes to the roster and welcomes 14 new faces to the program.

Grant, a senior, returns for the sprints and jumps team. Grant had a spectacular junior season that included All-MVC laurels in the triple jump, long jump and 4x100-meter relay. Her season culminated with a trip to the NCAA semifinals in the triple jump. She also competed at the Olympic trials where she finished sixth in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump. The native of Arlington, Va. could emerge as a contender for a NCAA championship in jumps during her senior season.

The Bears will bring a handful of talented sprinters back into the fold. Maximilien, a sophomore, will lead this group in 2012 after a spectacular rookie campaign. Maximilien earned All-MVC accolades in the 400 meters, 4x100 meters and 4x400 meters. The native of Bridgetown, Barbados also was named the MVC Track Athlete of the Week for the week of March 27, 2012 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals in the 400-meter dash. After her strong college season, Maximilien competed internationally at the Barbados Nationals meet, where she won the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.70.

Maximilien is joined on the sprint squad by a pair of juniors. Pernell Joseph picked up All-MVC recognition in the 4x100 meters for the second-straight year. Joseph’s season was highlighted by her dominant performance at the MVC Outdoor Championships, as she won the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 11.61 and 23.82, respectively. She went on to compete at the NCAA West Preliminaries and placed 34th in the 100 meters and 40th in the 200 meters.

Junior Alyx Dull also racked up honors on the track and in the classroom. The native of Clinton, Mo. was named All-MVC in the 4x400 meters and an All-MVC Alternate in the 4x100 meters. She also earned the MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award and spots on the MVC Honor Roll and Scholar-Athlete Team.

Merica Moncherry returns for her sophomore season with the Bears and will look to build upon her NCAA Regional appearance as a freshman. Moncherry placed 22nd in the 200 meter dash at the West Regional Preliminary round with a time of 24.12.

Junior thrower Jessica Dantin returns after competing in a few events for the Bears last year. The native of Wildwood, Mo. placed 14th in the weight throw with a distance of 37-07.25 at the Kickoff Klassic. During the outdoor season, she placed 23rd in the discus throw (37.44m) at the Bobby Lane Invitational and eighth in the shot put (10.46m) at the Arkansas Spring Invitational.



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