Track & Field Bears Head to 87th Kansas Relays This Week

Track & Field Bears Head to 87th Kansas Relays This Week

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April 15, 2014

Meet Central | Schedule | Live Results | ESPN3 (Saturday)

Missouri State Bears at 87th Kansas Relays
Wednesday-Saturday, April 16-19, 2014
Start Time: 10:30 a.m./9 a.m./1 p.m./1:30 p.m.
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Site: Rock Chalk Park

Twitter: @MSUBearsTrackXC | @MissouriStBears | @KU_Relays

The Missouri State track & field team opens competition in the 87th Kansas Relays Wednesday, joining over 250 colleges at the new Rock Chalk Park.

The meet runs through Saturday, with the final day set to be broadcast on ESPN3 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Events start at 10:30 Wednesday with the 100-meter hurdles in the heptathlon. Other heptathlon events include the high jump, shot put and 200 meters that day. Thursday, the last of two days of combined events, features the heptathlon long jump, javelin and 800 meters and will begin at 9 a.m.

The women's hammer throw is slated for 2:45 p.m., Thursday, followed by the unseeded 800 at 5 p.m. The 100 hurdles open event begins at 10:15 p.m., Friday, while field events continue with the pole vault at 1 p.m.

Saturday has the shot put beginning at 1:30 p.m., with finals of the running events set to go off at the same time.

"We have a lot of work to do in Kansas," said Missouri State Director of Track & Field Ronald Boyce. "There are two things we have to fight - the weather is going to be a little rough this weekend, and then we've got a lot of work to do. So we're hoping that, once we get there, the weather will help us a little bit and calm down some, but regardless of the weather, then we have to deal with the competition. We're looking forward to the competition, it's another step towards where we're heading and that is towards the conference championship."

Up to 18 Missouri State student-athletes will compete in individual events in the non-scoring meet, which features some of the best collegiate talent from around the Midwest.

The Bears are making their first appearance in the Kansas Relays since 2011, and are coming off of another quality outing last week at the Missouri Relays. MSU set a bevy of individual personal and career bests.

Freshman Melanie Raterman, in just her second outing throwing the hammer in collegiate competition, broke a 14-year-old school record in the event with a heave of 49.82 meters, besting LaCole Oliver's mark of 48.66 meters from 2000 in Iowa City, Iowa. Raterman finished sixth in the 24-athlete field.

Sophomore Robiann Broomfield was second overall in the long jump (5.94 meters) and third in the triple jump (12.83 meters) on Saturday in setting a pair of career bests.

She currently sits sixth in the NCAA West Region in the triple jump, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and is also 31st in the region in the long jump. Broomfield trails athletes from Texas A&M, UTEP, Arkansas, Nebraska and Baylor in the triple jump.

Additionally, junior Althia Maximilien set a new personal top time in the 100-meter dash. The two-time USTFCCCA All-American clocked a time of 11.92 seconds, three one-hundredths of a second faster than her previous best.

Following the Kansas Relays, Missouri State heads to the Drake Relays April 23-26, in Des Moines, Iowa.

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