The Murray State track and field team was in two places at once, Friday, as some athletes competed at the Gladstein Invitational at Indiana University while others went to Eastern Illinois to compete in the John Craft Invitational.
At IU, the Racers competed in a couple of events on day one in Bloomington and had a few top-ten finishes including another win in the 60m dash by Tamdra Lawrence.
Lawrence won the 60m dash with a time of 7.64 seconds while teammates Rachel Hagans and Antoinetta Avant finished third and fourth, respectively, with times of 7.801 and 7.805.
The Racers also put two runners in the finals of the 60m hurdles as Avant finished fifth with a time of 8.94 and Dontavia Howard was right behind her in sixth place with a personal-best time of 9.04.
“It was good to see us go out and compete and find two girls in the 60-hurdle final and three in the 60m final,” said Head Coach Adam Kiesler. “We came here for the banked track and the athletes who ran on it today took advantage. We look forward to tomorrow where we get more opportunities to improve and learn.”
In addition to those two events, the Racers also saw two top-five finishes in the 400m with Norma Abdur-Rafia placing third (56.48) and D’Myia Thornton finishing fifth (57.75).
Hilary McAdam finished eighth in the mile with a time of 5:15.23 and Ida Mutai finished eighth as well in the 5000m with a time of 18:38.57. Destiny Carey was the top Racer in the weight throw with a mark of 14.13m, while Rachel Gootee and Christina Meinhardt both set personal records with throws of 13.80m and 13.42m, respectively.
In Charleston, the Racers had multiple winners in field events as they won the high jump, long jump and pole vault which helped them to a second-place team finish for the day, just behind host EIU and ahead of OVC rivals UT Martin and SIU Edwardsville.
“Coach Wallace and I are really proud of how the girls did,” said assistant coach Kelsey Riggins. “They went out and made finals, won some events and we had quite a few girls PR. They are coming through a tough place in training and the first week of classes, I thought they competed with guts.”
Jessikha Ribeiro and Ashlyn Oren traded places in the high jump and long jump as Ribeiro won the high jump with a mark of 1.65m with Oren right behind her in second at 1.63m. Oren took first in the long jump with a distance of 5.45m with Rebeiro following in second place at 5.26m.
MSU took the top five spots in the pole vault, led by Brooke Misukonis who had the second-best vault in Racer history with a height of 3.60m. Emily Heil, Shannon Riley, Jessie Kinder, and Gabby Kennedy followed Misukonis on the leaderboard with Riley setting a new personal record with a vault of 3.19m.
Jewel Wagner stood out in the throws with a fourth-place finish in the weight throw (16.24m) and a seventh-place finish in the shot put (11.92m). Hannah Johnson set two personal records in the two events with a 9.11m shot and 9.04m mark in the weight throw.
On the track, Jaysha Carter qualified for the finals in both the 60m and 60 hurdles, finishing second in the hurdles with a time of 9.78 and eighth in the 60m at 8.24. She also ran a personal best in the 400m with a time of 1:02.61. Oren and Ribeiro also qualified for the 60 hurdles final, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively while Oren set a PR with a time of 9.79.
JaKayla McSwain and Jocelyn Payne each ran in the 200m and 400m, finishing right next to each other in both races as McSwain took fourth in the 200m and sixth in the 400m while Payne placed fifth and eighth in the two races.
Katelyn Gilbert and Morgan Vosler each ran personal bests in the 3000m with Gilbert running 11:00.34 and Vosler right behind her at 11:03.51.
After the Racers finish up at Indiana tomorrow, they will be back in action in two weeks at Southern Illinois in the Don DeNoon Invitational.


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