The Murray State track and field team returned to action, Friday, opening the outdoor season with the Margaret Simmons Invite at Stewart Stadium.
It was the only home meet for the Racers this season and they put on a show, winning the meet by over 200 points. The Racers had winners in 14 events and many other top-five finishes.
“I am very happy with the way we competed today,” said head coach Adam Kiesler. “The weather wasn’t awesome and a lot of kids had a lot of events over a long period of time. The highlight of the meet has to be Rachel Gootee who had the third best throw in MSU history in the hammer. The men did very well as group on the track which was great to see. I am glad we got to celebrate the seniors and run in front of our home fans. I appreciate all the help from everyone who came and volunteered.”
MSU swept the sprints as Tamdra Lawrence won the 100m (12.29), Aubrey Main won the 200m (25.74, PR), and Jaysha Carter won the 100m hurdles (14.96). Carter also won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:10.94.
In the longer races, Hilary McAdam won 800m (2:14.58) and Ida Mutai won the 3000m steeplechase (11:47.27).
The Racers also won the 4×100 relay (48.22) and 4×400 relay (4:14.61).
In the field events, Rachel Gootee shined in the hammer throw as she had the third-best hammer throw in school history with a distance of 49.25 meters. Alexus Groom also won her event as she posted the top distance in the javelin with a throw of 34.46m.
The Racers also swept the jumps as Aubrey Main won the high jump (1.68m), Jessikha Ribeiro won the long jump (5.44m), Antoinetta Avant won the triple jump (11.74m) and Emily Heil won the pole vault (3.45m).
Murray State will return to action a week from today when they travel to Gulf Shores, Alabama to compete in the Island Meet.


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