LIt was a historic day for the Murray State track and field team at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships as the Racers went home with three individual titles en route to a second place finish overall.
Full Results
As a team, the Racers entered the day down by 21.5 points to Tennessee Tech, but managed to make a comeback and took the overall lead with just a couple of events remaining, but a strong showing by TTU in the 3000m and 4×400 relay gave the Golden Eagles 119 points to the Racers 107.5.
“I can’t be more proud of this group,” said head coach Adam Kiesler. “We had ups and downs, but every time there was an outcome we didn’t want, a teammate stepped up and did better than we expected. We came out to win we fell short of that goal, but I learned a lot about this team and I am very happy to be able to coach them. I am also very proud of Coach Riggins, Wallace, and Neu. They had their event groups ready to go and they did very well. We will keep the same goal for outdoor and make sure to keep this in mind the next couple of months while we train.”
Tamdra Lawrence won the first gold for the Racers on the day as she set a new school record and OVC Championship meet record in the 60m with a time of 7.41 seconds.
She was not done as she also took first in the 200m with a season-best time of 24.12 seconds. Antoinetta Avant finished fourth with a personal-best time of 7.62 seconds.
Hilary McAdam also claimed gold for the Racers in the 800m. After sneaking into the finals yesterday as the eighth qualifier, the Australian finished first in the finals with a time of 2:19.39.
It was the first time since 2013 that the Racers won an individual gold medal when Sharda Bettis won the 60m hurdles and Tonia Pratt won the weight throw.
The Racers showed their depth in the pentathlon as Aubrey Main finished second with 3,706 points, Jessikha Ribeiro finished fourth with 3,439 points, and OVC Freshman of the Year Ashlyn Oren placed fifth with 3,432 points. For both Main and Oren, their scores were personal records.
Norma Abdur-Rafia was in two finals, Thursday, and finished fourth in the 60m (24.80) and sixth in the 200m (57.16).
Brooke Misukonis wrapped up her first indoor season with a spot on the podium as she finished third in the pole vault with a height of 3.57m. Emily Heil, Jessie Kinder, and Gabby Kennedy also competed in the pole vault and finished fifth, seventh, and tenth, respectively.
In the shot put, Destiny Carey improved upon her eighth-place finish last year as she finished fourth, Thursday with a distance of 13.12m.
Jabreuna Brimlett had personal-best triple jump (12.13m), placing fifth.
The day ended with the 4×400 relay with the Racers still holding onto a slim chance to take the overall title, but the team of McAdam, Abdur-Rafia, Lawrence, and Main finished fourth as Tennessee Tech took the gold.

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