Track and field preps for conference meet


Sophomore thrower Alexis Meloche won the javelin event at the Jim Green Invitational hosted by UK. Photo courtesy of Ben Nichols.

Ronan Summers, Staff Writer

As the Racers continue to prep for the MVC Outdoor Championships, the team performed well at the im Green Invitational over the weekend.

Murray State had five event winners and three top-10 performeances in the invitational, with many other notable performers as well.

Heading into championhip week, sophomore thrower Alexis Meloche says she feels good about the team’s chances .

“Right now, we’re feeling really good about how we’re doing,” Meloche said. “Especially from last weekend and how much success we had in our Lexington meet. It shows that we’re prepared for this weekend and that we’re individually ready for our events.” 

The Jim Green Invitational hosted by the University of Kentucky from Friday, April 28 to Saturday, April 29 was the final meet to tune up the Racers before the conference outdoor championship.

The Racers were able to place in two short distance events. Junior sprinter Teliyah James finished third in the 200 meter dash with a final time of 23.62 seconds. Sophomore sprinter Amyah Davis finished with a time of 1:01.40 and placed third in the 400 meter hurdles.

Freshman distance runner Allison Wood ran the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 11:59.02, earning her first place. 

Murray State also finished third in the 4×400 with a time of 3:47.26. 

The Racers had three of the five top place finishes in the 3,000 meter run. Sophomore distance runner Ruth Kimutai’s final time was 10:47.47, earning her second. Freshman distance runner Jocelyn Host finished in third place with a time of 10:57.60. Freshman distance runner Samantha Tucci placed fourth,  finishing with a time of 11:05.93.

Murray State finished first and second in the long jump. Senior jumper Rachel Hagans earned first place with a 6.45 meter jump. Junior jumper Jenna Pauly jumped 6 meters, earning her second place.

The Racers continued to have success jumping, as junior jumper Meghan Fletcher jumped 1.71 meters on her first attempt, earning first place.

Senior jumper Brooke Misukonis finished in third place in the pole vault with a jump of 3.81. Pauly finished fourth in the event with a jump of 3.81. 

Meloche finished first in the javelin throw with a final throw of 40.11 meters. She commented on her improvement from last year. 

“Last year’s meet, I think I was only throwing mid 30’s, and this year I got to the 40’s, which puts me in a good place for conference,” Meloche said.

Junior middle distance runner Kayla Bell ran the invitational 800 meter run in 2:06.37 and finished first place in the last event of the Jim Green Invitational. 

After an overall positive weekend in Lexington, the Racers should be primed and ready to go. The MVC Outdoor Championship will be held in Normal, Illinois from May 12 through May 14. 


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