The Missouri State women’s track and field team wrapped up a two day long meet Saturday at the Husker Invitational. The squad set various personal records throughout the two-day event. Head coach Jordan Fife said the importance of building off of their most recent performance.

“Nebraska puts on a great meet, and we had some athletes really take full advantage of the facility and level of competition,” Fife said in a press release. “There’s always learning to do, but as we compete in meets like these, we are getting more and more used to the high level of competition and seeing what it takes to be successful at this level.”

The Bears really shined on the second day of the contest with freshman sprinter Malia Watkins posting an indoor 200-meter time of 24.10. Watkins’ time landed her in the top three results in MSU program history, the fastest since Shavonne Husbands’ 23.97 in 2013. Watkins finished fifth. Fellow freshman Calandra Henry also recorded a personal record of 25.34.

For the mile, sophomore runner Edna Dar and senior Grace Breiten both finished in the top 10. Dar placed eighth with a time of 4:58.19, while Breiten wasn’t far behind finishing ninth with a time of 5:02.39.

Switching to the field, freshman jumper Jessica Haney tied her season-best high jump, clearing 1.70 meters, or about 5-foot-7. This resulted in a sixth place finish after the competitors ranking from second to sixth were decided via a tiebreaker. Haney’s jump also ranks fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Freshman triple jumper Taila Emerson recorded a 10.82 meter jump, resulting in 19th place. Emerson actually finished right behind her sister, Tamia, who was competing in the same event for UMKC. 

The 4x400 relay was a high note for the Bears with the unit of sophomore Jayda Buchannan, Watkins, and juniors India McNeill and Chanice Forbes running its quickest time of the year (3:49.11) for a sixth place finish.

Fife’s squad now looks forward to the Gorilla Classic on Feb. 14-15 in Pittsburg, Kansas. After the trip to Pittsburg, the Bears will compete in their last indoor meet of the season, the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, on Feb. 29.