The MSU Bears track team warms up before practice

The MSU Bears track team warms up before practice.

The Missouri State track and field team traveled to the Randal Tyson Indoor Center at the University of Arkansas for the first meet of its indoor season.

The Bears had a strong showing at this event last year with nine top 10 finishes and a near record-setting performance. 

Sophomore Edna Dar was one of those top-finishers and the near record-setter, recording the school’s second-fastest time in the 1,000-meter run at 2:58.34.

Dar nearly matched her performance from last season, finishing ninth in the 1,000-meter race with a time of 2:59.93.

Dar was one of only three athletes who competed at the event last year.  She was joined by seniors Grace Breiten and Jordyn Capra. Capra did not compete but Breiten did, placing just outside the top 10 in the 1 mile with a time of 5:09.77.

The Bears only returned three athletes to this event, which means there is an abundance of newcomers to the team — 25 of them to be exact.

These newcomers impressed — there were two top-three finishers among the group.

Freshman Jessica Haney placed third in the high jump with a height of 1.70 meters, and fellow freshman Kennedy Aurentz came in second place in the women’s shot put with a distance of 13.32 meters.

All in all, the Bears walked away with five top 10 finishes and some impressive performances from upperclassmen as well as their newcomers. 

The Bears will compete next at the Deloss Dodds Invitational at Kansas State University from Friday, Jan. 24-25.