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Racers Win Haines Invitational – Murray State University Athletics


The Murray State women’s track & field team put together an impressive day of winning as they took the title of the Joey Haines Invitational, hosted by Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The victory gives the Racers three-straight team wins since winning the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship in February.

The Racers ended the day with a runaway victory with 177 points, far ahead of second place Southern Illinois at 113.5 points and remarkable winning margin of 63.5 points. Memphis (105), SEMO and Lewis (91), Harding (80.5) made up the top-6.

The Racers posted four individual event victories Saturday including Rachal Hagans (Long Jump), Dani Wright (5000m), Brooke Misukonis (Pole Vault), Amirr Evans (800m). MSU also topped the field of 11 other teams with wins in the 4x400m and 4x100m relay events.

“With a one day meet it makes for a long day but our energy was high from start to finish and we are very happy about that.” Said Murray State Coach Adam Kiesler. “Rachel Hagans continued her great outdoor campaign with a great series in the long jump, Brooke Misukonis set another PR and school record, and we had numerous PRs that landed us in the top-8 on the conference list. With an off weekend ahead, we look to get some good work I’m over the next 12 days.”

The Racers’ next competition is at home (April 15) when they host the OVC Trio Meet with Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech.

Meet Notes

o   The Racers’ win at SEMO came with a remarkable margin of 63.5 points.

o   Emma Crevistion placed third in the 3000m Steeplechase.

o   Rachel Hagans won the long jump with a leap of 6.10m.

o   Dani Wright won the 5000m run at 17:40.

o   Amyah Davis placed third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.58.

o   Davis finished second in the 100m hurdles at 14.36, while teammate Jordan Marshall placed third at 14.63.

o   Jakayla McSwain placed second in the 200m dash at 25.23.

o   Teliyah James was third (11.93) and Hannah Malone fourth (11.96) in the 100m dash.

o   Brooke Misukonis and Shannon Riley placed first and second in the pole vault with jumps of 3.75m and 3.45m.

o   Amirr Evans won the 800m run with a time of 2:10.

o   Maria Bangala finished second in the 400m run at 57.84.

o   Jenna Pauly and Meghan Fletcher placed second and third in the high jump with efforts of 1.71.

o   The team of McSwain, Bell, Campbell and Bangala won the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:53.

o   The team of Malone, James, McSwain and Hagans won the 4x100m relay with a time of 45.67.

About Murray State Athletics

Located in Murray, Kentucky, the athletics department of Murray State University is a NCAA Division I member and plays in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Racers have 15 programs including men’s teams for baseball, basketball, cross country, football and golf and women’s teams for basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball, as well as a mixed gender rifle team. Currently a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, the Racers will join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2022.

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