The Murray State track and field team was back in action, Friday, with most of the team competing at the Don DeNoon Invitational at Southern Illinois and others at the Rod McCravy Memorial at Kentucky for day one action.
Aubrey Main was the star of the day for the Racers at SIU as she won the high jump with a mark of 1.67m while also setting new Ohio Valley Conference top score in the pentathlon this season with a total of 3454 points. She came in third overall in the pentathlon which included a win in the 800m (2:28.20)
Ashlyn Oren and Jessikha Ribeiro also competed in the pentathlon for the first time this season, with Oren scoring 3216 points, which also beat the previous best OVC mark.
Two Racers set personal records in the weight throw with Destiny Carey throwing 15.32m and Rachel Gootee throwing 14.6141272m, both adding nearly a full meter to their previous best. For Gootee, it was the second straight meet she set a PR.
In the pole vault, Jessie Kinder finished third with a vault of 3.35m while Shannon Riley was fourth with a personal-best height of 3.25m.
With these results, the Racers currently sit atop the leaderboard with 44 points, one point ahead of SIU and four ahead of Ole Miss.
In Lexington, five Racers competed in the 200m in a field that included multiple runners from Ohio State and Kentucky among others. Tamdra Lawrence was the top MSU finisher, placing 10th with a time of 24.79. Rachel Hagans also set a PR, running a time of 25.37.
Brooke Misukonis continued her strong season in the pole vault with a personal-best 3.70m vault, the second-best mark in Murray State indoor history.
Overall, head coach Adam Kiesler was pleased with the way his team performed today.
“I am proud of the way our kids came out and competed today,” remarked Kiesler. “We have some work to do in some events while others, especially the pole vault and weight throw, did very well. It was good to see where we are in events like the pentathlon considering it was the first of the year. Tomorrow will be good to see where the rest of the team is heading into the home stretch of the indoor season.”
Both meets continue tomorrow with action resuming in Carbondale at 10 a.m. and noon at UK.


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