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Lady Racers race big at home, St. Louis

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Murray State's women's track and field squad hosted the Margaret Simmons Invitational on Saturday at Roy Stewart Stadium in Murray and sent a small contingent of distance runners to St. Louis for the Washington University Invitational.

MSU's Tamdra Lawrence won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.15 seconds, ahead of teammate Daijah White at 12.65. MSU's Anna Curlin was first in the 200-meter run with a time of 26.09.

MSU's Norman Abdur-Rafia took the 400 meter dash with a personal best of 56.59. MSU's Hilary McAdam was second at 57.93. MSU's Tia Weston won the 800-meter run at 2:22, while Aubrey Main was second at 2:30. Ida Mutai was second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:05. MSU's Jocelyn Payne won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04, ahead of Taylor Adcock at 1:08.

MSU's Hope Tewes won the high jump with a leap of 1.58 meters and the triple jump in 10.03 meters, Main was second in the high jump at 1.55. Chleo LeGrand won the pole vault with an effort of 3.25 meters.

In the long jump, MSU's Taylor McCammon set the meet record with 5.56 meters. Austin Peay's Chancis Jones set the previous mark of 5.76 in 2014. MSU's Jabreuna Brimlett was second at 5.41, Yasmine Homa was third at 4.92.

MSU's Jewel Wagner was tops in the shot put at 13.06 meters, while Destiny Carey was second at 11.44.

Wagner was also fourth in the hammer throw at 42.5 meters. In the discus throw, Carey was the winner at 34.68 meters. Kristen Higgins was second in the javelin at 28.6 meters.

The Racers' 4x400 meter relay team ran a 3:55, which is second all-time at MSU, and it also broke the Simmons Invitational record that was set by the Racers in 2013. MSU's second team also broke the meet record and posted a time that is third best at MSU at 3:56.

At the Washington University event, the Racers competed at Francis Field. Ali Hester was fifth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:18 and put her name third on the all-time best list with the Racers. Her time was behind only Vallery Korir's 16:59 from 2015 and Katelyn Jones' 16:57 from 2009. MSU's Mason Swenson placed 29th with a time of 18:04 and Rebekah Priddy was 36th at 18:22.

In the 10,000-meter run, Meagan Smith placed sixth with a time that is third all-time at MSU at 36:37. Only Korir (34:27 in 2016) and Teresa Colby (36:30 in 1985) had better times. Emily Flaherty placed 16th at 37:46 and is eighth on the MSU all-time list.

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