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Bears to Watch

Bears to Watch

Meet some outstanding Missouri State athletes.

Holly Pattie BelleliHolly Pattie-Belleli

Track and Field — Senior — Essex, England

It was quite a year on the track for Pattie-Belleli. She claimed All-MVC honors in three different events: 100-meter hurdles, 4×100-meter relay and 4×400-meter relay (indoor and outdoor). The 4×100-meter relay quartet qualified for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, where the group finished 21st among Division I programs that competed in the event. During the summer, Pattie-Belleli won the British under-23 title in the 110-meter hurdles.

Stine PettersenStine Pettersen

Women’s Golf — Junior — Moss, Norway

Pettersen has nearly rewritten the school record book for women’s golf in her first two seasons at Missouri State. Pettersen, the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year and a two-time all-conference performer, shattered the MSU 18- and 54-hole scoring marks when she shot 65 in the second round of the Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Missouri, and posted 212 for 54 holes, another school mark.

Madison JonesMadison Jones

Softball — Junior — Overland Park, Kansas

After competing in all 52 games as a sophomore, Jones looks to lead the softball team in the 2017 season. Returning to the diamond, the everyday second baseman carried a .295 batting average and was a perfect five-for-five in stolen base attempts. She is a Missouri Valley Conference first-team member who racked up 43 hits, including four doubles and three triples while carrying a .968 fielding percentage.

Aaron MeyerAaron Meyer

Baseball — Senior — Millstadt, Illinois

Meyer emerged as one of the Bears’ top offensive threats last spring, hitting a career-best .315 as MSU’s primary second baseman. He logged a 20-game hit streak — the longest for any Missouri Valley Conference player in 2016 — and led the Bears with 17 doubles, which ranked seventh overall in the MVC. This past summer, Meyer was tabbed the Prospect League’s Mike Schmidt Player of the Year after posting a league-record .423 batting mark.