4x400m Relay Team Wins SEC Championship
ATHENS, Ga. - Competition has ceased, trophies have been awarded and another SEC Championship is in the books.
The highlight of the day for the Bulldogs came at the very end as the 4x400m relay team finished first to claim the SEC Championship. The four-man squad of James Harris, Daundre Barnaby, Randy Patterson and O'Neal Wilder posted a winning time of 3:07.65 to take top billing and garner 10 points for the Bulldogs.
"I am so proud of both teams," MSU head coach Steve Dudley said. "In every event we competed hard and left it all on the track. In the end we are walking away with SEC Championships in two events, so I could not be happier."
The Bulldogs entered the final day of competition with 11 points, and as action ceased on Sunday they had secured another 30 to give them 41 points to place ninth.
Marcus Jackson was the top individual finisher for the Bulldogs. The freshman jumped a personal best 7-1 ¾ to finish second and claim eight points for MSU.
Junior Ed Wesela closed the Bulldog field events with four points. The junior placed fifth in the discus with a personal best throw of 173-1.
The 4x100m relay team then added two points to the total as the foursome of Justin Christian, D'Angelo Cherry, Garren Hendricks and Harris raced a 40.81 to finish seventh. After anchoring the 4x100m relay team, Harris then went on to run a personal best 46.19 in the 400m dash to give MSU six more points.
Arkansas scored 157.5 points to claim the men's team title, while Florida finished second with 140 points and Georgia scored 99 points for third.
The Lady Bulldogs began their day with 19 points and by day's end had brought their total to 34, securing a 10th place finish, one spot higher than their 2010 finish.
Fresh off her SEC Championship in the long jump, Rochelle Farquharson scored the first points of the day for the Lady Bulldogs. The freshman finished seventh in the triple jump (41-0 ¼), earning two points.
Farquharson's sister Racquel and teammates Richesa McCaleb, Taneisha Baker and Jody-Ann Muir contributed two more points to MSU's efforts with their seventh place finish in the 4x100m relay (45.01). Those were not the only points that Muir would provide. The sophomore also garnered one point for her eighth place finish in the 400m dash (54.01).
Hurdlers Keisha Wallace and Talisha Lee added seven points to the Lady Bulldog total as Wallace finished fifth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.41 and Lee was sixth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 59.80.
In the last individual event of the day, Haley Greenwell scored two points for the Maroon and White women as the sophomore ran 16:45.96 to finish seventh in the 5000m run.
The Lady Bulldogs posted one final point in their last event of the day, as the 4x400m relay squad of Baker, Muir, Brittany Covington and Racquel Farquharson finished eighth with a time of 3:39.18.
LSU took the women's team crown with 146 points, while Florida was runner-up with 116, followed by Arkansas in third with 107.
"The point totals do not do our teams justice," Dudley stated. "Our athletes scratched and clawed for everything. They have battled injuries and not once did they fold or complain. Instead they rose to the challenge before them, and I am proud of their efforts. Now we just have to stay focused as we head into the NCAAs."
MSU competes again May 26-28 in the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Outdoor Championships hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington.