McWilliams wins 3rd National Championship

AUSTIN, Texas. - ­ Mississippi State University's Tiffany McWilliams won her third national championship with a win in the 1500m run at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. She defended her 2003 title with a 4:11.59 performance, breaking the Mike A. Myers Stadium record she set on Thursday.

Trey Hardee broke the MSU decathlon record with his runner-up performance at the championships. He earned 8,041 points breaking the record set by Lee Palles in 1978 with 7,935 points. Hardee finished 130 points behind Rice's Ryan Harlan with 8,171 points.

"We ran great today," said head coach Al Schmidt. "Seven all-Americans, what can you say? That is a great meet for the athletes. The 4x400m team ran outstanding, and Tiffany won her third national championship. What better day can you have? Trey had an amazing competition. The heat was 90 some odd degrees out here, and he handled it well."

The Bulldogs finished the season tied for 20th with 15 points, and the Lady Bulldogs finished tied for 22nd with 10 points.

Hardee scored 955 points in his first event of the second day with a wind-aided time of 14.15 in the 110m hurdles, setting a new career best. Taking third overall, he recorded another personal best with a 146-10 in the discus, scoring 762 points.

He cleared a height of 16-0 3/4 in the pole vault and scored 880 points, finishing in fifth. In the javelin, he threw a 167-1 for 602 points. In his final event, Hardee ran the 1500m in 4:45.86, scoring 644 points.

MSU's Jamel Ashley, Arthur Davis, Keston Nelson and LaChristopher Lewis took third in the 4x400m relay in 3:03.57, scoring six points for the squad. Ashley scored a point for the Bulldogs finishing eighth in the 400m dash with a 45.63 showing.

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