MSU Women 6th, Men 8th at SEC CC Championship

COLUMBIA, S.C. - "The Mississippi State University cross country teams competed at the 2005 Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning. Behind a 152-point total, the Lady Bulldogs finished sixth, while the Bulldogs were eighth. The event was held at Hilton Field at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

"I am real pleased with our performance," said women's head coach Al Schmidt. "Zita's performance was phenomenal. She ran among the nation's best today and is now among the elite. Having three freshmen in our top five was great. They came through for us. Joy (Griffith) ran well. With the current freshmen returning next season, Jennifer (McPherson) coming back and another solid recruiting class, the future looks bright."

With her 10th-place finish, senior Zita Magloire became just the fourth Lady Bulldog to finish in the top 10 at the conference meet. She was preceded by April Ecke, Tiffany McWilliams and Meggan Hodge. Magloire ran the 6K course in 20 minutes, 14.10 seconds to garner her first all-Southeastern Conference honor.

"It was an excellent day for Mississippi State," Magloire said. "Everything finally came together for our team."

In her first conference championship, freshman Michelle Corrigan finished 26th in 21:04.58. Junior Joy Griffith placed 34th with a time of 21:24.53. The second freshman to score for MState was Brittany Detzel. Detzel crossed the line in 21:27.74 to take 38th. The last scorer for the Maroon and White was freshman Nicole Rosetti (21:54.85, 54th).

Freshman Abbey O'Connell was 61st (22:12.97), while sophomore Liz Grube rounded out the competitors for MSU. Grube finished 89th (23:23.92).

Tennessee won its third consecutive conference championship. The Lady Vols accumulated 48 points to edge out Arkansas (51). Georgia, Kentucky and Florida closed out the top five teams. Auburn's Angela Homan defended her individual title with a time of 19:40.00.

On the men's side, the Bulldogs improved from their ninth-place finish a year ago by taking eighth this season. Junior Travis McKay was MSU's top finisher, placing 28th in 24:18.06 on the 8K course. Wade Martin finished 38th in 24:37.08, while Brandon Smith was 48th (24:57.81). Sophomore John Brigham ran 25:11.93 to take 57th and Ryan Irwin and Phillip Moore were 63rd and 64th, respectively.

"An eighth-place finish is not what we want or expect considering the amount of work we've put in," said men's head coach Steve Dudley. "Any time you run at conference, regional or nationals, you want more teams behind you instead of in front of you. We now want to improve on our finish at regionals. We have a tough region and conference. Travis (McKay) ran the smartest and hardest race he'd had all season. He ran well."

As a team, State tallied 212 points. Arkansas won its 15th consecutive SEC title with 23 points, while the Alabama Crimson Tide was second (73). Florida (87), Tennessee (93) and Auburn (156) rounded out the top five. Georgia took sixth (158). LSU (199) finished one spot ahead of MSU in seventh. Josphat Boit won his second individual title with a time of 22:59.10.

Both squads return to action on Nov.12 at the NCAA South Regional in Gainesville, Fla.

Saturday, October 25, 2005, Hilton Field at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

1. Tennessee, 48; 2. Arkansas, 51; 3. Georgia, 87; 4. Kentucky 116; 5. Florida, 137; 6. Mississippi State, 152; 7. Vanderbilt, 161; 8. Alabama, 190; 9. Auburn, 241; 10. LSU, 288; 11. South Carolina, 311; 12. Mississippi, 359

10. Zita Magloire, SR, 20:14.10; 26. Michelle Corrigan, FR, 21:04.58; 34. Joy Griffith, JR, 21:24.53; 38. Brittany Detzel, FR, 21:27.74; 54. Nicole Rosetti, FR, 21:54.85; 61. Abbey O'Connell, FR, 22:12.97; 89. Liz Grube, SO, 23:23.92

1. Arkansas, 23; 2. Alabama, 73; 3. Florida, 87; 4. Tennessee, 93; 5. Auburn, 156; 6. Georgia, 158; 7. LSU, 199; 8. Mississippi State, 212; 9. Kentucky, 226; 10. Mississippi, 297; 11. Vanderbilt, 325

28. Travis McKay, JR, 24:18.06; 38. Wade Martin, JR, 24:37.08; 48. Brandon Smith, JR, 24:57.81; 57. John Brigham, SO, 25:11.93; 63. Ryan Irwin, JR, 25:34.87; 64. Phillip Moore, JR, 25:37.79; 69. Pad Judd, SO, 25:47.64; 87. Zach Greene, FR, 26:44.46; 92. Matt Martin, SR, 27:54.52; 95. Ryan Looney, SO, 30:07.76

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