Nicola Wilson Climbs Atop Shot Put List

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Mississippi State University women's indoor track and field squad closed out the Bayou Bengal Invitational on Friday evening with four individual wins. Junior thrower Nicola Wilson took top billing in the shot put with a new MSU school record of 48-00 ¾.

After making her way onto the all-time superlatives list in the 20-lb. weight throw last weekend, freshman Emily Sanders followed with a season-best 51-05 ½ to win the Bayou Bengal title. Junior Christina Hernandez also threw a season-best 47-09 ¾ to finish fourth.

Behind the junior duo of Mina Thorstenson (5:06.77) and Liz Grube (5:08.09), the Lady Bulldogs went 1-2 in the mile run, respectively. In the 3000-meter run, State sophomore Annie Falor ran 10:16.19 to cross the finish line as the top collegiate competitor (second overall), while junior Joy Griffith placed seventh in 10:31.79.

Freshman Dot Youmans cleared 5-06 to take the high jump and post the fourth-best time in school history in the event. Senior Jasmine Walls finished tied for fourth (5-04 ½).

In the shot put, three Lady Bulldogs, including Wilson, finished in the top 10. Throwing the fifth-best time in school history, Hernandez posted a personal-best 43-03 to finish fourth, while Sanders was eighth (40-04 ¼).

In track events, freshman Gabrielle Dillion improved on her time in the 60-meter dash, running 7.70 in the preliminaries. Dillion finished 12th in the event finals, running 7.71.

In the pole vault, sophomore Natalie Neely matched her personal best with a clearing of 10-04. Senior Lauren Johnson recorded a season-best 18-01 in the long jump to finish eighth. Also in the long jump, sophomore Alexandra Rozefort leaped 17-08 ¾ to set a new personal record in the event.

State sophomore Andrea Wahlin finished second in the 800-meter run (2:17.96). Running the sixth-best qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Marrissa Harris advanced to finish fifth in the finals by running 8.96.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action Feb. 10-11 at the Powered by Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.


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