GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Mississippi State University junior Nicola Wilson broke the school record en route to a fifth-place finish in the shot put on day two of the 2006 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Wilson's throw of 49 feet, one and three-quarter inches was a half-inch shy of provisionally qualifying the Trenton, N.J. native for the NCAA Championships and scored four points for MSU. State senior Jen McPherson qualified for Sunday's mile run final with a preliminary time of 4:51.20.
"We've got the distance medley relay, mile and high jump finals tomorrow," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "There are some big points still out there. Annie (Falor) ran great, so we're happy with that. There's some disappointment with Zita (Magloire), but she's had a great senior season so far. She'll be anchoring the DMR tomorrow, so she has another chance to put a stamp on this season. Hopefully, we'll do better tomorrow."
Sophomore Annie Falor finished the 3000-meter run in 10:01.46, a personal best for the Flagstaff, Ariz. native. Teammate senior Zita Magloire failed to finish the race. Junior Liz Grube ran a personal best 5:00.72 in the mile, while sophomore Andrea Wahlin ran 2:15.21 in the 800-meter run to set a new personal record.
In the 55-meter dash preliminaries, freshman Gabrielle Dillon ran 7.06 (7.58 converted to 60-meter time) to finish 15th. The converted time places Dillon four-hundredths-of-a-second off fifth-place on the MSU all-time superlatives list in the 60-meter dash.
In field events, freshman Janelle Finley leaped 18-07 ¼ to finish 12th in the long jump. The mark is tied for the fifth-best in the event in school history.
After two days of competition, the Lady Bulldogs sit in 11th place with four points.
Women's action resumes Sunday morning at 9 a.m. CT. at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the University of Florida campus.
BOSTON - Former Mississippi State track and field all-American Tiffany McWilliams ran 4 minutes, 9.17 seconds to finish second in the 1500-meter run at the 2006 AT&T USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The top two competitors in each event advance to the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, March 10-12, in Moscow, Russia.
"It'll be a great experience for her when she gets to Russia," said McWilliams' coach, Al Schmidt. "She did a great job."
Treniere Clement won the national title with a time of 4:08.13. Jenelle Deatherage, Mary Jane Harrelson and Christin Wurth closed out the top five competitors.