News from MSU Media Relations--March 4

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...

Men's Track & Field
TALLAHASSEE - The Mississippi State University men's outdoor track and field squad closed out competition at the FSU Snowbird on Saturday with one individual and one relay team meeting NCAA regional qualifying marks and three wins.

"Those two regional marks were worth the trip here," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "It was a good day for us. Allen (Cassell) and Darryl (Brady) did well. We're happy with the performances."

Sophomore Tim Williams (Pensacola, Fla.) cleared 6 feet, 10-and-three-fourths inches to win the high jump title. MSU's 4x400-meter relay squad of junior transfer Ezra Jones (Wildwood, Fla.) junior all-American Arthur Davis (Mobile, Ala.), sophomore all-American Elzie Coleman (Newburgh, N.Y.) and junior transfer Bruce Davis (Phenix City, Ala.) ran 3 minutes, 9.37 seconds to win the event.

In his first collegiate race, freshman Ty Williams (Panama City, Fla.) won the meet's 800-meter run title, running 1:54.89. Sophomore all-American Chris Woods (Atlanta, Ga.) placed third in the 400-meter dash, running 48.18. Fellow sophomore Isaiah Marshall (Detroit, Mich.) ran 49.85.

In addition to Williams' win the high jump, freshman Allen Cassell (Port Gibson, Miss.) cleared 6-06 to finish in a tie for second. Freshman Darryl Brady (Vancleave, Miss.) finished fifth with a leap of 6-06, as well.

In the triple jump, junior Jerald Wilson (Port Gibson, Miss.) took second, jumping 46-05 1/4. State sophomore Joseph Queen (Jackson, Miss.) placed seventh in the pole vault with a leap of 14-01 1/4.

Sophomore Adian Sanderson (Ewing, N.J.) ran 10.72 to finish seventh in the 100-meter dash finals, while junior Eliott Morant (Kansas City, Mo.) clocked 11.04 and freshman Pierre Allen (Water Valley, Miss) ran 11.27.

Following a week off, the Bulldogs return to action March 16-19 at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Women's Golf
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Mississippi State women's golf team fired a 204 for the second consecutive day on Saturday and stands in sixth place after two rounds of play at the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic. The tournament is being played at the par 72, 6338-yard University Club.

Amanda Mathis led the Lady Bulldogs in the second round, shooting a 1-over, 73 moving into a tie for 12th place in the individual race. Senior Stephanie Godare fired her second 75 of the tournament and is tied for 24th place. Ashleigh Korzack is in a tie for 19th after shooting a 75 on Saturday. Emily Parker shot an 81 in the second round and is in a tie for 70th. Sophomore Julia Huh was forced to withdrawl due to an injury before the second round started and is disqualified from the individual competition.

"I am so proud of this team today, fighting so hard, knowing that we only had four players out there," said MSU head coach Christi Sanders. "I had to withdraw Julia before the round started due to a severe crick in her neck. We will not know until tomorrow morning if she will be able to play in the final round."

Auburn took over the team lead after shooting a 289 on Saturday. In the individual competition, LSU's Melissa Eaton is 5-under par and leads by four strokes over Vanderbilt's Jacqui Concolino.

Final round action will begin Sunday at 8:20 a.m. CT.

Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's golf team returns to competition on Sunday, March 5, taking part in the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Fla. The 54-hole event will continue through Tuesday, March 7.

The Bulldogs are coming off a seventh-place finish at the University of Central Florida/Rio Pinar Intercollegiate back on Feb. 14. MSU head coach Clay Homan's squad fired rounds of 294 and 290 on the final day to move in to the seventh spot on the leaderboard.

MSU is making its 21st appearance in the Florida State University-hosted event. The Bulldogs have placed second in the event during the 1998 and 2000 seasons.

The Maroon and White's five-man line up will consist of Matt Fast, Noah Goldman, Josh Oller, Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Logan Young. Oller led the squad at the spring opener with a 13th-place finish, while Sainz, Jr. paces the team in scoring with a 73.11 average. Fast and Young will make their spring debuts this week.

Golden Eagle Country Club is a Tom Fazio designed course that spans over 6,965 yards in length and plays to a par 72.

Sunday's opening round will begin at 8 a.m. CT.

Women's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's season-long five-match homestand comes to a conclusion on Sunday as the Lady Bulldog netters welcome fourth-ranked Florida to the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre for a 1 p.m. dual match.

MSU is coming off a 6-1 loss to the 24th-ranked Gamecocks of South Carolina on Friday. State senior Anastasia Kugakolova notched the squad's lone win in singles competition by knocking off No. 46 Gira Schofield of South Carolina for her 62nd career win as a Lady Bulldog netter. She is now tied for seventh on the school's career singles wins list.

The fourth-ranked Gators bring an overall record of 7-1 in to the contest after topping the Lady Rebels of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. on Friday. UF hold a 25-0 all-time record against Mississippi State, including a 13-0 mark in matches competed in Starkville. Last season, MSU fell 6-1 to the Gators in Gainesville.

MSU hits the road next weekend touring the state of Alabama, facing Auburn on Friday, March 10 and Alabama on Sunday, March 12. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

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