TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Despite the rainy conditions over the Sam Bailey Track Complex, Mississippi State's track and field squads concluded action at the Alabama Relays on Sunday afternoon. Minus the majority of field events scheduled, relay finals were held. Behind a win in the 4x400-meter relay, the MSU men's squad scored 57 points, finishing second behind host Alabama (58). The Lady Bulldogs won the 4x800-meter and distance medley relays to take fourth with a team total of 38 points.
"The women's 4x800-meter relay ran a tremendous time considering the weather," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "The women's distance medley relay ran in a downpour. We didn't run the shuttle hurdle on the women's side because of the weather. It was a good day. We battled down to the wire with Alabama (on the men's side). The sprint guys ran well."
In men's relay action, junior transfer Nathan Daniels (New Iberia, La.) ran the opening leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay before handing off the baton to freshman Pierre Allen (Water Valley, Miss.). Junior transfers Bruce Davis (Phenix City, Ala.) and Ezra Jones (Wildwood, Fla.) ran the final two laps for State. The squad ran 3 minutes, 16.92 seconds.
Junior Eliott Morant (Kansas City, Mo.), sophomore all-American Elzie Coleman (Newburgh, N.Y.) and junior all-American Arthur Davis (Mobile, Ala.) combined to run the first three legs, respectively, of the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relays. In each event, the Bulldogs placed second with Daniels anchoring the 4x1 (41.23) and Bruce Davis running the final leg of the 4x2 (1:24.72).
Coleman and Davis ran the opening two legs of the sprint medley relay and Jones and sophomore all-American Chris Woods (Atlanta, Ga.) ran the final two to lead MSU to a second-place finish in 3:20.31.
In the 4x800-meter relay, freshman Ty Williams (Panama City, Fla.), freshman Isaiah Marshall (Detroit, Mich.), junior Phillip Moore (Birmingham, Ala.) and junior Travis McKay (Edmonton, Alberta) ran 7:52.16 in a third-place finish. Senior Gedamu Ege (Atlanta, Ga.), sophomore John Brigham (Mobile, Ala.), freshman Zach Greene (Milton, Fla.) and Moore finished fourth in the 4x1500-meter relay (16:41.34).
McKay, Jones, Woods and junior Wade Martin (Cullman, Ala.) recorded a time of 10:25.53 to finish fourth in the distance medley relay. In the menâ€™s 110-meter shuttle hurdle relay, State lead off with Morant and finished with sophomore Joseph Queen (Jackson, Miss.) to take third in 1:09.71.
In team scoring, only finishes from relay finals were calculated. Alabama won the menâ€™s side with 58 points, while the Bulldogs took second with 57. Drake (35), Alabama-Huntsville (26), Chattanooga (18), Middle Tennessee State (18), Southern Miss (17), Winthrop (14), University of the South-Sewanee (10) and Berry (10) closed out the top 10 teams. Conference rival Vanderbilt finished 13th with three points.
In the women's 4x800-meter relay, junior Jen McPherson (Nampa, Idaho), sophomore Andrea Wahlin (Cold Spring, Minn.), junior Liz Grube (Sherwood, Wis.) and senior Zita Magloire (Tallahassee, Fla.) combined to run 8:59.30 and win the event. Clocking 11:49.39, McPherson, freshman Antrese Banks (Gloster, Miss.), Wahlin and Magloire also won the distance medley relay and recorded the second-best time in school history.
Sophomore Dominique Rogers (Lafayette, La.), freshman Marrissa Harris (Memphis, Tenn.), McPherson and freshman Dot Youmans (Poplarville, Miss.) took fourth in the 4x400-meter relay, crossing the line in 4:03.02. In the 4x1500-meter run, sophomore Annie Falor (Flagstaff, Ariz.), senior Meggan Hodge (Beaumont, Alberta), junior Mina Thorstenson (Okauchee, Wis.) and freshman Michelle Corrigan (Green Bay, Wis.) placed third by running 19:20.99.
Freshman Gabrielle Dillon (Liberty, Miss.), Banks, Rogers and freshman Abbey Graham (Pontotoc, Miss.) ran 4:13.98 to finish fifth in the sprint medley relay, while Dillon, Banks, Harris and sophomore Angelica Phillips (Coldwater, Miss.) took sixth in the 4x100-meter relay (47.36).
Western Michigan (55) took the women's title, followed by UAB (54), Alabama-Huntsville (46), MSU (38) and USM (36). Drake (31), Bevill State Community College (20), Chattanooga (18), Alabama (13) and Northwest Missouri State (11) rounded out the top 10 teams. Vanderbilt scored nine points in a 12th-place finish.
MSU returns to action on Saturday, March 25 at the LSU Relays, hosted by Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.