News from MSU Media Relations--March 25

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Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University's track and field squads closed out competition at the LSU Tiger Relays on Saturday afternoon with wins in the men's and women's distance medley relays, the men's high jump, the women's 1500-meter run and women's shot put.

"We dominated women's middle distance and distance events at this meet," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "The women's distance medley relay ran 11:36, and that's big time. The men also won the DMR. Our men's 4x2 was second to LSU. Our male sprinters held their own against LSU this weekend. Liz (Grube) won the 1500, Annie (Falor) was second and Nicola (Wilson) won the shot. It was a great weekend and good day."

Junior Jen McPherson (Nampa, Idaho) led off the distance medley relay. Freshman Antrese Banks (Gloster, Miss.), sophomore Andrea Wahlin (Cold Spring, Minn.) and senior Zita Magloire (Tallahassee, Fla.) followed to give MSU the win in 11 minutes, 36.86 seconds and the second-best time in school history. The men's distance medley relay team of junior Wade Martin (Cullman, Ala.), Bruce Davis (Phenix City, Ala.), Ryan Irwin (Ballwin, Mo.) and John Brigham (Mobile, Ala.) ran 10:09.13 to win the meet title.

In the women's 1500-meter run, junior Liz Grube (Sherwood, Wis.) and Annie Falor (Flagstaff, Ariz.) each ran personal bests with Grube running 4:36.53 to win the meet title and Falor (4:39.08) crossing the line in second-place. Junior Nicola Wilson (Trenton, N.J.) won the shot put title with a throw of 49 feet, 10-and-one half inches.

Sophomore Tim Williams (Pensacola, Fla.) cleared 6-08 ¾ to win the men's high jump title. A pair of freshmen also competed in the event for the Bulldogs. Allen Cassell (Port Gibson, Miss.) and Darry Brady (Vancleave, Miss.) leaped 6-04 ¾ and 6-02 ¾, respectively.

State's 4x200-meter relay team of junior Eliott Morant (Kansas City, Mo.), sophomore all-American Elzie Coleman (Newburgh, N.Y.), junior all-American Arthur Davis (Mobile, Ala.) and junior Ezra Jones (Wildwood, Fla.) placed second, running 1:25.18. In the 4x400-meter relay, B. Davis, Coleman, Jones and sophomore all-American Chris Woods (Atlanta, Ga.) ran a regional-qualifying 3:08.15.

Sophomore Alexandra Rozefort (Montreal, Quebec) set a personal best and moved up to fourth on the MSU all-time superlatives list in the women's triple jump, leaping 39-09 ¾. Teammate Janelle Finley, a freshman from Mobile, Ala. was fifth (39-01 ¾). Junior Christina Hernandez (Asheville, N.C.) set a personal best in the shot, finishing fifth with a 43-10 ½ mark. Freshman Emily Sanders (Woodstock, Ga.) did the same, taking eighth (40-07 ½).

Freshman Marrissa Harris (Memphis, Tenn.) finished second in the women's 100-meter hurdles finals, running 14.12. In the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Dominique Rogers (Lafayette, La.) placed fifth with a season-best time of 1:06.21. Senior Jasmine Walls (Picayune, Miss.) leaped 5-04 ¼ to finish in a tie for third in the high jump, while teammate and freshman Dot Youmans (Poplarville, Miss.) was ninth (5-02 ½).

In other men's action, senior Gedamu Ege (Atlanta, Ga.) ran 4:21.72 to finish fifth in the mile run. Jerald Wilson, a junior from Port Gibson, Miss. placed third in the triple jump (47-04 ½).

Up next for both MSU squads is the Bulldog Invitational at W.O. Spencer Stadium/Carl Maddox Track on the Mississippi State campus. High school action begins Friday at noon and collegiate action begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Admission is free of charge to all MSU home track meets.

Women's Golf
ATHENS, Ga. - The Mississippi State women's golf team dropped one spot to 13th after second round action at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs fired a 325 on the par 72 UGA Golf Course.

Junior Amanda Mathis paced State for the second straight day, shooting a 77 and stands in a tie for 18th. Senior Stephanie Godare duplicated her first round 80 Saturday, and sits in a tie for 49th. Julia Huh has a two round score of 165 after a second round 83, while Ashleigh Korzack is in a tie for 79th, two shots back. Freshman Leigh Phillips fired an 87 on day two to round out scoring for Mississippi State.

Host Georgia moved to the top of the leaderboard, shooting a field-best 302 in the second round. UGA has a five-stroke lead over second-place team Wake Forest heading into tomorrow¹s final round. Auburn¹s Nicole Hage, Vanderbilt¹s Chris Brandi and Washington¹s Amber Prange stand at the top of the leaderboard at four over par.

Tomorrow's final round action will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CT at the UGA Golf Course.

Women's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's tennis team will close out their Southeastern Conference weekend hosting 12th-ranked Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. on the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre courts.

The Lady Bulldogs suffered a 7-0 setback on Friday against 29th-ranked Kentucky. The match featured two three-set matches at court one and three respectively. State fell to 3-9 overall and 1-4 in league play. The Commodores moved to 5-0 in the conference with a 4-3 win over Mississippi in Oxford on Friday.

Before Friday's 4-3 win against Mississippi, Vanderbilt knocked off then No. 11 Texas, the 2006 National Team Indoor runner-up on March 17. The Commodores are led by junior Amanda Fish, ranked 20th in the country, joining her in the national rankings are sophomores Taka Bertrand and Amanda Taylor, ranked 40th and 75th respectively. The Black and Gold bring the best over all record in the league to the A.J. Pitts Tennis Center at 14-2 and are tied atop the Eastern Division standings with Florida.

MState and Commodores will be meeting for the 26th time with the VU holding an 18-7 margin in the series with the last MState win over VU coming in 1991.

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