News from MSU Media Relations--April 1

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Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University senior Zita Magloire (Tallahassee, Fla.) won the 800- and 1500-meter runs at the MSU-hosted Bulldog Invitational and two other Lady Bulldogs met NCAA qualifying marks in their respective events on Saturday at W.O. Spencer Stadium/Carl Maddox Track.

"It was a great day," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "Zita (Magloire) had a great day. It was great to see Marrissa (Harris) qualify for regionals. We scored a lot of points on both sides and won pretty big."

Magloire ran the 800-meter run in a 2 minutes, 10.83 seconds and posted a personal-best time of 4:34.30 in the 1500-meter run. Freshman Marrissa Harris (Memphis, Tenn.) qualified for June's NCAA Mideast Regional in the 100-meter hurdles. In a second-place finish, Harris ran a personal-best 13.92, the fourth-best time in school history. In the women's shot put, junior Nicola Wilson (Trenton, N.J.) set her third regional mark of the season. Wilson finished third with a throw of 47 feet, seven-and-three-quarters inches.

Behind Magloire in the 1500-meter run, junior Liz Grube (Sherwood, Wis.) crossed the tape in 4:37.56. Teammate sophomore Annie Falor (Flagstaff, Ariz.) was fourth (4:41.87). In the 800, sophomore Andrea Wahlin (Cold Spring, Minn) posted a second-place finish, running a personal-best 2:14.20. Freshman Abbey Graham (Pontotoc, Miss.) also ran a personal best (2:21.18).

In the 3000-meter run, the Lady Bulldogs had four athletes finish in the top 10, two in the top five. Junior Joy Griffith (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) took second in 10:13.11, while senior Meggan Hodge (Beaumont, Alberta) was third (10:16.14). Junior Mina Thorstenson (Okauchee, Wis.) and freshman Michelle Corrigan (Green Bay, Wis.) were sixth (10:21.11) and seventh (10:29.22), respectively.

In the 4x100-meter relay, a quartet of freshmen -- Harris, Antrese Banks (Gloster, Miss.), Gabrielle Dillon (Liberty, Miss.) and Janelle Finley (Mobile, Ala.) finished third, running 46.66. In the 4x400-meter relay, Banks, sophomore Dominique Rogers (Lafayette, La.), junior Jen McPherson (Nampa, Idaho) and Magloire combined to run 3:52.98 and take fourth. Banks also competed in the 400-meter dash, running a personal-best 56.65.

Women's high jump action saw senior Jasmine Walls (Picayune, Miss.) tie her personal best in the event, taking second overall with a leap of 5-07. Freshman Dot Youmans (Poplarville, Miss.) also tied her personal best in the event (5-03).

Emily Sanders (Woodstock, Ga.) broke her freshman record in the hammer throw with a mark of 172-01, the third-best time in school history. Junior Christina Hernandez (Asheville, N.C.) set a personal record in the event, throwing 144-09. Hernandez also took second in the discus (152-04), while Wilson was eighth (138-01).

In other field events, sophomore Alexandra Rozefort (Montreal, Quebec) competed in the triple jump and long jump. In the triple, Rozefort leaped 39-07 to finish third, while she was ninth in the long jump (17-09). Finley finished fifth in the triple jump with a personal-best jump of 38-00 ¾ and sixth in the long (18-02 ¼). Harris took third in the long jump with a leap of 18-06, while Lauren Johnson (Scottsboro, Ala.) saw her first action of the outdoor season, finishing fifth (18-03 ¼).

As a team, the Lady Bulldogs scored 165 points, finishing ahead of Louisiana Tech, who scored 127. Memphis (87), Missouri State (94), Southern Mississippi (61), Alabama (8), Alabama-Huntsville (5) and Alcorn State (4) closed out the teams on the women's side.

Mississippi State returns to action next week, Apr. 5-8 at the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State University men's outdoor track and field squad hosted the Bulldog Invitational on Saturday at the W.O. Spencer Stadium/Carl Maddox Track. The Bulldogs won seven individual events and one relay and set five NCAA regional qualifying marks.

"It was a good win," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "The men's 4x1 qualified for regionals, and we had two individuals qualify in the 400-meter dash. We scored a lot of points and won pretty big."

Sophomore all-American Chris Woods (Atlanta, Ga.) ran 1 minute, 48.90 in the men's 800-meter run, besting the next competitor by three seconds. Woods' time is a personal best and ranks fifth on the MSU all-time superlatives list in the event.

In the 400-meter dash, junior transfers Bruce Davis (Phenix City, Ala.) and Ezra Jones (Wildwood, Fla.) qualified for June's NCAA Mideast Regional. Each ran personal bests with Jones taking the meet title in 46.99. Davis was third in 47.24. Junior all-American Arthur Davis (Mobile, Ala.) finished fourth, barely missing the regional mark with a time of 47.37.

Jones and B. Davis also ran the 200-meter dash. Jones finished eighth (21.95), while Davis was 10th (22.08). Junior Eliott Morant (Kansas City, Mo.) also ran the race, taking 12th in 22.27. Morant clocked 10.85 in the 100-meter dash finals. Also in the 100, sophomore Adian Sanderson (Ewing, N.J.) ran 10.80.

In the 4x100-meter relay, freshman Adian Sanderson (Ewing, N.J.), sophomore all-American Elzie Coleman (Newburgh, N.Y.), A. Davis and Morant combined to win the event in a regional-qualifying 40.54. B.Davis, Woods, junior transfer Nathan Daniels (New Iberia, La.) and Jones recorded a regional mark in the 4x400-meter relay, running 3:08.59.

State's distance corps dominated the 3000-meter run field. Junior Travis McKay (Edmonton, Alberta) won running 8:26.51, a new Spencer Stadium/Maddox Track record and personal best. Senior Gedamu Ege (Atlanta, Ga.), sophomore John Brigham (Mobile, Ala.), redshirt freshman Pad Judd (Cushing, Wis.) and junior Wade Martin (Cullman, Ala.) all finished in the top 10.

In the 1500-meter run, junior Phillip Moore (Hoover, Ala.) won the race, running a personal-best 3:57.23. McKay finished fifth (4:05.01). Sophomore Tim Williams (Pensacola, Fla.) won the high jump with a clearing of 6-08 ¾. Freshman Allen Cassell (Port Gibson, Miss.) finished in a tie for third (6-04 ¾).

Sophomore Isaiah Marshall (Detroit, Mich.) ran a personal best in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking 56.46. In the pole vault, sophomore Joseph Queen (Jackson, Miss.) cleared 14-06 to take the meet title.

Junior Jerald Wilson (Port Gibson, Miss.) saw action in the long and triple jumps. In the long jump, Wilson leaped 21-01 ½ to finish sixth, while he took fifth in the triple (45-04 ¼). Wilson also ran a personal-best 11.00 in the 100-meter dash. Teammate redshirt freshman Keith Hewlett (Detroit, Mich.) finished second in the long jump (23-00 ½).

In the discus throw, freshman Daniel Zabaldano (Brandon, Miss.) took sixth (145-09). The javelin throw saw two MState athletes compete. Freshman Darryl Brady (Vancleave, Miss.) finished third (144-03) and Zabaldano was fourth (143-03).

As a team, the Bulldog beat out Louisiana Tech by scoring 147 points compared to La. Tech's 105. Southern Miss placed third (99), Missouri State (91) was fourth, Memphis (78) was fifth and Alabama-Huntsville (18).

Mississippi State returns to action next week, Apr. 5-8 at the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin.

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