News from MSU Media Relations--April 6

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

Track & Field
AUSTIN, Texas. - The Mississippi State University women's 4x800-meter relay team of junior Jen McPherson (Nampa, Idaho), sophomore Andrea Wahlin (Cold Spring, Minn.), junior Liz Grube (Sherwood, Wis.) and senior Zita Magloire (Tallahassee, Fla.) ran a school-record 8 minutes, 47.84 seconds to finish second behind top-ranked Texas (8:45.68) on Thursday at the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

"Zita almost ran Texas down," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "It was a great race. They broke their own school record. The wind was about 30 miles per hour down the backstretch, and we were right there. Our goal is to win Saturday's distance medley relay. We'll have some big events tomorrow with the men's sprint group."

State bested Southeastern Conference rival LSU by more than eight seconds. The Tigers (8:55.23) were third with Abilene Christian (8:58.63) and Kansas (9:03.20) rounding out the top five.

In the men's 4x800-meter relay, junior Nathan Daniels (New Iberia, La), junior Ryan Irwin (Ballwin, Mo.), junior Phillip Moore (Hoover, Ala.) and sophomore Isaiah Marshall (Detroit, Mich.) clocked the second-best time on the squad this season, running 7:53.52.

Senior Lauren Johnson (Scottsboro, Ala.) completed her first heptathlon of the season, tallying 4,906 points. Johnson set personal records in the high jump (5-03), 200-meter dash (25.66) and javelin throw (98-00).

In the women's hammer throw, freshman Emily Sanders (Woodstock, Ga.) finished with a throw of 170-03, while junior Mina Thorstenson (Okauchee, Wis.) ran 18:26.01 in the women's 5000-meter run. Senior Gedamu Ege (Atlanta, Ga.) competed in the men's 5000-meter run with a time of 15:26.56.

Action resumes Friday morning at Mike A. Myers Stadium beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Women's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's women's tennis team will hit the road this weekend, traveling to Athens, Ga. on Friday, April 7 and Knoxville, Tenn. on Sunday, April 9, to tangle with No. 28 Georgia and No. 27 Tennessee. The UGA-MSU dual will get underway at 3 p.m. CT at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

This weekend's activity will close out the road portion of the Lady Bulldog's 2006 regular season slate. State will close out the regular season with a home match on Easter weekend with a Saturday, April 15 date with in-state rival Mississippi at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.

State will try to halt a five-match losing skid in the Southeastern Conference this weekend. The Lady Bulldogs of Georgia own a 27-0 advantage over their SEC Western Division counterparts. Last season, the Red and Black topped MSU 4-3 in Starkville.

UGA's Natalie Frazier, ranked 18th in the country, leads the squad in singles with a 24-9 record. UGA also sports two ranked doubles tandems with Shadisha Robinson and Caroline Basu ranked eighth along with Evgenia Subbotina and Darya Ivanov listed at 54th.

Live stats from the Dan Magill Tennis Complex will be available on www.MStateAthletics.com.


Men's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team returns to action Friday, hosting top-ranked Georgia to open the athletic activity for Super Bulldog Weekend. State will meet the nation's top-ranked team for the second time this year, after a meeting with #1 Florida earlier this season.

"There is no question that Georgia is one of the top teams in college tennis this year," said MSU head coach Sylvain Guichard. "They are an experienced team that is solid from top to bottom and we will have to play exceptional to have any chance at all."

State (4-10, 1-7), is coming off a pair of SEC losses last weekend to #19 Arkansas and #16 LSU. The Bulldogs dropped a close 4-3 match to the Razorbacks at home before falling to LSU on the road. Two Bulldogs entered the ITA rankings this week as junior Ivan Bjelica broke in at 81st while sophomore Pierre Mouillon is ranked 97th. Bjelica moved into the rankings after a win over 13th-ranked Razorback Adrians Zguns last week. The Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro native enters the weekend with a 16-13 overall record this season. He is 4-4 in Southeastern Conference play and 6-7 in dual matches. Mouillon is 18-11 this season including a 10-4 mark in dual matches and a 5-3 SEC record.

Georgia enters the match with a perfect 19-0 overall record including an 8-0 mark in SEC play. They are led by second-ranked junior John Isner. Isner is 33-2 overall this season including a 17-0 record in dual matches. Four other UGA players are ranked in singles. Sophomore Luis Flores is ranked 23rd, senior Strahinja Bobusic is ranked 50th, junior Matic Omerzel is ranked 61st and junior Ricardo Gonzalez is ranked 103rd. Three doubles teams are also ranked for UGA. Bobusic and Colin Purcell are ranked 10th, defending national champions Isner and Ruiz are ranked 12th and the tandem of Omerzel and Flores are ranked 23rd.

The match is set for 2 p.m. at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the MSU campus.


Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's golf team will have a final tune up for the upcoming Southeastern Conference Golf Championships coming up in two weeks taking part in the 19th-Annual Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate this weekend, April 7-9, in Auburn, Ala.

The Bulldogs will be gunning for their ninth consecutive top-10 finish of 2005-06 at the par-72, 7,275-yard Auburn University Club. In their previous outing, the linksters claimed second place at the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate on March 28, marking the season-best finish for the squad.

The 54-hole, three-day event on the Plains of Auburn has been a mainstay on MSU's golf slate. The Maroon and White have participated in the AU-hosted event 13 times during its 19-year existence.

MState's probable five-man line up will be freshmen Matt Fast, Noah Goldman and Carlos Sainz, Jr. Junior Josh Oller, who led State at the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate with a fourth-place finish, will make his ninth start of the season. Logan Young rounds out the line up for the weekend.

Joining the Bulldogs in the tournament field will be Auburn, College of Charleston, Jacksonville State, Memphis, Mercer, North Florida, Ole Miss, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana and UAB.

State will be paired with Memphis and South Alabama during the opening round on Friday with tee time at 9:38 a.m. off No. 1.


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