News from MSU Media Relations--April 7

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

Track & Field
AUSTIN, Texas. - Mississippi State junior Travis McKay (Edmonton, Alberta) ran a season's best and regional-qualifying 9 minutes, 00.35 seconds to finish fourth in the A section of the men's 3000-meter steeplechase at the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday evening. The meet continues through Saturday evening at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.

"Travis (McKay) had a decent performance," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "We're waiting for tomorrow. We've got the women's distance medley relay and the men's sprints relays, so maybe it will be a better day."

Junior Eliott Morant (Kansas City, Mo.) competed in two events on the third day. Morant ran 11.33 seconds in the 100-meter dash and followed with a personal best time of 14.96 in the 110-meter hurdles.

Freshman Marrissa Harris (Memphis, Tenn.) recorded her second regional qualifying mark in the 100-meter hurdles this season. Running a personal best 13.90 seconds, Harris finished 24th in the event preliminaries. Freshman Gabrielle Dillon (Liberty, Miss.) lowered her personal best in the 100-meter dash to 12.03 seconds. Attempting to comeback from illnesses, senior Meggan Hodge (Beaumont, Alberta) finished seventh, running 11:13.66 in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while teammate Joy Griffith (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) was 10th (11:49.03).

State's 4x100-meter relay squad of Harris, freshman Antrese Banks (Gloster, Miss.), Dillon and freshman Janelle Finley (Mobile, Ala.) ran the team's second-best time this season, clocking in at 47.04 seconds. In the high jump, senior Jasmine Walls (Picayune, Miss.) matched her personal best clearance in the event, finishing in a tie for 16th with a leap of 5-07.

Action resumes Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Women's Tennis
ATHENS, Ga. - Mississippi State freshman Tatiana Feit recorded her second Southeastern Conference win on Friday, topping Georgia's Sara Lett 6-1, 6-2 in the Lady Bulldog's 6-1 loss to No. 28 UGA on Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

State has now suffered six consecutive setbacks in SEC competition. The Red and Black Lady Bulldogs extended its series record over MSU to 28-0.

MState's Renee Joseph fell at the No. 1 position to UGA's Evgenia Subbotina 6-3, 6-3. No 85 Darya Ivanov of UGA dropped Martina Banikova of State 6-1, 6-3. In doubles, Georgia's 54th-ranked duo of Ivanov and Subbotina topped Feit and Joseph of MSU on court two.

State (3-13, 1-8 SEC) ventures to Knoxville, Tenn. on Sunday, April 9 to take on the Lady Volunteers of Tennessee. Match time is set for Noon ET.

Live stats from UT's Goodfriend Tennis Center will be available on

Men's Golf
AUBURN, Ala. - Mississippi State opened the 19th Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate with a round of 311 on Friday. The State squad stands 11th on the team leaderboard heading in to Saturday's second round activity.

Freshman Noah Goldman turned in MSU's low-round of the day with a 2-over par 74 and stands tied for seventh after 18 holes of competition. Redshirt freshman Logan Young carded a 6-over par 78, currently 43rd on the individual board. Junior Josh Oller finished Friday with a round of 79 (49th).

State's Brian Mason, playing as an individual this week, posted a 1-over par round of 73 and is tied alongside Goldman for seventh. Mason was atop the leaderboard early in the first round, playing the front nine at 2-under par.

Auburn leads the 54-hole event after day one with a 2-over par 290. The Tigers have a two-shot advantage over Charlotte heading in to Saturday.

AU's Andrew Medley and Memphis's Ian Rochester are the individual clubhouse leaders at 2-under par. Only three players in the field turned in rounds under par.

Tee times for Saturday's round will begin at 8 a.m. CT.

Live scoring from the par-72 Auburn University Club will be available at

Men's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's tennis team fell to top-ranked Georgia 4-0 Friday afternoon at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the MSU campus. Singles play was contested first due to the threat of rain in the Starkville area.

MSU (4-11, 1-8) battled Geogia to tiebreakers on two courts and split sets in two other matches before UGA could clinch the match. The first completed was at the #1 spot where second-ranked John Isner of Georgia downed State's 81st-ranked Ivan Bjelica 6-2, 6-2. Bjelica played at the #1 position, taking the place of MSU sophomore Pierre Mouillon who did not play due to an illness. Georgia took a 2-0 lead when Colin Purcell defeated MSU freshman Ryan Farlow 7-5, 6-3 on the #5 court. UGA inched closer to the victory, gaining their third point at the #3 position where Antonio Ruiz knocked off MSU's Florent Girod 7-6(7), 6-3. The clinching point came on court #6 where Georgia's 50th-ranked Strahinja Bobusic downed MSU freshman Eric Lim 6-2, 7-6(4). The two remaining matches were suspended when the match was clinched. On court #2, Georgia's 23rd-ranked Luis Flores led MSU's Jose-Carlos Pinto 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 while 61st-ranked Matic Omerzel led State's Philippe Frayssinoux 4-6, 6-4, 2-1 on court #4 when play was suspended.

Georgia moved to 20-0 overall and 9-0 in SEC play with the win. Georgia now has a 15-1 record against MSU in matches played in Starkville. State concludes their 2006 home slate Sunday, hosting Tennessee at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre at 1 p.m.

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