AUSTIN, Texas - The Mississippi State University women's distance medley relay team of senior Jen McPherson (Nampa, Idaho), freshman Antrese Banks (Gloster, Miss.), sophomore Andrea Wahlin (Cold Spring, Minn.) and senior Zita Magloire (Tallahassee, Fla.) continued to improve their time this year, running a season's best 11 minutes, 29.63 seconds to finish second on the final day of the Texas Relays.
"Jen (McPherson) ran a fabulous leg on the 1200. The anchor girl from Baylor is a star on the rise, but Zita tried her best," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "It's a best time for that group by more than eight seconds."
The distance medley relay time ranks as the second-best in school history. MSU finished ahead of top-ranked Texas, ninth-ranked LSU and #18 Texas A&M.
Sophomore Tim Williams (Pensacola, Fla.) tied his personal best in the men's high jump, clearing a regional-qualifying 6 feet, 10-and-three-quarter-inches to win section B. In the women's shot put, junior Nicola Wilson (Trenton, N.J.) tied her MSU school record with a throw of 50 feet, one-and-three-quarter inches.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team of junior Bruce Davis (Phenix City, Ala.), sophomore all-American Elzie Coleman (Newburgh, N.Y.), junior all-American Arthur Davis (Mobile, Ala.) and sophomore all-American Chris Woods (Atlanta, Ga.) ran a season's best and regional-qualifying 3:06.64. The 4x200-meter relay team of junior Eliott Morant (Kansas City, Mo.), A. Davis, junior Nathan Daniels (New Iberia, La.) and Coleman ran the squad's second-fastest time this season, clocking in at 1:24.80.
In the women's 1500-meter run, junior Liz Grube (Sherwood, Wis.) ran a personal-best 4:36.31, while sophomore Annie Falor (Flagstaff, Ariz.) ran 4:40.09.
"It wasn't what we've been used to at Texas," Schmidt added. "Our middle distance women did very well. Jen and Zita are talented enough to make it to nationals. (Senior) Jasmine (Walls) will eventually get there. We feel good about everything.
"The sprint guys are in a position to rebuild the squad. By the end of the year, we hope to have one of the best 4x4 teams in the country."
Both MSU squads return to action on Sat., April 15 when they host the Jace Lacoste Invitational at W.O. Spencer Stadium/Carl Maddox Track.
AUBURN, Ala. - Mississippi State moved into a tie for eighth with UAB on the second day of the 19th Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate after posting a 6-over par 294 on Saturday at the Auburn University Club. MSU heads to Sunday's finale just eight stokes out of the top-5 on the team leaderboard.
Second round activity did not get underway until Noon due to inclement weather in the Auburn, Ala. area.
Bulldog freshman Noah Goldman moved from tied for seventh to fourth with his 1-under par 71 score in the second round. The Longwood, Fla. product is at even-par for the 54-hole event. He stands eight shots off the pace set by Auburn's Stuart Moore, who scorched the course with a second round 8-under par 64.
Junior Josh Oller posted a round of 73 to move from 48th to 35th after 36 holes of competition. Carlos Sainz, Jr. carded a 2-over par 74 after recording an 81 on Friday. Logan Young closed out the State scorecard with a 76.
MSU Brian Mason, playing as an individual turned in a 3-over par 75 and currently tied 19th after firing an opening-round 73.
Auburn holds a commanding 14 shot lead with one round to play. The Tigers fired an impressive 11-under par 277. Charlotte stands in second at 5-over, while Ole Miss is third with a two-round total of 16-over par.
Sunday will conclude the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. CT.
Live scoring from the par-72 Auburn University Club will be available at www.MStateAthletics.com.