News from MSU Media Relations--January 27

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Track & Field
BATON ROUGE, La. - Mississippi State's women's distance runners claimed five of the of the top 10 finishes in the mile run and claimed three top-five spots in the 300-meter run at the 2007 Bayou Bengal Invitational at the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse on the LSU campus on Friday.

Junior Annie Falor was MState's top-finisher in the event, placing second with a time of five minutes, 6.99 seconds. Sophomore Michelle Corrigan posted a personal-best of 5:11.08 and finished third. Mina Thorstenson turned in a fourth-place finish while Brittany Detzel and Nicole Rosetti claimed the sixth and ninth spots respectively.

The distance squad also notched three of the top five finishes in the 3000-meter run. Falor took top honors in the event with a time of 10:05.11. Corrigan followed suit, placing second at 10:10.24. Thorstenson rounded out the MSU's top individuals with a fourth-place spot.

"Annie (Falor) had another great day and I thought Wendy Copeland had an outstanding day, having personal records in both her events," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "Today was a much better day than last week."

Sophomore Abbey Graham registered a new personal-best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2: 21.35 to place third in the event. In the sprints, freshman Laquinta Aaron continued her impressive indoor start by capturing the 200-meter dash competition with a time of 24.98. Freshman Wendy Copeland established new career marks in the triple and long jump competitions. In the triple jump, the Tupelo, Miss.-product turned in a jump of 39 feet, three inches. She posted a mark of 19-02 ½ in the long jump.

In the throwing events, State was led by sophomore Emily Sanders, who scored a throw in the 20 lb. weight throw of 51-03 ¾. Sanders placed sixth in the event. Senior Nicola Wilson registered a throw of 49-01 ½ in the same competition.

State will break from competition until Friday, Feb. 9, when the squad will participate in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

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