BATON ROUGE, La. - Mississippi State senior Amanda Mathis concluded the second round of the NCAA East Regional Friday at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La., shooting a 1-over par, 73. Mathis birdied two of her first three holes on Friday, but bogeyed three on the back nine and stands in 31st heading into Saturday's final round.
After round two, three are tied for the lead in the individual competition. UCLA shot a 281 on Friday to retain the team lead by two strokes over Wake Forest. UCLA's Sydnee Michaels fired a 68 in the second round and stands in the lead at 10-under par.
Mathis along with the rest of the field will conclude the tournament with Saturday's third and final round. The top eight teams and top two individuals not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships which begin May 22 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Track & Field
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mississippi State's Joseph Queen moved up two spots on the final day of the men's decathlon to finish third at the 2007 Southeastern Conference Championships at the University of Alabama.
After day two of the four-day event, State garnered six points on the men's side with Queen's finish in the decathlon. Queen, a junior from Jackson, Miss., has now scored in the last two SEC decathlons with his sixth-place finish in 2006. His point total this season marks a new career-best tally in the event. Queen had a solid final day with the pole vault, javelin and 1500-meter run. He finished third in the pole vault with a leap of 14 feet, seven and a quarter inches. In the javelin, Queen had a mark of 171-03, a new personal-best in that event. He closed out the event with a time of four minutes, 34.06 seconds.
"Joseph Queen had a great day finishing third in the SEC, which is pretty big," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "Everybody stepped it up today; I think we are doing pretty well after two days."
MSU's Marrissa Harris, who came into Friday's events in second place in the women's heptathlon, slipped to fourth place with 5,242 points. The Memphis, Tenn.-product's day was keyed by the long jump competition. She recorded the top mark of the field with a jump of 19-07. With her finish, Harris has finished fourth in the event in her first two seasons in the Maroon and White.
In the first running events of the championships, State's Golden Coachman recorded the fastest time in the 800-meter run with a time of 1: 48.12 seconds. The Birmingham, Ala.-native will vie for the 800-meter championship on Sunday. His mark bettered his NCAA regional qualifying mark and ranks third-best all-time in the event at MSU. Senior Nathan Daniels also advanced to the finals with a time of 1:49.75. Daniels also becomes the 12th MState individual to qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional.
"Golden (Coachman) had a great 800m," added Schmidt. "Jen (McPherson) had a great race and Michelle (Corrigan) stepped up to finish the day."
The Bulldogs had two individuals in the 400-meter hurdles that will compete for a league championship on Sunday. Delandus O'Neal and Kyle Roberts each qualified for the finals of the event with times of 51.51 and 51.45 respectively. Both times posted will also advance the two into the NCAA Regional.
In the women's 800-meter run, Lady Bulldog senior Jen McPherson registered a personal-best 2:06.97. The clocked time by McPherson improves her NCAA status in the event along with posting the second-best time in MSU laurels in the event. Sophomore Michelle Corrigan closed out the day with a sixth-place finish in the women's 10,00-meter run. She clocked a time of 37:15.60 to gain three points for the State women.
Day three of the 2007 SEC Championships will get underway at 1 p.m. CST with field events. The first running event of the day will be the men's 1500-meter run which is slated to begin at 6 p.m.
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