News from MSU Media Relations--May 13

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

Women's Golf
BATON ROUGE, La. - Mississippi State senior Amanda Mathis concluded her collegiate career Saturday afternoon, as she finished in a tie for 36th at the NCAA East Regional at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La. Mathis fired a 73 in the final round to finish 2-over par for the tournament.

It was Duke who took the spotlight in the final round, as they fired a 272 on the final day to win the team title. Sydnee Michaels of UCLA shot a 69 in the final round to hold on and win the individual title.

Mathis concludes her four-year stint at MSU with 15 career top-10 finishes including two individual titles. Mathis was a two-time all-SEC performer and a multi-year member of the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars Team.


Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's golf team will close out the 2006-07 campaign at the Linger Longer Invitational on Sunday, May 13 in Greensboro, Ga. The 54-hole event is being presented by Reynolds Plantation and hosted by Mercer University.

The 17-team field will test the par-72, 7,393-yard Oconee Course at Reynolds Plantation on Sunday with 36 holes of competition and the final round is set for Monday. The field includes nine teams that were selected for NCAA Regional competition this past week by the NCAA Men's Golf Committee - Alabama, Augusta State, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia State, Louisville and North Carolina.

The Bulldogs last appearance on the course was in the Southeastern Conference Men's Golf Championships. Sophomore Carlos Sainz, Jr. led all MSU individuals with a 16th-place finish after carding a final-round even-par 70 at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course. Noah Goldman continues to lead the team in scoring with a 73.75 average heading into the final three rounds of the season.

State is making its initial appearance in the Linger Longer Invitational. The two-day event was added to the slate after MState's visit to Ruston, La. for the Squire Creek Intercollegiate was trimmed to one round due to rain. UGA is the reigning team champion of the event after carding a 3-under par total.

The first round will get underway at 8 a.m. EST. Live results will be available on golfstat.com.


Track & Field
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mississippi State senior distance standout Travis McKay finished fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2007 Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Alabama.

McKay clocked a time of eight minutes, 53.87 seconds in the distance event which ranks third-best all-time on the MSU 3000m steeplechase list. The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-native finished strong during the final stretch to earn the Bulldogs five points in the overall team standings. McKay will compete on Sunday in the 5000-meter run which is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. CST on Sunday.

MSU junior Golden Coachman advanced to the finals of his second event of the weekend with a time of 3: 51.02 in the men's 1500-meter run. The junior from Birmingham, Ala. qualified for the finals of the 800-meter run on Friday. Coachman will join Nathan Daniels as the State representatives in the finals of the two-lap event. MState's last SEC Champion in the 800-meter event was Kraig Cesar in 1989.

On the women's side, senior Jen McPherson moved on to the finals of the women's 1500-meter run with a preliminary mark of 4: 28.52. On Sunday, the Nampa, Idaho-native will contend for two SEC Titles with the 1500-meter run and the 800-meter run. It marks the second-straight year that McPherson has competed in the both events at the SEC meet.

The Maroon and White's final points of the day came by way of the men's high jump. Sophomore Allen Cassell tied a career-best mark in the event with a clearance of 6-08 ¾. Nicola Wilson earned the Lady Bulldogs two points in the shot put with a seventh-place finish.

After three days of competition, the Bulldogs are currently tenth with 13 points while the State women stand eighth with 12 points. The team leaders heading into the final day is Tennessee on the men's side and Georgia on the women's ledger.

Championship day of the 2007 SEC Track and Field Championships will get underway at 1 p.m. CST with the women's discus finals.

For live results of the SEC Track and Field Championships, log on to www.RollTide.com


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