COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mississippi State had four individuals advance to the finals of their respective events on Friday at the NCAA Mideast Regional on the University of Missouri campus. The Bulldogs will have two representatives in the 400-meter run on Saturday with seniors Arthur Davis and Bruce Davis advancing.
Golden Coachman placed sixth in the preliminaries of the 800-meter run with a time of one minute, 49.04 seconds. The Birmingham, Ala.-native and the school record-holder in the event will run in the finals of the event at 5:25 CST on Saturday. Kyle Roberts, who posted an NCAA Regional qualifying mark in his last outing at the SEC Track and Field Championships, clocked a 52.19 in the 400-meter hurdles to move on to the final round. MState's Delandus O'Neal narrowly missed the finals of the event with a mark of 52.33 and will be in contention for an at-large berth at the NCAA Championships.
"We had a pretty good day on the men's side with two in the finals of the 400m, Golden (Coachman) in the 800m and Kyle (Roberts) in the 400m hurdles," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "Jen (McPherson) closes out her great career at MSU. It is sad to see it end, but she went to a lot of championships for us."
On the women's side, senior Nicola Wilson registered a mark of 45 feet, eight and a half inches in the shot put to finish 19th in the field. Senior Jen McPherson closed out her stellar career in the Maroon and White with a time of 4:29.33. The Nampa, Idaho-product closes out her Lady Bulldog stint as one of three MSU women to compete at all three NCAA Championships cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.
Senior Christina Hernandez will open State's day on Saturday with the women's discus finals at 3:30 p.m. CST. The men's 4x400-meter relay event will close out the Mideast Regional at 7:05 p.m.
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