STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State track and field placed four student athletes on the 2007 District VI ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America organization.
MSU's Ryan Irwin and Joy Griffith were earned the honors for the second consecutive year. Irwin and Griffith were members of the 2006 edition of the academic team. Irwin, recent spring graduate with a degree in computer engineering, was named to the university portion of the team and the lone male recipient from State. The Ballwin, Mo.-native is a three-time all-Southeastern Conference academic selection along with earning 2007 Newsom Award for track and field at MSU. The award is given to the top scholar on each intercollegiate team on campus. Irwin was a five-time President's Scholar and achieved Deans Scholar list three times. Griffith was selected to the team after achieving a 3.97 grade point average in the animal/dairy science curriculum at MSU. She will continue her education on the MState campus at the school's veterinary program. The Tuscaloosa, Ala.-product owns the 3000-meter steeplechase school record on the women's side.
Sophomore Michelle Corrigan joins Griffith on the university division first team. Corrigan sports a 3.85 GPA in biological sciences at MSU. This season she set the MSU school record in the 10,000-meter run at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 35 minutes, 30.43 seconds. She was selected to the 2006 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll. Junior Annie Falor was tabbed to the district's second team. Falor, from Flagstaff, Ariz. and an English major at State, posted a 3.96 GPA during the academic year. She was the women's cross country Newsom Award winner and is a two-time all-SEC academic honoree.
MADISON, Miss. - Mississippi State was well represented at the 2007 Mississippi State Amateur Golf Championship with four members of the State golf team and head coach Clay Homan all finishing in the top-10 after Sunday's final round at Reunion Golf and Country Club.
MSU's Josh Bevell had an outstanding weekend after posting a 4-over par round of 76 on the opening day. Bevell, who joined the squad at the beginning of the spring season, posted three round of par or better on the weekend to finish runner-up in the Mississippi Golf Association-sanctioned event. He closed out the 72-hole event with a 68, tying for low-round of the day honors with two other individuals. His round was highlighted by a hole-in-one on the par 3, 153-yard 15th hole.
Homan, the fourth-year head coach, held the 54-hole clubhouse lead after Saturday's 5-under par 67. The Fulton, Miss.-native was gunning for his third Mississippi Amateur crown, but slipped back to finish third overall with a final-round score of 74. MState's Matt Fast, Jake Lambert and Josh Oller finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively in the amateur event. The Bulldog threesome was paired up for the final round on Sunday. Fast, from Hattiesburg, Miss., turned in an even-par round of 72 while Lambert posted a 4-under par round of 68. Oller registered a 74 to conclude his first tournament back from a knee injury at 2-over par.
Steve Wilson of Ocean Springs claimed the 2007 Mississippi State Amateur Championship with a 72-hole total of 8-under par.