PHILADELPHIA, Penn. - Mississippi State junior Marrissa Harris leaped a NCAA regional qualifying and personal-best 20-04 ¼ to finish runner-up in the long jump on the first day of the 114th annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Penn. The historic event is taking place at Franklin Field.
Harris, who is already second on the MSU all-time list in the event, improved on her mark to maintain the position.
The Lady Bulldog 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore LaQuinta Aaron, junior Gabrielle Dillon, sophomore Bridgett Rose and junior Priscilla Gaines combined to run a regional qualifying and season-best time of 45.56 to advance to the finals of the 4x100-meter relay finals set to take place tomorrow at 1 p.m. The quartet finished fourth in their heat and 14th overall in the event that featured 85 teams. With their time, the foursome takes over fifth place all-time in the 4x100 at MSU.
In the women's 5000-meter run, freshman Simone Domingue finished 20th, running a personal-best 17:14.86. With her time, the Lafayette-La.-native broke the freshman 5000-meter run record that was previously held by Christine Zawaski (17:15.78). Domingue also moves into fifth all-time in the 5000-meter run at MSU.
Freshman Sarah Hammes competed in the 10,000-meter run, finishing the race in a personal-best time of 36:34.27. With her time, the Meridian, Miss.-native moves into second all-time in the 10,000-meter run at MState.
"They did really, really well," said MSU Head Coach Al Schmidt. "We qualified for regionals on the women's side in the 4x100. Marrissa (Harris) qualified for regionals in the long jump. Sarah (Hammes) moved into second all-time in the 10,000-meter run. It was a good day. We have a big day tomorrow. If we have the same day like we did today, it will be exciting. The weather is going to be gorgeous and I think by the SEC meet we will be where we need to be."
Action from the Penn Relays picks back up tomorrow at 9 a.m. (ET) with the men's 400-meter hurdles. Results can be followed from the MSU Athletics web site at www.mstateathletics.com.