News from MSU Media Relations--March 2

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Track & Field and Men's Golf.

Track & Field
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mississippi State women's track and field team finish the SEC Indoor Championship in ninth place, scoring 28 points to record the second most points scored in school history.

Also, their ninth place finish is the school's highest placing in the past five years.

Tennessee won the women's title with 111 points. LSU and Arkansas rounded out the top three with 105 and 97 points, respectively.

"We had a great meet overall," MSU coach Al Schmidt said. "I think with the youth on this team we performed very well and beat some big-time performers finishing ahead of Alabama, Georgia and Vanderbilt."

To complete a fantastic weekend in field events, junior Wendy Copeland matched a personal-best jump of 39 feet, 7 inches in the triple jump to take seventh place. Also, senior Trumesa Banks threw a personal best 41-01 in the shot put to finish in 19th place. Banks was followed closely by freshman Favian Cowards, who also threw a personal-best 40-03.50 to finish 20th.

"Wendy really came through for us this weekend," Schmidt added. "She had a really big weekend in the jumps."

On the track, senior standout Marrissa Harris completed her SEC Championship with a 5th place finish in the 60-meter hurdles final. Harris ran another NCAA provisionally qualifying time of 8.41 seconds in the event.

"Marrissa, as always, had a wonderful weekend for us," Schmidt said. "She scored eight points alone which is really big."

The distance medley-relay ran 11:52.57 for a sixth place finish. The team, which consisted of Harris and freshmen Dominique Lockhart, Chelsea Rae Smyth and Renee Masterson, bettered its season personal-best time by 14 seconds.

"We stuck Marrissa on the relay to give our freshman some confidence in the relay, and they really came through," Schmidt said. "We went into the relay ranked ninth and finished with a really big performance to take sixth place."

Also, the 4x400-meter relay team - junior LaQuinta Aaron, sophomore Diamond Marks, senior Priscilla Gaines and junior Crystal Wilson - ran a season-best time of 3:46.77 to finish 10th, and move into a third place ranking in MSU All-Time superlatives.

All Lady Bulldogs who finished in the Top 8 this weekend earned Indoor All-SEC honors.

The women travel to Jacksonville, Fla., on March 7, for the Last Chance Meet to have one more shot at qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships.


Men's Golf
CRESTVIEW, Fla. - The Mississippi State men's golf team claimed its second tournament championship in as many seasons Sunday, winning the Troy Invitational after a three-round score of 892 at the par-72 Heritage Plantation Club. Last season, the Bulldogs claimed the Roadrunner Intercollegiate Championship in San Antonio, Texas. The Bulldogs have now won four tournaments overall in the Clay Homan era.

Improving on their 28-stroke lead through two rounds, MSU fought through tough winds Sunday to post a third-round score of 310 to finish the tournament with an 892, a 32-stroke win.

"It feels great to win," said head coach Clay Homan. "This was a great performance by our players. Even though we won, there are still many ways to improve."

MSU's Noah Goldman claimed the individual championship of the event after a 5-over-par, three-round score of 221. It marks the second career tournament victory for the Longwood, Fla., product. He also notched a victory at last year's Roadrunner Intercollegiate. Senior Brian Mason finished two shots back of Goldman as he posted a career-best second place finish. Mason finished in a tie with Troy's Jay Harris after posting the tournament's best third-round score of 73.

"Noah and Brian played great," said Homan. "They played great today in the third round when the tournament's average round was high."

Seniors Matt Fast and Josh Bevell finished five shots off Goldman's pace at 10-over-par in a tie for fifth place. Fast carded the tournament's low round with a 68 in the second round. After claiming the lead through 36 holes, Bevell was able to hold on and post his best career finish. Fellow senior Carlos Sainz, Jr. claimed his ninth career top 10 finish with a three-day total of 233 to finish in a tie for 10th.

Redshirt freshman Lee Heaton posted a three-round total of 236 to finish in a tie for 18th. Heaton competed as an individual and his score does not count towards the team score.

Runner-up Troy finished 32 strokes behind MSU with a 925, followed by Nebraska with a 935. Jacksonville University tallied a score of 937 followed by Nicholls State going 100-over-par. Rounding out the field were Centenary College, Mobile, Siena College and McNeese State.

MSU will resume competition on March 6 when the Bulldogs will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to compete in the Seminole Intercollegiate.


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