AUSTIN, Texas - After an interruption due to hazardous weather conditions, the Mississippi State men's golf team concluded play, and their season, at the NCAA Southwest Regional. The Bulldogs shot a team score of 901 to finish in 10th place at the par-71 University Golf Club in Austin, Texas. The 10th place finish is the second best finish by a Bulldog team at the NCAA Regionals.
"We came up short this week, but our guys played hard," said Head Coach Clay Homan. "Our guys have accomplished an awful lot during their four years at MSU. They have nothing to be ashamed about."
The Bulldogs were led by seniors Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Josh Bevell. This is the eighth time this season in which Sainz has led the team in scoring. Sainz posted the team's lowest round of the tournament with a 1-under-par 70 in round three to contribute to his 224 overall score and 28th place finish. MState's 36-hole leader Josh Bevell notched a 78 in round three to finish the competition with a 224. Senior Matt Fast improved from his opening round 79, to post scores of 72 and 75 in rounds two and three to finish in a tie for 37th place with a 226. Fast led the team with seven birdies. Noah Goldman improved on his second round score by seven strokes to finish the tournament with a 234 in a tie for 60th. Senior Brian Mason finished one stroke behind Goldman through the 54-hole event.
MSU closes the book on an impressive 2009 season with their second post season appearance in the Clay Homan-era, their first back-to-back top-10 finish in the SEC since 1999-2000, and two tournament championships (Troy Invitational and Mobile Bay Intercollegiate).
The Bulldog individuals also found success this season when Noah Goldman was able to capture his fourth individual tournament title at the Troy Invitational. Seniors Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Noah Goldman were able to finish their career up with the third (73.59) and sixth (73.84) best career scoring averages in Mississippi State history. Also, Sainz has now completed an MSU record 138 rounds of golf.
MState loses six seniors, Josh Bevell, Matt Fast, Noah Goldman, Brian Mason, Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Logan Young. These six seniors have combined for 590 rounds of golf for the Maroon and White over their respective careers. The Bulldogs will return three golfers with tournament play experience for the 2009-10 season.
Track & Field
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Mississippi State women's track team set a school record in points scored on the final day of the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Sunday with 42 to finish in 11th place at the Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressley Stadium in Gainesville.
Florida scored 135.50 points to win the women's championship title, while LSU and Tennessee rounded out the top three, scoring 113 and 106 points, respectively.
The Bulldogs completed their stint in Florida with a ninth place finish after totaling 44.50 points. Arkansas won the men's championship crown with 141 points, while Florida finished second with 120 points and LSU third with 98.50 points.
"We had an unbelievable weekend," coach Al Schmidt said. "We did a lot of things that haven't happened for us in the past, and I am extremely proud. I feel really good about both of our teams and what they accomplished this weekend."
Senior Marrissa Harris completed her last SEC Championships with a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdle final with a run of 13.35 seconds to give her a third regional qualifying mark in the event for the weekend. Junior Bridgett Rose also ran a regionally qualifying time 13.65 seconds to finish sixth.
Dwight Mullings moved into second place in MSU history in the 400-meter dash with a time of 44.98 seconds. Mullings finished second to regionally qualify along with teammate John Bailey, who finished third at 45.55 seconds. In the 100-meter dash, freshman D'Angelo Cherry added to his notable season with a sixth-place finish and a time of 10.30 seconds.
Both MSU 4x100-meter relays qualified for the post-season with fourth and seventh place finishes. Justin Christian, Cherry, Mullings and Emanuel Mayers ran 39.45 seconds to finish fourth, and the team of LaQuinta Aaron, Wendy Copeland, Rose and Priscilla Gaines ran 45.69 seconds to finish seventh.
"We have a large amount of athletes who are going to compete at regionals," Schmidt added. "I'm really excited about how our teams should match up against the other teams in our Mideast region."
MSU also had an exceptional day in the triple jump competition. Copeland led the way setting a personal-best and MSU second all-time leap. Copeland jumped 40 feet, 7 inches to finish in fourth place. Gaines finished in ninth with a 39-11.25 jump, while junior Kendrick Poullard jumped 50-05.25 to finish seventh on the men's side.
Mayers added another regional mark in the 400-meter hurdles with a fifth-place finish of 50.84 seconds to stay second in MSU history. Crystal Wilson moved into third in MSU history with her fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash. Wilson ran 54.61 seconds to qualify regionally and gain a new personal best.
"Crystal really showed what she is capable of today," Schmidt said. "She is now fifth in the SEC and regionally qualified in for us."
The regionally qualified Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs take a week's rest before heading to Louisville, Ky., for the 2009 Mideast Regional Championships May 29-30.