PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - Mississippi State sprinters ended their first day in Port of Spain, Trinidad with Top 3 finishes in their respective events at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships.
All-American D'Angelo Cherry finished second in the 100-meter dash final with a time of 10.17 seconds. Team USA's Marcus Rowland won the event in 10.03 seconds, a new Pan America record.
Future Bulldogs Tevaris Tate and Jodi-Ann Muir finished in second and third place, respectively. Tate entered the final with the fastest time, but was edged out by Colombia's Kirani James. Tate ran 45.50, a new personal-best. Muir ran 53.93 seconds in the 400-meter dash for the Jamaican national team.
Competition resumes in Port of Spain, Saturday with Cherry competing as a member of the 4x100-meter relay team at 11 a.m.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State head coach Jay Miller guided the United States Women's National Team to its third championship in as many tournaments on Sunday, capturing the Japan Cup with a 2-1 win over the host country.
The USA squad, which included senior catcher Chelsea Bramlett and former Bulldog all-American Courtney Bures, went 4-0 at the event and out-scored its opponents 29-6.
Jennie Finch did all of the damage for the U.S., scoring both runs on a first-inning double and tossing a one-hit shutout.
Sunday's win wrapped a successful summer for Miller and Bramlett as they added the Japan Cup championship to Canada Cup and World Cup of Softball titles they earned last month.
The Red, White and Blue opened the tournament in Sendai City, Japan, with 11-3 and 10-2 wins over Australia and Chinese Taipei, respectively. The U.S. defeated the Japanese 6-1 Saturday night to secure a spot in the championship game.