NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After sweeping the competition on day one of the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational, Mississippi State track and field carried its momentum into Saturday’s competition with an outstanding 23 Top 10 finishes.
The women’s success was highlighted by a win in the 400-meter relay. The quartet of Ocian Archer, Erica Bougard, Shayla Luckett and Ste’yce McNiel ran a 3:44.76 to garner the best time of the day.
“I’m really proud of my team on winning the 4×400,” Archer said. “I expect us to be running a lot faster and get our time down to make it to Nationals. We were strong, determined and handled business this weekend.”
After qualifying for NCAA Indoors in the long jump on Friday, All-American Erica Bougard clocked an 8.41 in the 60-meter hurdles prelims to improve the Vanderbilt indoor facility record (previously 8.55) and advance to the event finals. There, the Byhalia, Miss., native recorded an 8.41 again to finish second.
In Section B of the 60-meter hurdles, fellow Lady Bulldogs Ste’cye McNeil (8.46) and Keisha Wallace (8.48) finished second and third, respectively.
Freshman Rhian Price and Euricka Hardy also saw top performances. Price finished second in the one mile (4:39.08) and Hardy placed fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.64.
Meanwhile, the MSU men mirrored the women’s accomplishments as distance runners Andrew Monaghan (8:20.49) and Damian Roszko (8:21.98) earned fourth and fifth-place finishes in the 3000-meter run.
All-SEC sophomore Scottie Hearn ran a 47.77 in the 400-meter dash to rank second all-time on the MSU performance list. Following Hearn were Alistair Moona (48.40) in eighth and Dustin James II (48.57) in 11th.
To close out the meet, the Bulldog 4×400-meter relay team finished second with a time of 3:11.05.
After returning home from Vanderbilt, MSU will have a two-week break from action before traveling to New York, N.Y., for the New Balance Invitational slated for Feb. 7-8.
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3000m Run: Lauren Hagens, Speed River T.C., 9:13.49
MSU: 12. Cornelia Griesche, 9:52.36; 21. Lisa Ziegler, 10:09.15; 22. Jodie McGuff, 10:12.95
Triple Jump: Ryan Hindricks, Unattached, 42-01.25
MSU: 5. Rochelle Farquharson, 40-09.50; 6. Ebony Brinker, 39-10.50
Shot Put: Valentina Muzaric, Auburn, 54-06.75
MSU: 14. Haley Reynolds, 43-01.00
Pole Vault: Jessie Johnson, Auburn, 13-01.50
MSU: 10. Sidney Rodkey, 11-07.75
One Mile: Elinor Kirk, UAB, 4:39.08
MSU: 2. Rhianwedd Price, 4:42.12; 7. Emma Neigel, 4:57.76; 8. Katie Huston, 4:58.16
60m Hurdles (Section A): Bailey, Yvana, 8.25
MSU: 2. Erica Bougard, 8.41
60m Hurdles (Section B): Samantha Scarlett, Auburn, 8.24
MSU: 2. Ste’cye McNeil, 8.46; 3. Keisha Wallace, 8.48
60m Dash (Section A): Jhorden Hunter, Ole Miss, 7.42
MSU: 5. Euricka Hardy, 7.64
400m Dash: Lanece Clarke, 53.65
MSU: 29. Kaelin Kersh, 60.21
800m Run: Megan Malasarte, Georgia, 2:07.09
MSU: 7. Ocian Archer, 2:13.39; 10. Katie Huston, 2:15.29; 25. Emma Neigel, 2:29.94
200m Dash: Lanece Clarke, Unattached, 23.97
MSU: 7. Peli Alzola, 24.63; 21. Euricka Hardy, 25.42; 26. Keisha Wallace, 25.62
4x400m Relay: Mississippi State (A), 3:44.76
MSU: 11. Mississippi State (B), 3:59.54
3000m Run: Robert Domanic, Ole Miss, 8:12.04
MSU: 4. Andrew Monaghan, 8:20.49; 5. Damian Roszko, 8:21.98
One Mile: Niklas Buhner, Auburn, 4:02.60
MSU: 6. Patrick Monaghan, 4:07.18; 7. Juan Sanchez, 4:15.75
60m Dash (Section B): Broderick Snoddy, Georgia Tech, 6.71
MSU: 6. James Anderson, 7.03
400m Dash: Emmanuel Tugumisirize, Middle Tenn. State, 46.05
MSU: 5. Scottie Hearn, 47.77; 8. Alistair Moona, 48.40; 11. Dustin James II, 48.57
800m Dash: Eliud Rutto, Middle Tenn. State, 1:49.36
MSU: 17. Steve Shoto, 1:55.11
200m Dash: Broderick Snoddy, Georgia Tech, 21.23
MSU: 12. James Anderson, 22.05; 17. Marshall Nunn, 22.47; 19. Charles Taylor, 22.54; 21. Zachary Taylor, 22.72
400m Relay: Western Kentucky, 3:10.85
MSU: 2. Mississippi State (A), 3:11.05; 5. Mississippi State (B), 3:19.14
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