Mississippi State Earns All-SEC Honors at SEC Outdoor Championships
BATON ROUGE, La. - After two days plagued by rain, Sunday's weather provided a nice backdrop to the final day of action at the SEC Outdoor Championships that saw Mississippi State end its stint in Baton Rouge with All-SEC honors.
Overall, the Bulldogs placed 5th with 61 points, their highest finish since coming in at No. 5 in 1989. The Lady Bulldogs totaled 28 points to conclude action at No. 10.
"We always have a goal of showing the world we possess some of the best athletes here at MSU," coach Steve Dudley said. "This week we did that by capturing a couple of All-SEC honors.
Erica Bougard captured the MSU's first honor on Friday as she earned All-Freshman honors in the heptathlon. Sunday Marcus Jackson joined her as he had an excellent showing in the high jump. On his sixth jump of the day, Jackson jumped a personal best 7-03.25 to finish second, pick up eight points and earn All-SEC second team honors. Joining Jackson in competition was teammate James Harris, who finished right on Jackson's heels as he jumped 7-02.25 to finish third and earn six points.
Before Jackson and Harris' exciting high jump performances, the Bulldogs collected points from a variety of events. Jason Harper picked up the first point of the day, as he jumped 49-09.75 to place eighth in the triple jump. Ed Wesela, who threw a personal best 59-08.25, contributed five points with his fourth place finish in the shot put, while Daundre Barnaby added another four with his fifth place time of 46.60 in the 400-meter dash. John Valentine closed out the individual scoring as he earned 1 point for his eighth place and personal best time of 14:35.24 in the 5000-meter run.
The 4x100-meter quartet of D'Angelo Cherry, Jarrett Samuels, Tavaris Tate and James Harris scored the Bulldogs only multi-athlete points, as they earned four points for their fifth place time of 40.16. The 4x400-meter squad of Harris, Mayers, Barnaby and Tate was on course for a top finish, but unfortunately was bumped in the second leg leading to a fall and the ending of their race.
Nathan Arnett and Emanuel Mayers provided the Bulldogs with two sets of points as they competed in both sections of the hurdles. Arnett (13.77) provided five points for his fourth place finish in the 110-meter portion, then added another six by running a third place time of 50.44 in the 400-meter hurdles. Mayers provided a total of nine points, as he earned four for his fifth place 110-meter hurdles finish (14.02) and five for his fourth place spot in the 400-meter section (50.71).
The Lady Bulldogs started their day by picking up two points from Erica Bougard (41-00.25) who finished seventh in the triple jump. Jody-Ann Muir (52.74) added five points to the mix for her fourth place performance in the 400-meter dash, before joining teammates Brittany Covington, Racquel Farquharson and Bougard to run 45.53 and finish seventh in the 4x100-meter relay earning two points.
The 4x400-meter quartet of Covington, Muir, Bougard and Carey picked up the final Lady Bulldog points, as they ran 3:38.83 to finish second and earn two points.
MSU closed out the day with the Bulldogs landing in fifth place with 61 points, behind Arkansas who claimed the SEC Championship with a total of 196 points. The Lady Bulldogs closed their time in Baton Rouge with 28 points and a 10th place finish, while LSU picked up 161.50 points to claim the SEC title.
"We had a good showing at the SEC Championships," Dudley stated. "Now we have to put this meet behind us, lace up our shoes and begin preparations for Nationals."
After returning home, the Maroon and White will have a week off before heading to Jacksonville, Fla., on May 24-26 for the NCAA East Preliminary.
Triple Jump: Ciarra Brewer, Florida, 44-06.75
MSU: 7. Erica Bougard, 41-00.25; 11.Ebony Brinker, 40-01.25 (2 pts)
Discus Throw: Annie Alexander, Tennessee, 186-03
MSU: 10. Megan Rayford, 150-02; 14. Favian Cowards, 140-07
4x100m Relay: LSU, 43.27
MSU: Covington, Muir, Farquharson, Bougard, 45.53 (2 pts)
400m Dash: Regina George, Arkansas, 51.83
MSU: 4. Jody-Ann Muir, 52.74 (5 pts)
4x400m Relay: LSU, 3:29.25
MSU: 7. Covington, Muir, Bougard, Carey, 3:38.83
1. LSU, 161.50
2. Florida, 138 points
3. Arkansas, 111.50
4. Georgia, 108 points
5. Tennessee, 97 points
6. Auburn, 41.50 points
7. Mississippi, 38.50 points
8. Alabama, 36 points
9. South Carolina, 35 points
10. Mississippi State, 28 points
11. Vanderbilt, 13.50 points
12. Kentucky, 10.50 points
Javelin: Stipe Zunic, Florida, 255-06
MSU: 15. Austin Britton, 190-05
Triple Jump: Omar Craddock, Florida, 54-08.75
MSU: 8. Jason Harper, 49-09.75
Shot Put: Stephen Saenz, Auburn, 64-02.50
MSU: 4. Ed Wesela, 59-08.25
Pole Vault: Andrew Irwin, Arkansas, 18-09.25
MSU: 15. Patrick Johnson, 16-00.75
4x100m Relay: Arkansas, 39.23
MSU: Cherry, Samuels, Tate, Harris, 40.16
1500m Run: Duncan Phillips, Arkansas, 3:52.60
MSU: 10. Juan Sanchez, 3:56.50
400m Dash: Tony McQuay, Florida, 45.48
MSU: 5. Daundre Barnaby, 46.60
5000m Run: Lane Boyer, Arkansas, 14:01.84
MSU: 8. John Valentine, 14.37.24
1. Arkansas, 196 points
2. LSU, 118 points
3. Georgia, 109 points
4. Florida, 93 points
5. Mississippi State, 61 points
6. Mississippi, 60 points
7. Auburn, 58 points
8. Kentucky, 43 points
9. South Carolina, 33 points
10. Tennessee, 30 points
11. Alabama, 17 points