MSU Has Record-Setting Performance At Auburn Indoor Invitational

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Senior Brittany Covington helped the Lady Bulldogs to a third-place performance in the 4000-meter distance medley at the Auburn Indoor Invitational on Saturday.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Returning to the CrossPlex on Saturday after showcasing impressive competition the previous weekend, Mississippi State indoor track and field captured nine Top 10 finishes at the Auburn Indoor Invitational, highlighted by numerous field victories and a broken meet record.

Leading the way for the Lady Bulldogs were returning veterans Rochelle Farquharson (5.81m, 7th) and Alyssa Hall (1.67m, 7th), who posted top scores in the long jump and high jump, respectively.

MSU continued to shine with top speeds from Brandon McBride (47.37) and Tavaris Tate (21.16). McBride seized a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash and Tate took a second-place spot in the 200-meter dash.

Another pair of Top 10 field victories from Megan Walker (3.70m) and Jason Harper (14.53m) in the pole vault and triple jump, respectively, then added to the Maroon and White's collection of convincing performances.

Additionally, distance runner Emma Neigel (5:03.08) used her veteran experience in the mile run to capture another top finish for Coach Steve Dudley's team.

Later in the day, both the men and women proved their talents in the 4000-meter distance medley. The Lady Bulldogs, including Chloe Phillips, Brittany Covington, Emma Neigel and Katie Huston posted a time of 11:56.01 seconds to improve upon the Auburn Indoor Invitational record of 12:14.75 seconds. In similar fashion, the MSU men, which included Patrick and Andrew Monaghan, Tavaris Tate and Brandon McBride, broke the meet record in the event by capturing a first-place finish with a time of 9:57.68 seconds.

"I think we are getting stronger and stronger," McBride said. "More importantly, people are starting to get in their groove and get the rust off."

After a two-week break from competition, MSU returns to action on Feb. 1. The athletes will split meets as some travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Meyo Invite and others set out for success at the New Balance Invitational in New York.


Long Jump: Chanice Porter, Georgia, 6.20m
MSU: 7. Rochelle Farquharson, 5.81m; 20. Ebony Brinker, 5.40m

1 Mile Run: Haley Cutright, Ole Miss, 4:50.47
MSU: 16. Emma Neigel, 5:03.08

High Jump: Krystle Schade, Alabama, 1.88m
MSU: 7. Alyssa Hall, 1.67m

Pole Vault: Morgann Leleux, Georgia, 4.25m
MSU: 10. Megan Walker, 3.70m; 17. Sidney Rodkey, 3.40

200m Dash: Aurieyall Scott, UCF, 23.23
MSU: 26. Ocian Archer, 25.35; 38. Ste'yce McNeil 26.17; 41. Kanisha Carey, 26.37; 49. Racquel Farquharson, 27.65

4000m Distance Medley: Samford, 11:56.01
MSU: 3. Chloe Phillips, Brittany Covington, Emma Neigel, Katie Huston, 12:11.56

Long Jump: Jarrod Hutchen, South Carolina, 7.54m
MSU: 2. Jarrett Samuels, 7.23m; 21. A.J. Ward, 6.42m

Pole Vault: Sam Kendricks, Ole Miss, 17-08.50
MSU: 11. Patrick Johnson, 15-01.00

400m Dash: Clayton Gravesande, South Carolina, 47.261
MSU: 2. Brandon McBride, 47.37; 12. Scottie Hearns, 48.53

Triple Jump: Ricky Robertson, Ole Miss, 16.06m
MSU: 8. Jason Harper, 14.53m

200m Dash: Marcus Rowland, Auburn, 21.07
MSU: 2. Tavaris Tate, 21.16; 33. Randy Patterson, 22.64; 35. Scottie Hearns, 22.99

3000m Run: Niklas Buhner, Auburn, 8:15.60
MSU: 24. Matt Weickert, 8:52.62; 29. Julian Duarte, 9:02.56; 32. Jacob Fuller, 9:14.34

4000m Distance Medley: Mississippi State, 9:57.68


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