Highlighted by freshman Brandon McBride's unrivaled performance in the 800-meter run on day two in South Bend, MSU excelled at showcasing its talents on a national stage. McBride's 800-meter time of 1:47.74 seconds is the Canadian Junior National Record, as well as the No. 2 time in the country.
"It feels amazing," McBride said of his accomplishment. "I definitely wouldn't be able to do any of these things without my great coaches and training staff at Mississippi State."
Day one of weekend action for the Bulldogs saw seven Top 20 finishes across the two meets. The Big Apple hosted more than 100 of the nation's top track and field programs, including various international teams from France and Canada. Facing some of its toughest competition yet, MSU posted four Top 10 finishes on the day, which included a first-place victory from D'Angelo Cherry (6.67) in the 60-meter dash.
Additionally, Kanisha Carey crossed the line in the 500-meter dash in 1:16.50 seconds to give her a tenth-place finish and Nathan Arnett posted a time of 7.88 seconds, finishing sixth in the 60-meter hurdles. To close day one in New York on a high note, Jarrett Samuels (23-05.25) long-jumped his way to an impressive eighth-place.
Across states in Indiana, distance veteran Katie Huston finished the day for the Lady Bulldogs with a time of 2:52.22 seconds in the 1000-meter run, landing her a sixth- place finish.
As action continued on Saturday, MSU added to its commendable accomplishments by concluding the day with six Top 3 finishes. In addition to McBride's 800-meter dash victory, Jason Harper (51-11.25) and Marcus Jackson (7-03.25) captured first-place finishes in New York in the triple jump and high jump, respectively. To cap off the day for the men at the Meyo Invitational, Daundre Barnaby earned a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.12 seconds.
The Lady Bulldogs maintained MSU's success at the Armory Collegiate Invitational as Ebony Brinker (39-09.25) picked up a third-place finish in the triple jump and Jody-Ann Muir posted a top speed of 54.23 seconds in the 400-meter dash.
After returning to Starkville, the team turns its focus to next weekend's action, where the Bulldogs will split meets again as they travel to Birmingham for the Samford Multi Invite and to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville.
Amory Collegiate Invitational
400m Dash: Eseroghene Okoro, Iowa State, 54.92
MSU: (Prelims) 32. Ocian Archer, 56.75; 36. Brittany Covington, 57.73
500m Dash College: Kristyn Williams, Stanford, 1:13.39
MSU:10. Kanisha Carey, 1:16.50
60m Hurdles: Brianna Rollins, Clemson, 7.93
MSU: (Prelims) 53. Brittany Covington, 9.11
Long Jump Championship: Andrea Geubelle, Kansas, 21-11.50
MSU: 19. Ebony Brinker, 18-01.00
60m Hurdles Championship: Spencer Adams, Clemson, 7.59
MSU: 6. Nathan Arnett, 7.88
60m Dash Championship: D'Angelo Cherry, Mississippi State, 6.67
Long Jump Championship: Damar Forbes, LSU, 25-10.25
MSU: 8. Jarrett Samuels, 23-05.25
Triple Jump College: Patricia McNish, Albany, 40-04.75
MSU: 3. Ebony Brinker, 39-09.25
Triple Jump Championship: Jason Harper, Mississippi State, 51-11.25
High Jump Championship: Marcus, Jackson, Mississippi State, 7-03.25
1000m Run: Sarah Macpherson, Tulsa, 2:50.74
MSU: 6. Katie Huston, 2:52.22; 17. Chloe Phillips, 2:55.19
1000m Run: Grzegorz Kalinowski, Eastern Michigan, 2:24.79
MSU: 18. Patrick Monaghan, 2:29.10
One Mile Run: Kaylin Belair, Toledo, 4:52.26
MSU: 22. Emma Neigel, 5:00.42; 38. Chloe Phillips, 5:03.93; 40. Katie Huston, 5:05.58
400m Dash: Jody-Ann Muir, Mississippi State, 54.23
200m Dash: Raven Moore, Iowa, 24.30
MSU: 14. Jody-Ann Muir, 24.89
3000m Run: Walter Schafer, Notre Dame, 8:23.17
MSU: 9. Andrew Monaghan, 8:28.11; 14. John Valentine, 8:31.14
400m Dash: Patrick Feeney, Notre Dame, 46.13
MSU: 3. Daundre Barnaby, 47.12; 14. Tavaris Tate, 48.37; 33. Randy Patterson, 49.14
800m Run: Brandon McBride, Mississippi State, 1:47.74
MSU: 1. Brandon McBride, 1:47.74; 45. Patrick Monaghan, 1:55.70