The men, entering weekend competition ranked 12th in the nation, proved why they belong in that coveted spot. Brandon McBride and Nathan Arnett both enjoyed top finishes in their events. Freshman McBride (47.02) seized a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash, while Arnett (7.85) finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries to land him a spot in tomorrow's finals.
Senior D'Angelo Cherry followed fellow Bulldogs in similar speedy fashion. With his fourth-place finish in the 60-meter dash, Cherry's time of 6.68 seconds in preliminaries qualified him Saturday's finals.
Later in the day, All-American Jarrett Samuels (24-03.50) long-jumped his way to victory, finishing first in a field of nearly 40 jumpers.
"If felt good to finally break five minutes today," Huston said. "I was so excited to race, and I can't wait to see the rest of my team compete tonight and tomorrow."
Action will resume tomorrow in Fayetteville at 1 p.m., as day two kicks off with the 200-meter dash. Other Bulldogs will begin competition at 9:30 Saturday morning at the Samford Multi and Invitational in Birmingham.
One Mile Run College: Darroneshia Lott, South Plains, 4:49.79
MSU: 2. Katie Huston, 4:55.78; 7. Fabienne Amrhein, 5:02.28
400 M College: Raena Rhone, Baylor, 54.09
MSU: 37. Ocian Archer, 56.83; 38. Kanisha Carey, 56.86
60 M Hurdles Prelims: Tiffani McReynolds, Baylor, 8.20
MSU: 29. Erica Bougard, 8.78; 33. Ste'yce McNeil, 8.88; 45. Brittany Covington, 10.07
Long Jump College: A'Lexus Brannon, Texas, 20-05.25
MSU: 16. Ebony Brinker, 18-07.00
5000 M Run: Shannon Klenke, Arkansas, 16:58.10
MSU: 4. Jodie McGuff, 17:46.02
400 M College: Kyle Clemons, Kansas, 46.85
MSU: 3. Brandon McBride, 47.02; 24. Randy Patterson, 48.83
60 M Hurdles Prelims: Jordan Mullen, Iowa, 7.73
MSU: 5. Nathan Arnett, 7.85 Q
60 M Prelims: Dentarius Locke, Florida State, 6.63
MSU: 4. D'Angelo Cherry, 6.68
Long Jump College: Jarrett Samuels, Mississippi State, 24-03.50