BATON ROUGE, La. – Capturing 19 Top 3 finishes, the Mississippi State track and field team will return home from the Battle on the Bayou with a collection of quality performances.
Highlighted by Nathan Arnett’s win in the 400-meter hurdles (51.26), the Bulldogs gained 90 points on the day to finish fifth. Similarly, the MSU women also posted 90 points, placing them in fourth. Both LSU squads claimed team wins at Bernie Moore Track Stadium on Saturday, the men with 140 points and the women with 179.
“The competition was strong in Louisiana,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. "When you compete against that level, it pushes you to compete harder. We had a handful of great performances today.”
The 13th-ranked Maroon and White men were led by strong showings in the field, as A.J. Ward long jumped 23-05.50 to boast a second-place finish, followed by teammates Jason Harper and Jarrett Samuels who tied for third after jumping 21-10.50.
Harper’s momentum continued as he added points for the Bulldogs, leaping 49-09.00 in the triple jump to finish third.
Later in the day, Marcus Jackson cleared 7-01.00 in the high jump, earning a second-place finish. The junior entered the competition as the second-ranked high jumper in the NCAA.
Freshman Scottie Hearns helped pace the men on the track, finishing right behind Arnett in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking a 51.27.
On the women’s side, Jody-Ann Muir and Kanishia Carey posted top speeds for the Lady Bulldogs. Muir’s time of 53.25 placed her second in the 400-meter dash, while Carey finished third in the 800-meter run, turning in a 2:11.24.
Freshman pole vaulter Megan Walker garnered a second-place performance after she cleared 12-09.00. Ebony Brinker and Alyssa Hall also saw Top 3 finishes in their respective events. Brinker’s 40-08.25 landed her third in the triple jump and Hall cleared 5-07.25 in the high jump.
Dudley’s 4x400-meter relay teams earned a pair of third-place finishes as well, as the Lady Bulldog quartet comprised of Muir, Ste’yce McNeil, Brittney Covington and Ocian Archer clocked a 3:40.11. The men’s foursome posted a 3:06.86 in the event. Tavaris Tate, Daundre Barnaby, Brandon McBride and Randy Patterson’s time on Saturday was just over a second more than their season-best 3:05.35, a time that ranks fifth in the NCAA.
MSU track and field will stay on the road next weekend, traveling to Oxford for the Mississippi Open. For more updates on the Bulldogs, follow the team on Twitter (@msutracksarah).
Javelin Throw: Lauren Kenny, Penn State, 167-08
MSU: 4. Allison Storey, 139-00
Pole Vault: Shaylah Simpson, Arizona State, 12-09.00
MSU: 2. Megan Walker, 12-09.00
High Jump: Erika Morgan, Penn State, 5-07.25
MSU: 3. Alyssa Hall, 5-07.25; 5. Erica Bougard, 5-05.25
Discus Throw: Anna Jelmini, Arizona State, 194-05
MSU: 6. Megan Rayford, 144-06
Long Jump: Christabel Nettey, Arizona State, 21-05.25
MSU: 4. Erica Bougard, 19-04.00; 5. Sojourner Ewing, 19.03-50
Hammer Throw: Chelsea Cassulo, Arizona State, 220-10
MSU: 6. Megan Rayford, 149-04
Triple Jump: Lynnika Pitts, LSU, 41-07.75
MSU: 3. Ebony Brinker, 40-08.25
1500m Run: Laura Carleton, LSU, 4:19.99
MSU: 4. Chloe Phillips, 4:27.33; 5. Emma Neigel, 4:35.75; 6. Cornelia Griesche, 4:38.58; 7. Madison Milhoan, 4:47.37; 8. Evie Savage, 4:55.97
100m Hurdles: Jasmin Stowers, LSU, 13.22
MSU: 5. Erica Bougard, 13.81
400m Dash: Natoya Goule, LSU, 53.16
MSU: 2. Jody-Ann Muir, 53.25
800m Run: Andria Aguilar, LSU, 2:09.33
MSU: 3. Kanishia Carey, 2:11.24
400m Hurdles: Keia Pinnick, Arizona State, 57.06
MSU: 6. Brittany Covington, 1:00.46; 8. Ste’yce McNeil, 1:01.20; 10. Ocian Archer, 1:02.21
3000m Run: Laura Carleton, LSU, 9:44.09
MSU: 2. Fabienne Amrhein, 9:55.65; 3. Jodie McGuff, 10.12.79; 4. Renee Masterson, 10:15.25; 6. Carmen Brothers, 10.19.65; 8. Adrianna Poole, 10:37.92
4x400m Relay: LSU, 3:34.82
MSU: 3. Muir, McNeil, Covington, Archer, 3:40.11; 6. Phillips, Neigel, Milhoan, Griesche, 4:06.95
Women's Team Scores
1. LSU, 2. Penn State, 3. Arizona State, 4. Mississippi State
Javelin Throw: Cody Unger, Connecticut, 224-04
MSU: 3. Piotr Antosik, 214-06; 10. Austin Britton, 154-09
Long Jump: Brian Leap, Penn State, 23-08.75
MSU: 2. A.J. Ward, 23-05.50; 3. Jason Harper, 22-10.50; 3. Jarrett Samuels, 22-10.50; 5. Antavius McGhee, 22-10.00
High Jump: Sean Reilly, Penn State, 7-02.25
MSU: 2. Marcus Jackson, 7-01.00
Pole Vault: Derick Hinch, Arizona State, 17-03.00
MSU: 9. Patrick Johnson, 15-09.25; 12. John Bourgeouis, 15-01.50
Triple Jump: Brian Leap, Penn State, 50-02.50
MSU: 3. Jason Harper, 49-09.00
1500m Run: James Agati, Connecticut, 3:52.87
MSU: 3. Patrick Monaghan, 3:53.42; 7. Juan Sanchez, 3:55.95; 9. Cameron Vernier, 3:59.07; 10. Jacob Fuller, 4:02.52
400m Dash: Darrell Bush, LSU, 46.15
MSU: 5. Tavaris Tate, 46.95; 7. Brandon McBride, 47.14; 11. Randy Patterson, 48.02
400m Hurdles: Nathan Arnett, Mississippi State, 51.26
MSU: 2. Scottie Hearns, 51.27
3000m Run: Bryan Fowler, Connecticut, 8:29.97
MSU: 2. Andrew Monaghan, 8:35.10; 4. John Valentine, 8:36.81; 6. Matt Weickert, 8:50.52
4x400m Relay: LSU, 3:06.16
MSU: 3. Tate, Barnaby, McBride, Patterson, 3:06.86; 7. Sanchez, Hearns, Samuels, Monaghan, 3:20.7
Men's Team Scores
1. LSU, 2. Penn State, 3. Arizona State, 4. UConn, 5. Mississippi State