COLUMBIA, Mo. – On the final day of action at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships, the Mississippi State track and field team collected four Top 5 finishes, highlighted by outstanding field performances.
“We had a handful of really great showings today,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “I’m proud of the efforts both groups gave, and now it’s time to turn our focus to Nationals.”
Marcus Jackson, who entered the competition as the No. 4 high jumper in the NCAA and best in the conference, will return home with a third-place finish. The Carrollton, Miss., native cleared a best of 7-00.50 on the day, and his performance earned six points for Dudley’s men.
Junior Jason Harper leaped a personal-best 52-02.75 in the triple jump to garner a third-place finish as well, as he collected six more points for the Bulldogs.
Lady Bulldogs Ebony Brinker and Erica Bougard also picked up two sets of points in the triple jump. Bougard posted a 41-05 to finish seventh, while Brinker’s 41-09.75, a lifetime best for the sophomore, ranks fifth on the MSU performance list. The two ladies combined for five points.
“It felt pretty good to get some points for my team,” said Brinker, who finished sixth. “I felt confident about today and was blessed enough to get a good jump early and solidify my spot to Regionals.”
Only a freshman, young hurdler Scottie Hearns clocked a 50.56 in the men’s 400-meter hurdles finals after running a 51.02 in Friday’s prelims. His time is not only a personal best, but moved him into the NCAA’s Top 5 for this season.
Fellow hurdler Ocian Archer also set a personal record as she finished seventh in the women’s 400-meter hurdles finals with a time of 59.82, grabbing two points for the MSU women.
Throwing a lifetime-best 145-05, junior Allison Storey posted a seventh-place finish in the javelin, which scored also scored two points.
In the 400-meter finals, senior Jody-Ann Muir contributed to the women’s point total, tallying on three with her time of 53.83, which placed her sixth.
Representing State’s distance athletes, Juan Sanchez earned three points for the men as his speed of 3:52.34 landed him sixth in the men’s 1500-meter finals.
To close out weekend action at Audrey J. Walton Stadium, the Maroon and White 4x400-meter relay teams both saw successful outcomes. Finishing in the top half of the competition, the quartet of Archer, Muir, Ste’yce McNeil and Bougard raced a 3:38.83 to land a spot in sixth. Turning in a Top 5 performance, Tavaris Tate, Randy Patterson, Daundre Barnaby and Brandon McBride sealed a fourth-place finish, clocking a 3:05.59.
The Bulldogs totaled 33 points on the weekend to finish 11th in the conference, while the women’s 35 points garnered a spot in 10th.
After returning home, MSU will have a week off before heading to Greensboro, N.C., on May 23-25 for the NCAA East Preliminary.
Javelin Throw: Marija Vucenovic, Florida, 173-07
MSU: 7. Allison Storey, 145-05
400m Dash: Regina George, Arkansas, 51.74
MSU: 6. Jody-Ann Muir, 53.83
Triple Jump: Ciarra Brewer, Florida, 45-05.25
MSU: 6. Ebony Brinker, 41-09.75; 7. Erica Bougard, 41-05
400m Hurdles: Sparkle McNight, Arkansas, 55.71
MSU: 7. Ocian Archer, 59.82
5000m Run: Chelsea Oswald, Kentucky, 16:01.50
MSU: 13. Chloe Phillips, 16:48.24; 19. Fabienne Amrhein, 17:00.86; 33. Renee Masterson, 17:28.08; 40. Emma Neigel, 17:39.97; 41. Carmen Brothers, 17:43.81; 43. Cornelia Griesche, 17:51.89; 45. Jodie McGuff, 18:30.95
4x400m Relay: Arkansas, 3:30.06
MSU: 6. Archer, Muir, McNeil, Bougard, 3:38.83
1. Texas A&M 117
2. LSU 112
3. Arkansas 109
4. Florida 106
5. Georgia 87
6. Missouri 49
7. Kentucky 46
8. South Carolina 41
9. Tennessee 38.5
10. Mississippi State 35
11. Auburn 32.5
12. Alabama 20
13. Vanderbilt 16
14. Ole Miss 9
Triple Jump: Omar Craddock, Florida, 54-00
MSU: 3. Jason Harper, 52-02.75
1500m Run: Patrick Rono, Arkansas, 3:50.22
MSU: 6. Juan Sanchez, 3:52.34
High Jump: D.J. Smith, Auburn, 7-02.25
MSU: 3. Marcus Jackson, 7-00.50
400m Hurdles: Caleb Cross, Arkansas, 50.42
MSU: 3. Scottie Hearns, 50.56
5000m Run: Kemoy Campbell, Arkansas, 13:57.17
MSU: 16. John Valentine, 14:48.84; 25. Juan Sanchez, 15:02.62; 34. Cameron Vernier, 15:34.59
4x400m Relay: Texas A&M, 3:03.14
MSU: 4. Tate, Patterson, Barnaby, McBride, 3:05.59
1. Arkansas 152.5
2. Florida 123
3. Texas A&M 118
4. LSU 72.5
5. Georgia 56
6. Alabama 52
7. Kentucky 46
8. Ole Miss 39
9. Auburn 37
9. Missouri 37
11. Mississippi State 33
11. Tennessee 33
13. South Carolina 16