NEW YORK CITY – Experiencing the Big Apple in style, Mississippi State track and field carried its momentum from a successful day one to capture second-place finishes at the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.
Competing against 101 universities from across the country, the Maroon and White topped Southeastern Conference rivals Alabama, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The MSU women tallied 62 points on the weekend to finish behind No. 7 Arkansas, while the men totaled 59 points, nearly outscoring No. 4 Wisconsin (62 points).
“Our teams have been training extremely hard, and to go out there and perform the way they did was outstanding,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “This meet is one of the most well-recognized and respected competitions in the country. I’m so happy for them, because they really deserve this.”
The Bulldogs’ accomplishments on day two were seen across the board as they posted top performances both on and off the track.
All-American Brandon McBride clocked a 1:48.29 to win the 800-meter run, narrowly missing a meet record by five hundredths of a second.
Marcus Jackson, who won the high jump at last year's Armory Invite, finished second at the New Balance Track and Field Center by clearing 7-03.75 in the event.
The MSU men’s and women’s relay teams saw a variety of Top 5 finishes as the day continued. Both Bulldog 4x800-meter relays posted second-place finishes, the women in 9:00.63 and the men in 7:33.15. Dudley’s men were only 0.03 seconds shy of first.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay clocked a third-place speed with 3:10.84, while the Lady Bulldogs claimed a fourth-place finish in the 4x200-meter relay (1:39.34).
“Our relays really executed well today, and without a disqualification in the men’s 4x200, we could’ve captured first-place overall,” Dudley said. “The handoff style we use of glancing back before grabbing the baton didn’t fit well with this track’s structure, causing us to run off the track on the first handoff. I should have studied the facility better, and this would have allowed us to alter the handoffs to better fit the layout of the track.”
This small mishap failed to slow down MSU, as freshman Rhianwedd Price posted a third-place time of 4:41.75 in the women’s one mile championship, a speed that places her third on MSU’s all-time performance list.
Triple jumper and All-American Jason Harper finished fourth in the event with a leap of 50-10.00. Lady leapers Rochelle Farquharson (41-05.75) and Ebony Brinker (41-05.25) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Meanwhile, distance runner Cornelia Griesche saw a seventh-place finish in the college section of the women’s 3000-meter run.
After returning from New York City, the Bulldog squads will begin preparation for the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville on Feb. 21-22.
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Women’s Day Two Results
One Mile Championship: Rachel Schneider, Unattached, 4:37.98
MSU: 3. Rhianwedd Price, 4:41.75
4x200m Relay Championship: South Carolina, 1:37.18
MSU: 4. 1:39.34
4x400m Relay Championship: South Carolina, 3:37.79
MSU: 11. 3:43.45
4x800m Relay Championship: Kansas, 8:51.19
MSU: 2. 9:00.63
Triple Jump Championship: Christina Epps, Coppin State, 43-02.25
MSU: 6. Rochelle Farquharson, 41-05.75; 7. Ebony Brinker, 41-05.25
3000m Run College: Jessica Kamilos, Arkansas, 9:32.40
MSU: 7. Cornelia Griesche, 9:44.93; 19. Lisa Ziegler, 10:06.35
Men’s Day Two Results
800m Run Championship: Brandon McBride, Mississippi State, 1:48.29
4x400m Relay Championship: Pittsburgh, 3:09.08
MSU: 3. 3:10.84
4x800m Relay Championship: Albany, 7:33.12
MSU: 2. 7:33.15
High Jump Championship: Nick Ross, Arizona, 7-05.00
MSU: 2. Marcus Jackson, 7-03.75
Triple Jump Championship: Damon McLean, Princeton, 51-06.50
MSU: 4. Jason Harper, 50-10.00
3000m Run College: James Wilson, Kansas, 8:11.09
MSU: 11. Andrew Monaghan, 8:25.72; 13. John Valentine, 8:27.78