Bulldogs Excel On National Stage As Griesche Breaks School Record

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WALNUT, Calif. – In one of the country’s most historic track and field events, Mississippi State boasted top performances on Thursday at the Mt. SAC Relays at Hilmer Lodge Stadium at Mt. San Antonio College.

Sophomore Cornelia Griesche’s 3000-meter steeplechase race highlighted the day as she garnered a first-place time of 10:04.05 to crush the MSU record (previously 10:19.70).

Donning a personal-best, freshman Rhianwedd Price posted a 4:16.11 in the women’s 1500-meter run (Olympic Development Elite division) to win the event.

Katie Huston turned in a time of 4:28.37, just a second shy of her personal best, in the women’s 1500-meter run (Open O/U division). The Huntsville, Ala., native finished 32nd in a field of 143 runners.

In the men’s 1500-meter run, Juan Sanchez saw the best mark for the Bulldogs, clocking a 3:51.09 to finish 35th among 118 athletes. Patrick Monaghan followed in 54th at 3:52.82.

Still to come, the Maroon and White will see action at 11:10 p.m. PDT (1:10 a.m. CT). To follow the Bulldogs live, fans can visit www.mtsacrelays.com.

“What an awesome way to begin this weekend’s competition,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “I’m excited to see the rest of our athletes leave their mark on the track on Saturday.”

Tomorrow, MSU is also looking to leave its mark in Baton Rouge after returning to the bayou for the second time this month.

Action at Bernie Moore Track Stadium at LSU is expected to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. CT with field events, followed by running events as early as 10:15 a.m. CT. Competition is scheduled to conclude at 4:25 pm. CT.

Further information on MSU track and field is available by following the team on Twitter (@HailStateTF) and Instagram (HailStateTF).


Women’s Results

1500m Run Open U/O: Abby Regan, Washington State, 4:19.49

MSU: 32. Katie Huston, 4:28.37

1500m Run Olympic Dev. Elite: Rhianwedd Price, Mississippi State, 4:16.11

3000m Steeplechase: Cornelia Griesche, Mississippi State, 10:04.05

Men’s Results

10000m Run Olympic Dev. Elite: Sergio Pedraza Gonzalez, Mexico- FMAA, 29:06.05

MSU: John Valentine, 30:44.80

1500m Run Open U/O: Martin Casse, Texas-Pan American, 3:44.92

MSU: 35. Juan Sanchez, 3:51.09; 54. Patrick Monagahn, 3:52.82; 85. Andrew Monaghan, 3:58.29 


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