MSU Travels East For Auburn Indoor Invitational

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Freshman Sydney Rodkey helped lead the way for the Lady Bulldogs at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener last Saturday.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - After a stellar showing in Birmingham last weekend, Mississippi State indoor track and field returns to The Magic City in search of even more success at the Auburn Indoor Invitational.

MSU will make the trip east for its third-straight meet in Birmingham to open the season. Coach Steve Dudley's squads will return for a fourth meet next month at the Samford Multi Invite on Feb. 8-9.

The Bulldogs will join five other SEC teams at the meet hosted by the Auburn Tigers. Birmingham has proven a kind destination for MSU so far in the young campaign.

D'Angelo Cherry's victory in the 60-meter dash highlighted an impressive Friday slate for the men at the UAB Blazer Indoor Invite, as they earned three Top 10 finishes. The women also placed three athletes in the Top 10, headlined by Cornelia Griesche's fourth-place effort in the 3000-meter run.

Saturday brought even more success for the Maroon and White at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener. Erica Bougard, a sophomore pentathlete, notched Top 3 finishes in three of her five events, including a first place finish in the 60-meter hurdles. The men completed an outstanding Saturday showing with six Top 3 performances, including a victory in the 4x400-meter relay.

"We have some very talented new additions this year," said sophomore jumper Ebony Brinker. "We all had an awesome training season and I'm super stoked to see what our girls are going to do."

Following Saturday's meet, Mississippi State will spend Groundhog Day in New York for the New Balance Invitational on Feb. 2. Other members of the Bulldog squad will compete in the Meyo Invite in South Bend, Ind., on Feb. 1-2.


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