A weekend in Birmingham on Jan. 19 allowed MSU to shine in multiple events. A team of Lady Bulldogs, comprised of Chloe Phillips, Brittany Covington, Emma Neigel and Katie Huston, posted a time of 11:56.01 seconds to improve upon the Auburn Indoor Invitational record of 12:14.75 seconds in the 4000-meter distance medley. This performance, accompanied with eight other Top 10 finishes at the meet, proved that MSU is ready for some of its toughest competition yet.
Competing this weekend against 99 universities from all over the country, the Bulldogs are looking to repeat last year's New Balance Invitational accomplishments. In 2012, the team brought home a Top 15 finish in each MSU event, including four first-place finishes.
State is also looking to leave its mark on the Big Ten as Notre Dame hosts the Meyo Invite.
"Workouts have been flowing these last couple weeks and everything is beginning to click," said Neigel, a distance veteran. "I know all my teammates and I have the opportunity for greatness this weekend at Notre Dame."
Senior Tavaris Tate is equally eager for the chance to shine on a big stage in Indiana.
"I'm pretty excited for this weekend, but I'm just trying to stay focused like it's my last race," Tate said. "It's my first open 400 since I tore my hamstring at the Olympic trials, so I'm really blessed to have another year competing for State."
The Maroon and White will split meets again next weekend, February 8-9, as some return to familiar Birmingham to compete in the Samford Multi Invite, while others travel to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville.