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Senior Jody-Ann Muir will advance to tomorrow's 400-meter dash finals, which are scheduled for 1:45 p.m.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Day two of the 2013 Indoor Southeastern Conference Championships saw a variety of action from the Mississippi State indoor track and field team, as the women claimed three personal bests and advanced two others into tomorrow's finals at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

"After losing the second-place points in the pentathlon yesterday, our ladies came out today with an unbelievable desire to perform at a higher level than they ever had before," coach Steve Dudley said.

Erica Bougard continued to shine on Saturday, seizing the runner-up title in the women's long jump. A valued leader for the Lady Bulldogs, Bougard jumped 20-05.75 on the day and picked up eight points for the team. The sophomore also earned herself a spot in the 60-meter hurdles finals with a time of 8.40 seconds.

"I started my day with a clear mind," Bougard said. "It felt so great to get second place after being disqualified in the 800 of my pentathlon. It was such a sad day for me yesterday after working so hard to get here, but with the help of my wonderful teammates, coaches and staff, I was able to push through and do even better."

Young pole vaulter Megan Walker posted a score of 12-07.50 in her conference-championships debut to set a personal record and finish 10th in the conference.

Later in the day, junior Chloe Phillip's time of 4:51.67 in the mile prelims gave her a personal best and broke into the Top 4 on MSU's all-time indoor list.

Running the 400-meter dash prelims in a season-best 53.87, senior Jody-Ann Muir also qualified for finals, scheduled for Sunday at 1:45 p.m.

"We have had 18 performances so far this weekend with 14 of the 18 being the best of the season," Dudley said. "If these ladies continue this focus and determination, our team will finish Top 25 in the country."

After two days of action, the Lady Bulldogs stand in 11th place with eight points.

Action will resume tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. as Bougard starts the day for the Maroon and White in the 60-meter hurdles finals. Still to come on day three, the MSU women will compete in the distance medley relay, high jump, triple jump and 4x400-meter relay.

For live updates of Sunday's competition, follow MSU on twitter (@msutracksarah) and check SECDigitalNetwork.com for complete results.


Women- Day Two

Pole Vault: Alexis Paine, Alabama, 13-08.50
MSU: 10. Megan Walker, 12-07.50

60m Hurdles Prelims: Jasmin Stowers, LSU, 8.21
MSU: 8. Erica Bougard, 8.40 q

Long Jump: Chanice Porter, 21-00.50
MSU: 2. Erica Bougard, 20-05.25; 16. Sojourner Ewing, 19-02.00

One Mile Prelims: Grace Heymsfield, Arkansas, 4:43.15
MSU: 15. Chloe Phillips, 4:51.67; 23. Fabienne Amrhein, 4:59.36; 27. Emma Neigel, 5:08.00; 29. Katie Huston, 5:16.38

400m Dash Prelims: Regina George, Arkansas, 51.47
MSU: 8. Jody-Ann Muir, 53.87 q; 26. Ocian Archer, 56.63; 32. Brittany Covington, 57.44

3,000m Run: Cally Macumber, Kentucky, 9:15.17
MSU: 20. Cornelia Griesche, 9:57.49; 27. Renee Masterson, 10:19.53


Current Team Standings
1. Arkansas, 37
2. Georgia, 28
3. Florida, 27.5
4. Kentucky, 15
5. LSU, 13.5
6. South Carolina, 13
6. Tennessee, 13
8. Alabama, 12
9. Missouri, 11
10. Texas A&M, 10
11. Mississippi State, 8
12. Auburn, 7


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