AUSTIN, Texas – To kick off action in the Lone Star State, sophomore Erica Bougard was the only athlete to represent Mississippi State track and field on Wednesday at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Bougard began part one of a two-day heptathlon competition by clocking a 13.39 in the 100-meter hurdles to earn 1,066 points. After winning the first event of the meet, the young Bulldog set a personal-best clearance of 6 feet in the high jump to stay in the lead and gain another 991 points.
Later in the day, Bougard picked up 551 points, throwing for 33-10.75 in the shot put. Her 17th-place finish in the event did not slow her down, as she sealed day-one heptathlon action with a time of 24.20 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Bougard finished with 3,570 points on the day after winning the 200-meter dash and is the leader heading into Thursday’s completion of the competition.
“I couldn’t have asked for better performances today from Erica,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “She’s off to a great start, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do tomorrow.”
Tomorrow the Byhalia, Miss., native will resume her quest to win the heptathlon as events continue at 11 a.m. The long jump, javelin and 800-meter run remain in store for Bougard.
Field events will also be under way on Thursday, beginning with the hammer throw at 12:30 p.m., followed by the start of running events at 4:30 p.m. For complete updates on the 2013 Texas Relays, visit texassports.com and follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@msutracksarah).
Heptathlon 100m Hurldles: Erica Bougard, Mississippi State, 13.39
Heptathlon High Jump: Erica Bougard, Mississippi State, 6-00
Heptathlon Shot Put: Courtney Woodward, Indiana, 41-10.75
MSU: 17. Erica Bougard, 33-10.75
Heptathlon 200m Dash: Erica Bougard, Mississippi State, 24.20