AUSTIN, Texas – Day three of the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays concluded Friday as two Mississippi State track and field relay teams qualified for Saturday’s finals, highlighted by a win from the 1600-meter sprint medley team at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
"To do so well on a big stage like the Texas Relays is impressive and shows that you can do anything you set your mind to,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “We came here to compete, and you have to have people in the finals if you want to do that."
The quartet comprised of Tavaris Tate, Scottie Hearns, Daundre Barnaby and Brandon McBride posted a time of 3:18.09 to win the sprint medley. Also clocking a top finish for the Bulldogs included the men’s 4x400-meter relay team. Tate, Hearns, Barnaby and Randy Patterson donned a third-place finish in the event. The foursome’s time of 3:09.84 will qualify them for tomorrow’s finals set for 4:05 p.m.
Later in the day, Nathan Arnett earned his ticket to Saturday’s 110-meter hurdles finals by finishing ninth and crossing the line in 14.13 seconds.
In field action, MSU saw a pair of eighth-place finishes, as freshman Pitor Antosik threw for 213-08 in the javelin and Jason Harper jumped 51-06.50 in the triple jump. Although he is just a newcomer on Dudley’s squad, Antosik’s performance in Austin ranks third on the school’s all-time list.
On the women’s side, Alyssa Hall cleared 5-07 in the high jump to warrant a fourth-place finish. Jody-Ann Muir, Kanishia Carey, Erica Bougard and Ocian Archer posted a time of 3:39.39 in the 4x400-meter relay prelims, a speed that ranks 5th in MSU history and placed them 12th.
Stay tuned for updates on the men’s 4x1500-meter relay, which is the last event of the evening. Action will resume tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the women’s discus throw and conclude with the 4x400-meter relay.
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4x400m Relay Prelims: Florida, 3:33.44
MSU: Muir, Carey, Bougard, Archer, 3:39.39- ranks 5th all time
Distance Medley: LSU, 11:23.55
MSU: 6. Phillips, Covington, Amrhein, Masterson, 11:50.97
High Jump (Section B): Sarah Maxson, Indiana, 5-08.75
MSU: 4. Alyssa Hall, 5-07
110m Hurdles University Prelims: Eddie Lovett, Florida, 13.47
MSU: 9. Nathan Arnett, 14.13 q
4x400m Relay Prelims: Oregon, 3:08.18
MSU: 3. Tate, Hearns, Barnaby, Patterson, 3:09.84 q
1600m Sprint Medley: Mississippi State, 3:18.09
Tate, Hearns, Barnaby, McBride
Javelin: Sam Humphreys, Texas A&M, 257-09
MSU: 8. Pitor Antosik, 213-08
Triple Jump (Section A): Omar Craddock, Florida, 53-11
MSU: 8. Jason Harper, 51-06.50
Long Jump (Section A): Marquis Dendy, Florida, 26-09.75
MSU: 12. Jarrett Samuels, 23-04.50