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Bulldog Relay Team Finishes First In Texas

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Tavaris Tate, Brandon McBride, Daundre Barnaby and Randy Patterson teamed up to win the men's 4x400-meter relay in Austin.
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AUSTIN, Texas – Shaving three seconds off its qualifying speed, the Mississippi State 4x400-meter relay team posted a time of 3:05.35 to win the event on Saturday at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

The foursome included Tavaris Tate, Brandon McBride, Daundre Barnaby and Randy Patterson as the Maroon and White crossed the finish line in front of the pack.

“I’m thankful and grateful for having a group of guys who I could connect with and put things together in the race,” Tate said.

After earning runner-up honors in the high jump at the 2013 NCAA Indoor National Championships earlier this month, Marcus Jackson cleared 7-05.25 in Saturday’s competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium. His performance placed him in second, only behind 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Derek Drouin of Indiana.

Meanwhile, Nathan Arnett clocked a 13.94 in the 110-meter hurdles finals to finish ninth, and Lady Bulldog Chloe Phillips grabbed an 11th-place finish in the women’s 1500-meter run with a time of 4:30.17.

To close out women’s action, Jody-Ann Muir, Kanishia Carey, Erica Bougard and Brittney Covington landed a spot in sixth in the 4x400-meter relay finals. The quartet posted a time of 3:39.05.

“Our athletes proved themselves today," MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “They performed at the top of their game, and at the end of the day, they were rewarded for it. If we can keep this momentum going, then I am anxious to see where the rest of the season goes."

MSU will return to Starkville and begin preparation for the Alabama Invite, which is set for April 6 in Tuscaloosa.

For more updates on the Bulldogs, follow the track and field team on Twitter (@msutracksarah).

Day Four Results


1500m Run (Section A): Josephine Adams, North Texas, 4:19.09

MSU: 11. Chloe Phillips, 4:30.17 

4x400m Relay Finals: Elite Performance TC, 3:29.91

MSU: 6. Muir, Carey, Bougard, Covington, 3:39.05


High Jump: Derek Drouin, Indiana, 7-06.50

MSU: 2. Marcus Jackson, 7-05.25

110m Hurdles Finals: Johnathan Cabral, Oregon, 13.33

MSU: 9. Nathan Arnett, 13.94 

4x400m Relay Finals: Mississippi State, 3:05.35

Tate, McBride, Barnaby, Patterson


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