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Bulldogs Travel to Tuscaloosa For Alabama Invite

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Adrianna Poole will compete Saturday in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. – After an impressive showing in the Lone Star State, Mississippi State track and field will make the 80-mile trip east for the Alabama Invite in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

Squads from Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Penn State will join the Bulldogs for the one-day meet hosted by the Alabama Crimson Tide. MSU will have 40 athletes competing this weekend at the Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium, covering a total of 32 different events.

The Bulldogs change up their relay teams on Saturday, testing the foursome of Tavaris Tate, Scottie Hearns, Jarrett Samuels and Randy Patterson in the 4x400-meter relay.  Last weekend in Texas, Tate, Daundre Barnaby and Brandon McBride joined Patterson for the relay, where the Maroon and White raced to a first-place finish, clocking a time of 3:05.35. On the women’s side, freshman Ste’yce McNeil will connect with Brittney Covington, Kanishia Carey and Ocian Archer in the women’s 4x400-meter relay. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing our athletes compete Saturday,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “We have a lot of momentum coming off a great weekend at the Texas Relays, and this will be another chance to keep improving.”

Events start at 10:30 a.m., beginning with the men’s hammer throw and are expected to conclude at 8:30 p.m. with the women’s 4x400-meter relay.

Following this weekend’s action, MSU will head to Baton Rouge for the Battle on the Bayou on April 13.

For all the latest updates on the Alabama Invite, visit rolltide.com and follow Bulldog track and field on Twitter (@msutracksarah).


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