PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – Concluding the largest and oldest track meet in the country, Mississippi State track and field wrapped up day three of the 119th Penn Relays by earning all Top 5 finishes, including one which broke a 3-year-old school record.
“We proved that we belong among the premier athletes,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “Our athletes gave it their all. They left everything on the track, and I am proud of their efforts today.”
In front of a crowd of 48, 871 fans, Lady Bulldogs Ocian Archer, Jody-Ann Muir, Ste'yce McNeil and Erica Bougard finished second in the women’s 4x400-meter relay college competition on Saturday at Franklin Field. Their time of 3:34.88 was not only the quartet’s best race of the season, but broke a school record previously set in 2010 (3:36.43). The women’s performance placed MSU ahead of Southeastern Conference foes Kentucky and South Carolina in the event.
MSU field athletes also excelled on the final day of action as Marcus Jackson cleared 7-02.50 in the high jump to garner a second-place finish. Jackson, who entered the competition as the third-ranked high jumper in the NCAA, finished only behind 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Derek Drouin of Indiana.
Earlier in the day, newcomer Piotr Antosik threw the javelin for 221-08.00 to land a spot in third, while Jason Harper leaped 50-06.00 in the triple jump to finish fifth. Antosik’s score was a personal-best and will place him third on MSU’s all-time list.
“Overall, we had a successful showing this year at the Penn Relays,” Dudley said. “Now it is time to put the regular season behind us. We have got to set our focus on championship season and continuing to qualify for the NCAAs.”
Dudley’s team will have a two-week break before it heads to Columbia, Mo., for the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships hosted by Missouri on May 9-12.
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College 4x400m Relay College: Coastal Carolina, 3:34.23
MSU: 2. Ocian Archer, Jody-Ann Muir, Ste'yce McNeil, Erica Bougard, 3:34.88
Olympic Development Mile Run: Nancy Langat, 4:28.50
MSU: 9. Chloe Phillips, 4:44.44
College Javelin Throw Championship: Tomas Guerra, Western Kentucky, 23-08.00
MSU: 3. Piotr Antosik, 221-08.00
College High Jump Championship: Derek Drouin, 7-07.75
MSU: 2. Marcus Jackson, 7-02.50
College Triple Jump Championship: Damon McLean, Princeton, 52-04.00
MSU: 5. Jason Harper, 50-06.00