GREENSBORO, N.C. – Call it continued success on the final day of the NCAA East Track & Field Preliminary Round as Mississippi State advanced four more events to the nationals.
Jason Harper, a junior from Milford, Del., jumpstarted the Bulldogs’ day as he placed eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 50-08.00.
Then it was the All-American Marcus Jackson showcasing his talents, as he finished tied for first in the high jump at 7-01.50, his third-best jump of the year.
“Getting back and competing at the nationals has been Marcus’ goal all year, and now he has that chance,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “His focus has been great, but he’s not satisfied to just get there. For Jason, this will be his first time on the big stage, but he wasn’t at all intimidated by the moment Saturday. Like Marcus, he had a goal this weekend, and he achieved it.”
On the track, MSU advanced in both the men’s and women’s 4x400-meter relay.
The women’s foursome of Ste’yce McNeil, Jody-Ann Muir, Ocian Archer and Erica Bougard posted a time of 3:34.29 to place 10th, while the men’s team of Tavaris Tate, Randy Patterson, Daundre Barnaby and Brandon McBride finished second at 3:05.88.
“It was a great way to end the weekend with both 4x400 teams qualifying,” Dudley said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I know the kids are ready for the next challenge.”
In all, Mississippi State will compete in eight events at the nationals, slated for June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.