Bulldogs Conclude Day One Of Heptathlon Competition At Samford

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Freshmen Carl Pittman, Zachary Taylor and JaQuarius Wilson sit in fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively, after four completed events in the seven-event competition.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A selective group of Bulldogs represented the Mississippi State track and field team on Wednesday as they competed in the heptathlon at the Samford Multi Invitational held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

Freshmen Carl Pittman, Zachary Taylor and JaQuarius Wilson sit in fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively, after four completed events in the seven-event competition.

“I’m pleased with how these newcomers started out today’s meet,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “I’m excited to see how they finish tomorrow, and I’m glad they can get this experience under their belts.”

Totaling 2,648 points, Taylor posted a first-place finish in the 60-meter dash, clocking 7.07. The Rock Hill, S.C., native followed up with a leap of 22-02.25 in the long jump, the second-best score of the day. With a toss of 28-05.50 in the shot put, Taylor gained another 406 points to his total before closing out the day with a clearance of 5-09.75 in the high jump.

Meanwhile, Pittman garnered 736 points in the 60-meter dash (7.43), coupled with a 19-09.50 leap in the long jump. Later on, he threw 32-09.50 in the shot put, followed by a high jump of 5-06 for 528 points. Hailing from Helena, Ark., Pittman earned 2,342 points on the day.

Sitting in seventh for the Bulldogs, Wilson started off the competition with his best performance, grabbing 749 points in the 60-meter dash (7.39). His leap of 20-02.25 in the long jump earned him another 619 points before tossing 27-08 in the shot put. To finish the competition on day one, Wilson cleared 5-08.50 in the high jump to total 2,337 points.

The MSU men will conclude action tomorrow with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000-meter run. Also to compete on Thursday is defending indoor national pentathlon champion Erica Bougard.

For more information, please visit samfordsports.com, or follow the team on Twitter (@HailStateTF).


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