NEW YORK CITY – In one of its largest meets this season, Mississippi State was in the spotlight on day one of the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational as the MSU women’s distance medley relay team clocked an 11:38.93 to win the event.
“This was the hardest I’ve ever seen us fight,” MSU Coach Steve Dudley said. “Both the men and the women fought for every single point that we earned. I am so incredibly proud of the way they represented Mississippi State today.”
“It was definitely a great feeling for our hard work to pay off,” Huston said. “This win was really rewarding. We couldn’t have won without heart, and my girls had so much heart tonight.”
With more than 100 universities in attendance from across the nation, the MSU women saw another big win as Rhianwedd Price took first in the 1000-meter run championship, posting a 2:47.32.
Freshman Euricka Hardy also garnered a top score for the Lady Bulldogs during the women’s 60-meter dash college section. The Oma, Miss., native finished second with a time of 7.57.
Juniors Erica Bougard and Ocian Archer saw two more Top 5 running performances as Bougard placed third in the 60-meter hurdles championship (8.41) and Archer finished fifth in the women’s 500-meter dash championship (1:13.64).
Off the track, Rochelle Farquharson (20-03.00) and Bougard (20-02.50) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the women's long jump championship.
Freshman James Anderson is already making an immediate impact for MSU, clocking a 6.99 in the men’s 60-meter dash college section to land a spot in fifth.
All-American Jarrett Samuels closed out action for the men with a leap of 24-01.00 in the long jump championship to finish fifth.
Posting some of the best scores of day one, the Bulldogs are in a solid spot to be in trophy contingency heading into the second day of competition. The women sit just behind Southeastern Conference foe No. 7 Arkansas, and are tied with defending national champion No. 10 Kansas. The MSU men are two teams back from first, right behind No. 4 Wisconsin and Duke.
Day two is slated to get underway at 8:30 a.m.
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Women’s Day One Results
500m Dash Championship: Diamond Dixon, Kansas, 1:10.06
MSU: 5. Ocian Archer, 1:13.64
1000m Run Championship: Rhianwedd Price, Mississippi State, 2:47.32
Distance Medley Relay College: Mississippi State, 11:38.93
60m Hurdles Championship: Nnenya Hailey, Arizona, 8.21
MSU: 3. Erica Bougard, 8.41
Long Jump Championship: Teiara Denmark, Hampton, 20-06.50
MSU: 3. Rochelle Farquharson, 20-03.00; 4. Erica Bougard, 20-02.50
60m Dash College: Kimberly Azie, Wisconsin, 7.56
MSU: 2. Euricka Hardy, 7.57
Men’s Day One Results
1000m Run Championship: Jessee Garn, Binghamton, 2:21.99
MSU: 4. Damian Roszko, 2:24.42; 5. Andrew Monaghan, 2:25.31; 15. Juan Sanchez, 2:27.47
500m Dash Championship: Brycen Spratling, Pittsburgh, 1:00.85
MSU: 2. Brandon McBride, 1:01.40; 3. Scottie Hearn, 1:01.58; 11. Alistair Moona, 1:04.53; 12. Dustin James II, 1:04.87
60m Hurdles Championship (Semis): Robert Semien, Ole Miss, 7.81q
MSU: 16. Jovan Davis, 8.06
Long Jump Championship: Corey Crawford, Rutgers, 26-01.75
MSU: 5. Jarrett Samuels, 24-01.00
60m Dash College: Aaron Lejeune, UTSA, 6.91
MSU: 5. James Anderson, 6.99
200m Dash College (Prelims): Alton Eliphar, Florida Int., 21.90q
MSU: 9. James Anderson, 22.14