MSUís Success Continues At Tyson Invitational

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All-American Brandon McBride posted a 1:47.51 to finish first in the menís 800-meter run championship.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In its first time back at the Randal Tyson Track Center since last year’s Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships, the Mississippi State track and field team picked up right where it left off in the Big Apple last weekend.

The Bulldogs totaled nine Top 10 finishes on day one of the Tyson Invitational as the Arkansas Razorbacks hosted a houseful of talent. In the midst of nine ranked men’s teams and four ranked women’s teams, the MSU squads continued to prove why they both own the nation’s No. 17 spots.

“We had some strong performances today,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “We’re going up against some really great teams, and we’ll have to continue to bring our best again tomorrow.”

All-American Brandon McBride posted a 1:47.51 to finish first in the men’s 800-meter run championship. His speed was narrowly shy of his personal best (1:46.07).

Also having a first-place finish was Rhianwedd Price in the women’s one mile championship. The freshman, who most recently earned USTFCCCA Individual All-Academic honors, clocked a time of 4:39.37 to place her second on MSU’s all-time performance list in the event.

Veteran John Valentine finished second in the men’s 5000-meter run with a time of 14:24.82.

Distance runners Katie Huston (4:52.73) and Emma Neigel (5:02.50) finished second and 11th, respectively, in the women’s one mile college section. Huston’s time garnered a personal best in the event.

Sophomore Scottie Hearn had an impressive showing in the 400-meter dash, clocking a 47.39 to finish 11th in a field of 51 runners.

Later on, a threesome of Bulldogs posted top speeds in the men’s one mile championship. Damian Roszko (4:07.61), Patrick Monaghan (4:09.29) and Juan Sanchez (4:10.00) finished fourth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

In the field, long jumpers Rochelle Farquharson (19-11.50) and All-American Erica Bougard (19-09.25) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Action will continue tomorrow beginning at noon with the shot put. For results and more information, visit or follow MSU track and field on Twitter (@HailStateTF).

Women’s Day One Results
One Mile Run College: Lily Williams, Vanderbilt, 4:50.98
MSU: 2. Katie Huston, 4:52.73; 11. Emma Neigel, 5:02.50

400m Dash:
MSU: 40. Ocian Archer, 56.24

60m Hurdles (Prelims): Le’Tristan Pledger, Texas Tech, 8:12
MSU: 20. Ste’yce McNeil, 8.53; 26. Erica Bougard, 8.57

800m Run: Shawnice Williams, Nebraska, 2:07.67
MSU: 17. Kaelin Kersh, 2:13.79

60m Dash: Dezerea Bryant, Kentucky, 7.26
MSU: 47. Euricka Hardy, 7.72; 54. Peli Alzola, 7.86

60m Hurdles (Semis): Jasmin Stowers, LSU, 8.08
MSU: 18. Ste’yce McNeil, 8.55

One Mile Championship: Rhianwedd Price, 4:39.37

Long Jump Championship: Nataliyah Friar, LSU, 20-08.00
MSU: 6. Rochelle Farquharson, 19-11.50; 7. Erica Bougard, 19-09.25

Men’s Day One Results

400m Dash: Vernon Norwood, LSU, 45.81
MSU: 11. Scottie Hearn, 47.39 

60m Hurdles (Prelims): Chris Caldwell, ICCC, 7.80
MSU: 13. Jovan Davis, 8.08

800m Run College: Blair Henderson, LSU, 1:49.70
MSU: 24. Steve Shoto, 1:54.68

800m Run Championship: Brandon McBride, Mississippi State, 1:47.51

60m Hurdles (Semis): Chris Caldwell, ICCC, 7.77
MSU: 11. Jovan Davis, 8.06

5000m Run: Brian Barraza, Houston, 14:23.29
MSU: 2. John Valentine, 14:24.82

One Mile Championship: Ezekiel Kissorio, Texas Tech, 4:05.84
MSU: 4. Damian Roszko, 4:07.61; 7. Patrick Monaghan, 4:09.29; 8. Juan Sanchez, 4:10.00

Long Jump Championship: Raymond Higgs, Arkansas, 26-02.75
MSU: 12. Jarrett Samuels, 23-11.50


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