FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – To close out the 2014 Tyson Invitational on Saturday, the Mississippi State track and field team posted 10 top-10 finishes, highlighted by wins in the women’s distance medley relay and 3000-meter run, along with the men’s high jump championship.
“We came out here and really had a strong finish,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “With only two weeks before the conference championships, it was critical for our squads to use this opportunity to execute what they’ve worked on in practice. I believe they did that today.”
The MSU women's distance medley relay, comprised of Katie Huston, Erica Bougard, Ocian Archer and Rhianwedd Price, captured the win in 11:15.34. With the first-place finish, the women broke an 11-year-old school record (previously 11:18.04) and were ahead of Southeastern Conference foes Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Their speed will likely rank the foursome Top 15 in the nation.
Sophomore Cornelia Griesche also found herself ahead of the pack, winning the women's 3000-meter run in 9:38.97. Emma Neigel (9:48.81), Lisa Ziegler (9:56.87) and Jodie McGuff (10:11.96) followed Griesche in second, seventh and 14th, respectively.
All-American Marcus Jackson won the high jump championship, clearing 7-05.25. He entered the meet ranked 4th nationally after finishing second at last year’s NCAA Indoors.
Off the track, triple jumpers Ebony Brinker and Jason Harper both garnered fourth-place finishes. Brinker’s leap of 41-08.50 landed her No. 3 on MSU’s all-time indoor performance list, while Harper posted a 52-07.25.
Another Maroon and White distance medley relay team was also successful as Dudley’s men clocked a 9:47.41 to finish fourth. Patrick Monaghan, Steve Shoto, Juan Sanchez and Damian Roszko made up the quartet.
Rounding out action on day two at Randal Tyson Track, the MSU men’s 4x400-meter relay team posted a 3:09.24 to land a spot in fifth and top five other SEC foursomes.
After returning from Fayetteville, the MSU teams will begin preparation for the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 21-22 in South Bend, Ind. The meet will mark the Bulldogs’ last regular season competition.
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Women’s Day Two Results
200m Dash: Tynia Gaither, USC, 23.31
MSU: 50. Euricka Hardy, 24.94; 60. Peli Alzola, 25.26; 63. Shayla Luckett, 25.30
3000m Run: Cornelia Griesche, Mississippi State, 9:38.97
MSU: 2. Emma Neigel, 9:48.81; 7. Lisa Ziegler, 9:56.87; 14. Jodie McGuff, 10:11.96
Distance Medley Relay: Mississippi State, 11:15.34
4x400m Relay: Texas, 3:30.12
MSU: 17. 3:41.83
Triple Jump Championship: Tamara Myers, Arkansas, 42-08.00
MSU: 4. Ebony Brinker, 41-08.50
Men’s Day Two Results
3000m Run: Emmett Cookson, Tulsa, 8:22.31
MSU: 4. John Valentine, 8:27.79; 8. Andrew Monaghan, 8:37.97; 18. Philip Johnson, 8:53.36
Distance Medley: Arkansas, 9:44.22
MSU: 4. 9:47.41
High Jump Championship: Marcus Jackson, Mississippi State, 7-05.25
Triple Jump Championship: Latario Collie-Minns, IWCC, 54-10.25
MSU: 4. Jason Harper, 52-07.25
4x400m Relay: LSU, 3:04.60
MSU: 5. 3:09.24