ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – On day two of the NCAA Indoor Championships at Albuquerque Convention Center, Mississippi State track and field claimed its third national champion in two years as sophomore Brandon McBride won the 800-meter run.
McBride, who entered the meet as the No. 4 seed, clocked a 1:48.17 to win the event.
“It’s a great feeling being a national champion,” McBride said. “It was very tough to come out with the win. I definitely couldn’t have done it without the special people in my life and my coaching staff. They’ve made this all possible, and I owe this to them.”
Also on Saturday, junior Erica Bougard improved the MSU pentathlon record by totaling a personal-best 4,586 points for a second-place finish. Bougard, who won last year’s pentathlon championship, broke a NCAA record with her score. She began the day with a personal record in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 8.31 to finish third and collect 1,059 points.
Later on, the Byhalia, Miss., native cleared a personal-best 5-10.50 in the high jump to tack on an additional 966 points to her total and finish fourth. Up next, Bougard tossed 41-00.50 in the shot put, before leaping 20-07.75 in the long jump for a spot in fifth. To close out the women’s pentathlon competition, Bougard clocked a 2:12.63 to gain 926 points in the 800-meter run for a first-place finish.
Also in action on day two, senior Jason Harper finished 10th in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 51-05.00.
The MSU women finished 10th overall with 18 points, while the men landed in 12th with 16 points. This marks the women’s best NCAA finish in school history after they entered the meet ranked 11th, their highest indoor ranking in MSU history, also.
“I couldn’t be more excited for this program,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “These athletes have worked so hard, and I am truly proud of how they represented Mississippi State. I can’t wait to get the outdoor season rolling.”
To begin the outdoor season, the Bulldogs will hit the road on March 22 to travel to Tuscaloosa for the Alabama Relays.
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Day Two Results
Women’s Pentathlon: Kendell Williams, Georgia, 4,635
MSU: 2. Erica Bougard, 4,586
Pentathlon 60m Hurdles: Kendell Williams, Georgia, 8.21
MSU: 3. Erica Bougard, 8.31
Pentathlon High Jump: Kendell Williams, Georgia, 6-02.00
MSU: 4. Erica Bougard, 5-10.50
Pentathlon Shot Put: Sarah Chauchard, Eastern Michigan, 43-08.50
MSU: 5. Erica Bougard, 41-00.50
Pentathlon Long Jump: Kendell Williams, Georgia, 20-09.00
MSU: 2. Erica Bougard, 20-07.75
Pentathlon 800m Run: Erica Bougard, 2:12.63
Men’s Triple Jump: Felix Obi, Baylor, 54-05.25
MSU: 10. Jason Harper, 51-05.00
Men’s 800m Run: Brandon McBride, Mississippi State, 1:48.17