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MSU Men And Women Dominate On Day Two Of Alabama Relays

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March 22, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Wins in the 400-meter hurdles and 1600-meter sprint medley relay highlighted the day for Mississippi State track and field as day two of the John Mitchell Alabama Relays concluded at Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium.

“We really came out there today and started this outdoor season off right,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “I’m thrilled with how many personal bests we had, and I hope the momentum from today continues into Saturday.”

In all, MSU totaled 17 top-10 performances on Friday.

Junior Ocian Archer clocked a 1:00.07 in the women’s 400-meter hurdles to win the event. Her speed was just shy of her personal-best 59.82 as she posted the highest finish of the day for the MSU women.

For the men, it was the quartet of Scottie Hearn, Marshall Nunn, Alistair Moona and Steve Shoto who dominated the competition, capturing a first-place finish in the men’s 1600-meter sprint medley relay. The foursome’s time of 3:23.37 garnered the most convincing win of the evening.

Also boasting top performances were distance runners Cornelia Griesche (4:29.26) and Emma Neigel (4:29.49). The pair finished second and third, respectively, in the women’s 1500-meter run en route to setting personal bests. Freshman Lisa Ziegler followed in 8th with a time of 4:33.39.

Donning another personal record, junior Jodie McGuff clocked a 17:24.43 to finish fifth in the women’s 5000-meter run.

In the field, standout triple jumper Ebony Brinker posted a mark of 41-04.25 for the second-best jump of the day. Meanwhile, junior Abigaill Dill garnered a personal-best 5-05.00 in the high jump to finish fourth.

Javon Davis and Hearn posted second- and third-place times, respectively, in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. Davis crossed the line in 52.14, while Hearn followed at 52.63.

Sprinter Dustin James, II earned a third-place finish in the men’s 400-meter dash with a speed of 48.19.

MSU men’s distance runners Damian Roszko (3:47.78) and Andrew Monaghan (3:51.97) also saw success on Friday. Roszko finished fourth in the men’s 1500-meter run, and Monaghan came in ninth.

As the men’s decathlon wrapped up its final five events, freshman JaQuarius Wilson found himself sixth overall with 6,201 points.

Action continues tomorrow as the Tide-hosted event gets underway at noon. The Bulldogs will see action in 12 events, and the meet is expected to conclude at 5:30 p.m.

Fans traveling east to watch the Maroon and White can visit www.rolltide.com for directions, parking maps and further information.

Live results and updates will be provided through www.branchsportstech.com, as well as the MSU track and field Twitter account (@HailStateTF).

Women’s Results
4x200m Relay: Stephen F. Austin, 1:36.67
MSU: 6. E. Hardy, K. Wallace, P. Alzola, S. McNeil, 1:39.47

400m Hurdles: Ocian Archer, Mississippi State, 1:00.07

Triple Jump: India Hammond, Midd. Tenn. State, 41-07.25
MSU: 2. Ebony Brinker, 41-04.25

1500m Run: Kimberley Ficenec, Alabama, 4:26.13
MSU: 2. Cornelia Griesche, 4:29.26; 3. Emma Neigel, 4:29.49; 8. Lisa Ziegler, 4:33.39

High Jump: Saniel Atkinson-Grier, Team Cleare, 5-08.75
MSU: 4. Abigiall Dill, 5-05.00

1600m Sprint Medley Relay: Vanderbilt, 3:56.19
MSU: 3. P. Alzola, Ra. Farquharson, S. McNeil, K. Kersh, 4:01.58

5000m Run: Kate Brown, UAB, 16:43.12
MSU: 5. Jodie McGuff, 17:24.43; 22. Carmen Brothers, 17:59.51; 40. Evie Savage, 18:53.37

Shot Put: Candicea Bernard, Alabama, 50-02.50
MSU: 12. Haley Reynolds, 39-00.25

Men’s Results
Decathlon: Chris Navarro, SE Missouri, 6,577
MSU: 6. JaQuarius Wilson, 6,201; 9. Carl Pittman, 5,637

4x200m Relay: Georgia, 1:24.21
MSU: 7. 1:27.01

400m Hurdles: Josh Taylor, Stephen F. Austin, 51.57
MSU: 2. Javon Davis, 52.14; 3. Scottie Hearn, 52.63

100m Dash: Jared Love, Stephen F. Austin, 10.70
MSU: 14. Charles Taylor, 11.10

400m Dash: Maurice Freeman, Georgia, 47.20
MSU: 3. Dustin James II, 48.19

1500m Run: Brandon Lasater, Georgia Tech, 3:44.50
MSU: 4. Damian Roszko, 3:47.78; 9. Andrew Monaghan, 3:51.97; 36. John Valentine, 4:06.63

1600m Sprint Medley Relay: Mississippi State, 3:23.37

500m Run: Jeremy Greenwald, Georgia Tech, 14:11.27
MSU: 22. Curtis Kelly, 15:08.39; 25. Carson Britton, 15:16.75; 28. Mike Clark, 15:24.00; 35. Philip Johnson, 15:41.94; 38. Matt Weickert, 15:43.78

Shot Put: Hayden Reed, Alabama, 60-03.00
MSU: 22. Tautvydas Kieras, 48-10.00; 23. Courtland Garrett, 47-09.25

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