TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – To close out the 2014 John Mitchell Alabama Relays, Mississippi State collected wins in the 800-meter run and 100-meter hurdles on Saturday at Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium.
The Bulldogs tallied four wins and an outstanding 27 top-10 performances across the three-day event at the University of Alabama.
“This was a solid start to the outdoor season,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “We had a lot of really great races, but we also learned the areas we need to improve before Texas Relays.”
Freshman Rhianwedd Price clocked a 2:08.18 to win the women's 800-meter run. Her time placed her third on MSU's all-time outdoor performance list.
Also picking up a win for the MSU women, senior Keisha Wallace posted a time of 13.75 in the 100-meter hurdles. Following the veteran in fourth was sophomore Ste’yce McNeil at 13.97.
Both Bulldog 4x400-meter relay teams earned commendable finishes. The men’s quartet of Javon Davis, Scottie Hearn, Alistair Moona and Dustin James II ran a 3:10.37 for a spot in third. The women’s foursome of Ocian Archer, McNeil, Peli Alzola and Price turned in a time of 3:46.48 to finish sixth.
Off the track, sophomore Sydney Rodkey set a personal best in the women’s pole vault. Her clearance of 11-08.50 placed her 19th.
Junior Courtland Garrett tossed 161-08.00 in the men’s discus throw to finish 10th.
The Bulldogs will now turn their focus to the historic 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, which are slated for March 26-29 in Austin, Texas.
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100m Hurdles: Keisha Wallace, Mississippi State, 13.75
MSU: 4. Ste’yce McNeil, 13.97
Pole Vault: Neal Tisher, 13-00.25
MSU: 19. Sydney Rodkey, 11-08.50 PR
800m Run: Rhianwedd Price, Mississippi State, 2:08.18
MSU: 8. Katie Huston, 2:13.75; 20. Kaelin Kersh, 2:18.00
4x400m Relay: Stephen F. Austin, 3:38.12
MSU: 6. Ocian Archer, Ste’yce McNeil, Peli Alzola, Rhiawedd Price, 3:46.48
4x100m Relay: Georgia, 40.44
MSU: 8. 41.46
Long Jump: Jamario Calhoun, Georgia, 24-06.50
MSU: 15. A.J. Ward, 22-02.25
Discus Throw: Travis Bailey, Tennessee, 202-06.00
MSU: 10. Courtland Garrett, 161-08.00
800m Run: Shawn Roberts, 1:48.45
MSU: 6. Patrick Monaghan, 1:51.53; 8. Juan Sanchez, 1:51.97; 26. Steve Shoto, 1:56.59
4x400m Relay: Stephen F. Austin, 3:07.38
MSU: 3. Javon Davis, Scottie Hearn, Alistair Moona, Dustin James II, 3:10.37