TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In a competition to claim state bragging rights, Mississippi State track and field was highly instrumental in contributing to the men’s Team Mississippi win on Friday at the University of Alabama’s Border Clash at Sam Bailey Stadium.
Working alongside Southeastern Conference foe Ole Miss and Southern Mississippi, MSU donned seven first-place finishes to help Team Mississippi total 76 points for the women and 107 for the men. Team Alabama, comprised of Alabama, Auburn and Samford, claimed 121 points on the women’s side, while the men earned 92 on the day.
"We competed hard today," MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “I am proud of the effort our athletes gave. We were in the mix in nearly every event, and that is what you ask for in the these types of meets."
Hurdlers Keisha Wallace (13.14) and Ste’yce McNeil (13.53) both clocked season bests in the women’s 100-meter hurdles to garner first- and third-place finishes, respectively. Together, the pair earned seven points.
With help from Abigaill Dill and Brandon McBride, MSU collected another 10 points and two more wins. Dill cleared 5-05.00 in the women’s high jump, while McBride posted a speedy 46.82 in the men’s 400-meter run.
Javon Davis boasted another win for the Maroon and White with a season-best 51.55 in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. Scottie Hearn followed in second at 53.18 as the duo earned eight points.
In the women’s 1500-meter run, freshman Rhianwedd Price turned in a winning time of 4:17.38, a speed that ranks second all-time on MSU's outdoor performance list. Also representing State distance runners, sophomore Andrew Monaghan won the men’s 5000-meter run in 14:42.36.
In the field, junior Austin Britton threw for 204-11.00 in the men’s javelin, good for fifth on the MSU all-time list. His performance marked the seventh win of the day for State.
McNeil later ran a personal-best 59.57 to finish second in the women's 400-meter hurdles. Her time is narrowly shy of the MSU record of 59.55, set by Talisha Lee in 2011. Following McNeil in third, Ocian Archer turned in a 1:00.16. The two totaled five points in their efforts.
Meanwhile, Rochelle Farquharson, who was this year’s SEC Indoor long jump champion, posted a leap of 20-01.75 in the event, earning another top-3 finish for the Bulldogs.
Also excelling in field action was Tautvydas Kieras, who posted a season-best 171-01.00 in the men’s discus throw to collect one point for Team Mississippi as he finished fourth.
Other great performances included a season-best 14.16 by Davis in the men's 110-meter hurdles for a third-place finish. Additionally, Juan Sanchez (3:48.31) and Damian Roszko (3:48.37) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the men's 1500-meter run.
The MSU men’s 4x400-meter relay (Team A) closed out the meet with a second-place finish, crossing the line at 3:09.08. Alistair Moona, Hearn, Steve Shoto and McBride comprised the quartet. On the women’s side, Archer, Kaelin Kersh, Peli Alzola and Wallace posted a 3:45.57 to finish third.
The Bulldogs are back on the road next weekend as the squads split to compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and the LSU Tiger Invite in Baton Rouge.
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Hammer Throw: Emily Allen, Samford, 195-06.00
MSU: 11. Haley Reynolds, 128-11.00
Discus Throw: Rachel Dincoff, Auburn, 165-11.00
MSU: 10. Haley Reynolds, 131-05.00
100m Hurdles: Keisha Wallace, Mississippi State, 13.14
MSU: 3. Ste’yce McNeil, 13.53
Long Jump: Kierra White, Ole Miss, 20-06.25
MSU: 3. Rochelle Farquharson, 20-01.75
100m Dash: Remona Burchell, Alabama, 11.23
MSU: 4. Peli Alzola, 11.97
High Jump: Abigaill Dill, Mississippi State, 5-05.00
800m Run: Marie Demedicis, Samford, 2:10.67
MSU: 4. Kaelin Kersh, 2:13.90
400m Hurdles: Danielle Hill, Auburn, 58.85
MSU: 2. Ste’yce McNeil, 59.57; 3. Ocian Archer, 1:00.16
200m Dash: V’alonee Robinson, Auburn, 24.01
MSU: 4. Peli Alzola, 24.79
1500m Run: Rhianwedd Price, Mississippi State, 4:17.38
MSU: 5. Katie Huston, 4:27.96; 6. Cornelia Griesche, 4:28.15; 8. Lisa Ziegler, 4:30.01; 9. Emma Neigel, 4:34.15
Pole Vault: Lakan Taylor, Alabama, 13-09.25
MSU: 5. Sydney Rodkey, 11-08.50
4x400m Relay: Alabama, 3:38.29
MSU: 3. Archer, Kersh, Alzola, Wallace, 3:45.57
Team Alabama – 121
Team Mississippi – 76
Hammer Throw: Charodd Richardson, Alabama, 206-11.00
MSU: 6. Tautvydas Kieras, 154-09.00
Discus Throw: Hayden Reed, Alabama, 199-01.00
MSU: 4. Tautvydas Kieras, 171-01.00
3000m Steeplechase: Eric Sivill, Alabama, 9:30.73
MSU: 3. Curtis Kelly, 9:51.84
Long Jump: Ricky Robertson, Ole Miss, 25-00.75
MSU: 7. JaQuarius Wilson, 21-11.75; 9. Carl Pittman, 19-09.50
110m Hurdles: Robert Semien, Ole Miss, 13.91
MSU: 3. Javon Davis, 14.16
400m Dash: Brandon McBride, Mississippi State, 46.82
MSU: 4. Scottie Hearn, 47.28; 7. Alistair Moona, 48.09; 10. Dustin James II, 49.15
100m Dash: Diondre Batson, Alabama, 10.01
MSU: 14. Marshall Nunn, 10.87; 15. Charles Taylor, 11.04
800m Run: Sean Tobin, Ole Miss, 1:47.99
MSU: 10. Steve Shoto, 1:52.91
400m Hurdles: Javon Davis, 51.55
MSU: 2. Scottie Hearn, 53.18
High Jump: Justin Fondren, Alabama, 7-00.25
MSU: 5. Antavius McGhee, 6-06.75
200m Dash: Khalil Henderson, Auburn, 20.78
MSU: 9. Marshall Nunn, 22.20; 12. Charles Taylor, 22.31
1500m Run: Robert Domanic, Ole Miss, 3:47.01
MSU: 3. Juan Sanchez, 3:48.31; 4. Damian Roszko, 3:48.37
5000m Run: Andrew Monaghan, Mississippi State, 14:42.36
MSU: 6. Philip Johnson, 15:09.21; 9. Carson Britton, 15:30.97; 10. Mike Clark, 15:40.17
Shot Put: Hayden Reed, Alabama, 61-03.50
MSU: 6. Tautvydas Kieras, 53-00.25
Pole Vault: Sam Kendricks, Ole Miss, 18-00.50
MSU: 4. John Bourgeouis, 15-05.00
Javelin Throw: Austin Britton, 204-11.00
4x400m Relay: Alabama, 3:08.22
MSU: 2. Moona, Hearn, Shoto, McBride, 3:09.08; 5. Davis, James II, Wilson, Taylor, 3:17.07
Team Mississippi – 107
Team Alabama – 92