LEXINGTON, Ky. - A pair of Bulldogs represented the Mississippi State track and field team on Thursday as the 2014 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships kicked off at the Kentucky Track and Field Complex.
Freshmen Zach Taylor and JaQuarius Wilson saw action in the men's decathlon, completing five of the ten events in their championships debut.
“I’m pleased with how these newcomers started out the weekend for us,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “I’m excited to see how they finish tomorrow, and I’m glad they can get this experience under their belts.”
Totaling 3,620 points, Taylor, who currently sits in seventh, posted a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash, clocking a 10.92 (878 points). The Rock Hill, S.C., native followed up with a leap of 22-01.50 in the long jump to garner 753 points. With a toss of 33-07.25 in the shot put, Taylor gained another 500 points to his total before boasting a clearance of 6-00.50 in the high jump. The freshman’s speed capped his day with a second-place time of 49.71 in the 400-meter dash.
Wilson started off the competition by grabbing 728 points in the 100-meter dash at 11.62. His leap of 21-04.75 in the long jump earned him another 702 points before tossing 31-04.75 in the shot put. To finish the competition on day one, Wilson cleared 6-00.50 in the high jump and ran a 51.66 in the 400-meter dash to total 3,291 points.
The duo will conclude decathlon action tomorrow with the 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500-meter run. Friday’s competition begins at noon ET.
Still to come on day two, MSU will also compete in the men’s and women’s 800-meter run, men’s and women’s 200-meter dash, men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles, and the men’s 10000-meter run.
Live results will be provided through branchsportstech.com. For more information on MSU track and field, fans can follow the team on Twitter (@HailStateTF) and Instagram (HailState).
Decathlon 100m: Zach Taylor, Mississippi state, 10.92
MSU: 13. JaQuarius Wilson, 11.62
Decathlon Long Jump: Maicel Uibo, UGA, 23-11
MSU: 6. Zach Taylor, 22-01.50; 10. JaQuarius 21-04.75
Decathlon Shot Put: Maicel Uibo, UGA, 46-09.50
MSU: 13. Zach Taylor, 33-07.25; 14. JaQuarius Wilson, 31-04.75
Decathlon High Jump: Ibn Short, Kentucky, 6-09.75
MSU: 7. Zach Taylor, 6-00.50; 10. JaQuarius Wilson, 6-00.50
Decathlon 400m: Daniel Martin, Texas A&M, 49.47
MSU: 2. Zach Taylor, 49.71; 12. JaQuarius Wilson, 51.66