LEXINGTON, Ky. - Collecting her second conference crown of the 2014 campaign, Rochelle Farquharson claimed the women’s long jump title on Saturday at this year’s Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The senior posted the best leap of the day at Kentucky Track and Field Complex with a mark of 21-02.50. Farquharson also owns the SEC Indoor title after jumping 21-00.75 at the championships in February. This marks her second career SEC Outdoor long jump title, as she also earned the honor in 2011.
“Rochelle set the bar high with her winning performance to start the day,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “Our team definitely thrived off of her energy and continued to post top times as many qualified for their respective event finals.”
In the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Cornelia Griesche improved her MSU record (previously 10:04.05) by racing a personal-best 10:00.58 to earn a second-place finish. Freshman Lisa Ziegler (10:45.25) and junior Emma Neigel (11:06.20) finished 10th and 13th, respectively, behind Griesche.
Freshman standout Rhianwedd Price clocked a 4:23.33 to finish 11th in the women’s 15000-meter run prelims, a speed that sends her to Sunday’s finals. Additionally, Price will see action tomorrow in the women’s 800-meter run finals, following a personal-best 2:06.21 in prelims on Friday.
Hurdler Keisha Wallace also garnered a qualifying time, running a 13.31 in the women’s 100-meter hurdles prelims. She will compete in the event finals Sunday at 2:40 p.m. ET.
Middle distance runners Patrick Monaghan (3:52.31) and Damian Roszko (3:53.35) continued the trend, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively, in the men’s 1500-meter run to solidify a spot in the finals.
In the field, junior Tautvydas Kieras turned in a toss of 180-05 in the men’s discus for a spot in seventh.
The MSU women will look to land a top-5 spot in the conference as Dudley’s squad sits sixth overall (18 points) going into the final day of competition.
Action will continue on Sunday with live coverage on ESPN3.com. The broadcast will air from 1:50 p.m. ET until 5:50 p.m. ET.
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).
Long Jump: Rochelle Farquharson, Mississippi State 21-02.50
Shot Put: Jill Rushin, 56-04.75
MSU: 14. Haley Reynolds, 40-06.25
1500m Run Prelims: Allison Peare, Kentucky, 4:20.82
MSU: 11. Rhianwedd Price, 4:23.43; 24. Katie Huston, 4:38.12
100m Hurdles Prelims: Bridgette Owens, Florida, 12.84
MSU: 7. Keisha Wallace, 13.31; 13. Ste’yce McNeil, 13.69
100m Dash Prelims: Olivia Ekpone, Texas A&M, 11.17
MSU: 28. Peli Alzola, 12.00
3000m Steeplechase: Grace Heymsfield, Arkansas, 9:57.12
MSU: 2. Cornelia Griesche, 10:00.58; 10. Lisa Ziegler, 10:45.25; 13. Emma Neigel11:06.20
1500m Run Prelims: Keffri Neal, Kentucky, 3:50.62
MSU: 7. Patrick Monaghan, 3:52.31; 8. Damian Roszko, 3:53.35; 13. Juan Sanchez, 3:57.08
Discus Throw: Andrew Evans, Kentucky, 210-03
MSU: 7. Tautvydas Kieras, 180-05
400m Dash Prelims: Deon Lendore, Texas A&M, 45.34
MSU: 16. Alistair Moona, 47.61
100m Dash Prelims: Aaron Ernest, LSU, 10.17
MSU: 21. Marshall Nunn, 10.93; 23. James Anderson, 11.05
3000m Steeplechase: Stanley Kebenei, Arkansas, 8:40.98
MSU: 17. Curtis Kelly, 9:46.8