BATON ROUGE, La. - A trio of Mississippi State athletes saw action on Thursday, as the 2012 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships began with the women's heptathlon and the men's decathlon.
"We had a limited number of athletes competing today, but that did not stop our team's efforts" coach Steve Dudley said. "All three of our athletes competed hard, and when all was completed all three stand in a position to score points for the team."
Erica Bougard entered the SEC Championships ranked 23rd in the latest USTFCCA ranking of heptathlon athletes. On day one she got the chance to showcase her talent, as she joined forces with teammate Keisha Wallace for the first four events of the heptathlon.
Bougard and Wallace's day began with the 100-meter hurdles where Wallace finished at the top of the pack with a time of 13.33, while Bougard finished fifth (13.94). The Lady Bulldogs then took turns jumping to great heights in the high jump as Bougard jumped 5-07 to finish fourth, while Wallace was 11th with a height of 4-10.50. Bougard (32-05.50) and Wallace (30-00.25) finished back to back in the shot put, coming in at ninth and 10th respectively. To close out the day the Maroon and White women competed in the 200-meter dash where they again finished back to back with Bougard claiming victory with a time of 24.19, while Wallace was right behind her with a second place time of 24.29.
After all was said and done, Bougard had earned a total of 3,327 points to stand at fourth, while Wallace had earned 3,093 points to enter day two in seventh place.
Trevarus Christian was the lone Bulldog to see day one action, as he competed in the first five events of the decathlon. Christian's day began with the 100-mter dash where he ran 11.11 to place fifth. Next up was a turn at the long jump where he jumped 23-03.50 to finish seventh, before heading over to the shot put ring for an eighth place throw of 33-03.25. Christian then returned to jumped as he cleared 5-05.25 to finish seventh in the high jump.
The Bulldog ended his day with an eighth place time of 58.98 in the 400-meter dash, to place him eighth overall heading into day two with a total of 3,129 points.
SEC Indoor Champion Favian Cowards will start things off for MSU on day two as she competes in hammer throw at 11:30 a.m. Upon completion of the hammer throw, MSU will begin the final stretch of the multi-events, before entering preliminary action in the afternoon.
Women's Heptathlon Results
100m Hurdles: Keisha Wallace, MSU, 13.33
MSU: 5. Erica Bougard, 13.94
High Jump: Makeba Alcide, Arkansas, 5-09.25
MSU: 4. Erica Bougard, 5-07; 11. Keisha Wallace, 4-10.50
Shot Put: Kaylon Eppinger, Alabama, 40-09.75
MSU: 9. Erica Bougard, 32-05.50; 10. Keisha Wallace, 30-00.25
200m Dash: Erica Bougard, MSU, 24.19
MSU: 2. Keisha Wallace, 24.29
Men's Decathlon Results
100m Dash: Austen Chen, Arkansas, 10.91
MSU: 5. Trevarus Christian, 11.11
Long Jump: Kevin Lazas, Arkansas, 24-09.25
MSU: 7. Trevarus Christian, 23-03.50, 838 points
Shot Put: Kevin Lazas, Arkansas, 47-07.25
MSU: 8. Trevarus Christian, 33-03.25, 494
High Jump: Garrett Scantling, Georgia, 6-08.75
MSU: 7. Trevarus Christian, 5-05.25, 512
400m Dash: Gunnar Nixon, Arkansas, 48.98
MSU: 8. Trevarus Christian, 58.98, 449