Day One of Jace Lacoste Invitational Comes to a Close
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Distance was the focus of day one for Mississippi State at the Jace Lacoste Invitational, as the field athletes threw to new lengths, while the distance runners dominated their respective events.
Megan Rayford saw only her second round of action this season, as she captured the first victory for the Lady Bulldogs. The freshman threw a personal best 137-02 on her sixth throw to capture victory in the hammer throw and set the pace for the Maroon and White contingency.
Rayford continued her first place streak as she took top honors in the discus with her second personal best of the day. Rayford's throw of 144-01 also landed her the No. 4 spot on MSU's all-time list, as she finished just ahead of teammate Favian Cowards who threw a second place length of 133-06.
Rounding out the Lady Bulldog action on day one was a pack of distance runners who took four of the top eight spots in the 5000-meter run. Leading the Maroon and White charge was Anna Jarman with her third place time of 17:25.14, followed by Jodie McGuff (17:43.24) in fourth, Adriana Poole (17:56.02) who was fifth, and Simone Domingue (18:47.84) who finished eighth.
A pair of freshmen started things off for the Maroon and White men, as James Jarvis and Sam Cox tied for second in the pole vault with heights of 14-06 each.
Following Jarvis and Cox, was Ed Wesela who threw 159-07 to claim victory in the discus.
Closing out the day for MSU were the distance men who took four of the top five 5000-meter times. John Valentine crossed the line first with his personal best time of 14:53.09. Right behind Valentine were teammates Cameron Vernier (14:58.34), Philip Johnson (15:04.00), Adam Lenz (15:18.19), Michael Clark (15:36.19) and Julian Duarte (15:19.59) who finished second, fourth, fifth, 10th and 11th respectively.
Day two field action will start at 11:30 am with the men's and women's shot put, while running events will kick off 1:45 pm with the women's 4x100-meter relay.
Hammer Throw: Megan Rayford, MSU, 137-02
Discus: Megan Rayford, MSU, 144-01
MSU: 2. Favian Cowards, 133-06
5000m Run: Ria Johns, Unattached, 16:19.07
MSU: 3. Anna Jarman, 17:25.14; 4. Jodie McGuff, 17:43.24; 5. Adriana Poole, 17:56.02; 8. Simone Domingue, 18:47.84
Discus: Ed Wesela, MSU, 159-07
Pole Vault: Luke Beck, Unattached, U.A.H, 15-05.75
MSU: 2. James Jarvis, 14-06; 2. Sam Cox, 14-06
5000m Run: John Valentine, MSU, 14:53.09
MSU: 2. Cameron Vernier, 14:58.34; 4. Philip Johnson, 15:04.00; 5. Adam Lenz, 15:18.19; 10. Michael Clark, 15:36.19; 11. Julian Duarte, 15:37.11