Bulldogs Conclude Prelims With More Success
N.C. – Call it continued success on the final day of the NCAA East
Track & Field Preliminary Round as Mississippi State advanced four
more events to the nationals.
Jason Harper, a
junior from Milford, Del., jumpstarted the Bulldogs’ day as he placed
eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 50-08.00.
it was the All-American Marcus Jackson showcasing his talents, as he
finished tied for first in the high jump at 7-01.50, his third-best
jump of the year.
“Getting back and competing at
the nationals has been Marcus’ goal all year, and now he has that
chance,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “His focus has been great, but
he’s not satisfied to just get there. For Jason, this will be his first
time on the big stage, but he wasn’t at all intimidated by the moment
Saturday. Like Marcus, he had a goal this weekend, and he achieved it.”
On the track, MSU advanced in both the men’s and women’s 4x400-meter relay.
women’s foursome of Ste’yce McNeil, Jody-Ann Muir, Ocian Archer and
Erica Bougard posted a time of 3:34.29 to place 10th, while the men’s
team of Tavaris Tate, Randy Patterson, Daundre Barnaby and Brandon
McBride finished second at 3:05.88.
“It was a
great way to end the weekend with both 4x400 teams qualifying,” Dudley
said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I know the kids are ready for
the next challenge.”
In all, Mississippi State will compete in eight events at the nationals, slated for June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.
High Jump – T1. Marcus Jackson, 7-01.50
Triple Jump – 8. Jason Harper, 50-08.00
4x400m Relay – 2. Tavaris Tate, Randy Patterson Daundre Barnaby, Brandon McBride, 3:05.88
Triple Jump – 24. Ebony Brinker, 40-04.25
4x400m Relay – 10. Ste’yce McNeil, Jody-Ann Muir, Ocian Archer, Erica Bougard, 3:34.29.