LEXINGTON, Ky. - When Mississippi State left for the SEC Indoor Championships they set a goal to score more points than last year, and after two days that goal has become a reality.
The Lady Bulldogs who only scored nine points in 2011 have already scored 13 points and are ranked sixth heading into day three of the meet.
"We wanted to improve on our performance last year," coach Steve Dudley said. "Our athletes have done that. They are performing at a high level and I am proud of where we are heading into day three."
Keisha Wallace had a good day yesterday in the pentathlon and she continued that effort on day two. Wallace's day began with the 60-meter hurdles where she ran 8.39 to finish sixth. Wallace's efforts secured her a place in Sunday's finals and placed her just ahead of teammate Racquel Farquharson who finished 10th with a personal best time of 8.45.
Following her performance in the hurdles, Wallace took a turn in the long jump where she placed seventh with a personal best length of 19-08 to earn two points for the Lady Bulldogs. Wallace's jumps also ranked her fifth on MSU's all-time list.
Joining Wallace in the long jump was Ebony Brinker whose personal best jump of 19-07 placed her eighth and earned MSU one point. Rochelle Farquharson also competed in the long jump where she finished 10th with a personal best jump of 19-04 ½.
Jody-Ann Muir also saw action on day two as she navigated the track in the 400-meter dash. Muir ran a personal best 53.85 to finish eighth and guarantee her a spot in Sunday's finals.
Action at the Nutter Field House will resume on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. with the women's weight throw.
While the Lady Bulldogs are competing in Lexington, a select group of men are competing in the US Indoor Championships.
On day one in Albuquerque, N.M., Marcus Jackson competed in the high jump where he finished seventh with a height of 6-11 ¾. Also on day one Tavaris Tate competed in the 400-meter dash, where he finished second with a time of 46.29 to secure a spot in Sunday's finals.
D'Angelo Cherry also competed on day one, as he finished sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.62. Cherry's time guaranteed him a place in Sunday's semi-finals.
Albuquerque action will resume at 1:45 p.m. with Cherry in the 60-meter hurdle semi-finals. Following Cherry will be Tate in the 400-meter dash finals at 3:55 p.m.
SEC Championship Results
Long Jump: Whitney Jones, Arkansas, 20-05 ¼
MSU: 7. Keisha Wallace, 19-08; 8. Ebony Brinker, 19-07; 10. Rochelle Farquharson, 19-03 ½
60m Hurdles Prelims: Jasmin Stowers, LSU, 8.12
MSU: 6. Keisha Wallace, 8.39; 10. Racquel Farquharson, 8.45
60m Dash Prelims: Kai Selvon, Auburn, 7.25
MSU: 21. Candice Polk, 7.78
200m Dash Prelims: Kimberlyn Duncan, 23.14
MSU: Candice Polk, 25.19
400m Dash Prelims: Ebony Eutsey, Florida, 53.06
MSU: 8. Jody-Ann Muir, 53.85; 24. Ocian Archer, 55.85; 30. Kanishia Carey, 56.32; 32. Brittney Covington, 56.60
Overall Team Scores
1. Arkansas 48 points
2. Florida 40 points
3. Tennessee 26 points
4. LSU 18 points
5. Ole Miss 16 points
6. Mississippi State 13 points
7. Georgia 12 points
8. Vanderbilt 8 points
9. Alabama 7 points
10. South Carolina 5 points
11. Kentucky 2 points
USA Indoor Track and Field Championships
60m Dash Prelims: Justin Gatlin, Unattached, 6.51
MSU: 6. D'Angelo Cherry, 6.62
High Jump: Jesse Williams, Oregon TC Elite, 7-6
MSU: 7. Marcus Jackson, 6-11 ¾
400m Dash Prelims: Frankie Wright, Unattached, 46.26
MSU: 2. Tavaris Tate, 46.29