PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Competing amongst the best in the nation has always been a goal of Mississippi State. The Penn Relays gave them that opportunity and when action had ceased they were in the Top 5 in every event, including a victory in the triple jump.
"We proved that we belong among the premier athletes," coach Steve Dudley said. "Our athletes gave it their all, they left everything on the track and I am proud of their effort today."
Jason Harper had an early start at Franklin Field, as he began competition at 9 a.m. First up in a field of 20 triple jump athletes, and after all was said and done Harper found himself still at the top with a first place jump of 50-07.5.
Following right behind Harper was fellow jumper Marcus Jackson. Jackson competed in the high jump where he jumped 7-02.25 to finish fourth.
Brittney Covington, Jody-Ann Muir, Erica Bougard and Ocian Archer were the only Lady Bulldogs to see action on day three. The quartet, who all competed individually earlier in the weekend, joined forces to run 3:39.35 to finish third in the 4x400-meter relay.
"Overall we had good results this year at the Penn Relays," Dudley stated. "Now it is time to put regular season behind us. We have got to set our focus on championship season and continuing to qualify for the NCAAs."
Following return from Philadelphia, MSU will get a week off as it prepares for the championship portion of its schedule. The Maroon and White will next see action at the SEC Championships which get started May 10 in Baton Rouge.
4x400m Relay: Houston, 3:38.86
MSU: 3. Covington, Muir, Bougard, Archer, 3:39.35
Triple Jump: Jason Harper, MSU, 50-07.5
High Jump: Derek Drouin, Indiana, 7-03.25
MSU: 4. Marcus Jackson, 7-02.25