Muir Shines As She Runs Her Way To 400M Dash Finals

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Junior Jody-Ann Muir advance to Friday's finals of the 400-meter dash with her qualifying time of 52.05.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

DES MOINES, Iowa - One Lady Bulldog lives to race another day after a great showing in the 400m dash semifinal on day 1 of the NCAA Championships.

Jody-Ann Muir was the lone Lady Bulldog on the track Wednesday, as well as the lone qualifier for MSU. Competing in heat one of the 400 meter dash preliminary, Muir posted a seventh-place time of 52.05 to qualify for Friday's final.

Regardless of how she finishes Friday, she's already garnered All-American accolades.

Justin Christian, Jarrett Samuels, Tavaris Tate and D'Angelo Cherry started day one for the Bulldogs. The foursome laced up for the 4x100 meter preliminary relay and ran 39.45 to finish ninth, barely missing the mark to qualify for Saturday's finals.

The men's 400 meter dash preliminary was next, with Daundre Barnaby turning in a personal best 45.67 to finish 13th, ending his time at the Championships.

Nathan Arnett rounded out Bulldog competition as he ran 50.53 in the 400 meter hurdle preliminary. Arnett's time placed him tenth, just outside of qualifying for the finals.

Thursday will be highlighted by more preliminary action as Barnaby, James Harris, Emanuel Mayers and Tate compete in the 4x400 meter relay. Competing in finals on Thursday will be Marcus Jackson in the high jump and Favian Cowards in the hammer throw, while Erica Bougard begins the heptathlon.

Men's Results
4x100m Relay Semi-Finals: Auburn, 38.53
MSU: 9. J. Christian, Samuels, Tate, Cherry, 39.45

400m Dash Semi-Finals: Tony McQuay, Florida, 44.67
MSU: 13. Daundre Barnaby, 45.67

400m Hurdles Semi-Finals: Amaechi Morton, Stanford, 49.37
MSU: 10. Nathan Arnett, 50.53

Women's Results
400m Dash Semi-Finals:
Phyllis Francis, 51.22
MSU: 7. Jody-Ann Muir, 52.05



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