NASHVILLE, TN (WLBT) - A trio of top-3 finishes highlighted Mississippi State track and field’s first day of action at the Vanderbilt Invitational on Friday.
Freshman Asia Poe captured the long jump title, while Shannon Fair and Milton Harrell notched second and third-place finishes in their events, respectively.
“We had some solid performances today to open up the meet,” interim head coach Chris Woods said. “I thought Asia performed phenomenally, and her result today puts her in great position for nationals qualifying. I thought Shannon put together a solid race tonight, finishing in second, and Milton did some good things in the high jump as well. Our distance men closed out a solid day with several huge personal bests in the 5000m. We’ve got a full day tomorrow, with plenty of opportunities to continue to grow and improve.”
Poe jumped 6.30m (20-8) to win the women’s long jump. Her mark moves her into fifth place in the MSU indoor record books, passing All-American Tiffany Flynn’s mark of 6.23m (20-5.25) set in 2017. Alexis Farley finished seventh in the event, leaping a personal-best 5.91m (19-4.75).
Fair notched a second-place finish in the women’s 5000m, running 17:03.53. In the men’s 5000m race, Chandler Underwood paced the Bulldogs in the event, finishing sixth at 14:50.48, over a minute faster than his previous best. Luke Zacharias finished seventh at 14:57.11, while Zach Weaver ran a personal-best 15:31.31 in a 13th-place finish.
In the men’s high jump, Harrell finished third in his MSU debut with a clearance of 2.08m (6-9.75). DeVantre Young came in at sixth, clearing 2.03m (6-7.75).
Next Up For MSU …
State will close out action at the Vanderbilt Invitational with a full day of events on Saturday, starting with the women’s 3000m. First gun is set for 10 a.m. CT at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility.
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Women’s Results (Friday)
Weight Throw: Shey Taiwo, Ole Miss, 21.47m (70-5.25)
MSU: Francesca Chambers, NM; Madelyn Lee, NM; Alicia Viveros, NM
High Jump: Saida Burns-Moore, Memphis, 1.70m (5-7)
MSU: 21. Zaria Tillman, 1.55m (5-1); Alex Woodberry, NH
Long Jump: Asia Poe, 6.30m (20-8); 7. Alexis Farley, 5.91m (19-4.75)
200m: Caisja Chandler, Cincinnati, 24.08
MSU: 14. Shayla Felder, 25.09; 52. Jaylah Bailey, 25.92
5000m: Emily Drouin, UAB, 16:51.66
MSU: 2. Shannon Fair, 17:03.53
Men’s Results (Friday)
High Jump: Eric Richards, Southern Miss, 2.19m (7-2.25)
MSU: 3. Milton Harrell, 2.08m (6-9.75); 6. DeVantre Young, 2.03m (6-7.75); Reggie Miller, NH
Long Jump: Fabian Edoki, Middle Tennessee State, 8.01m (26-3.25)
MSU: 15. Gralyn Jones, 6.80m (22-3.75)
5000m: Jacob McLeod, Belmont, 14:32.41
MSU: 5. Chandler Underwood, 14:50.48; 7. Luke Zacharias, 14:57.11; 11. JT Mackay, 15:15.63; 13. Zach Weaver, 15:31.31; 19. Blake Beavers, 15:58.40