Inclement weather shortens MSU's Day on the track; Bulldogs shine at Jesse Owens

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Severe weather may have forced a shortened day at the Mississippi Open Saturday at Ole Miss, but before the heavy rains hit, Mississippi State collected numerous Top 5 finishes and personal-best performances.
“It’s unfortunate the weather didn’t cooperate, but we went there looking to have a good day and we did,” MSU coach Al Schmidt said. “We were ready to perform, and I thought it was a good tune-up for the SECs.”
Favian Cowards recorded the highest finish with a personal best throw of 165-02 in the women’s hammer to place third.
Also with personal-best outings were Haley Greenwell and Eileen Riley in the women’s 5,000-meter run. Greenwell turned in a time of 18:20.62 to finish fourth, while Riley’s run of 18:34.11 put her at seventh.
In the women’s javelin, Allison Storey came in fifth at 134-11.
“Our girls did really great,” Schmidt said. “I think it gave them the momentum they were looking for.”
Rounding out the afternoon in Oxford was Nick Perkins’s fifth-place time of 15:43.36 in the men’s 5,000-meter run.