By Miss. State Media Relations
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Mississippi State freshman sprinter Tavaris Tate broke a 15-year old 400-meter indoor dash record Friday afternoon at the opening session of the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
The highly touted freshman, who is certainly living up to his billing, ran 45.80 seconds to finish second in the event.
“Anytime you break a record that has been in place for that many years is a big thing,” MSU coach Al Schmidt said. “It’s a tremendous thing to have a freshman break a record and be ranked No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 5 in the world.”
The Starkville, Miss., native has been working hard all season long and knew that it would pay off this weekend.
“I’ve been working hard,” Tate said. “I knew coming into this race, I’d be prepared after a tough week of practice. I just went out and did what I’ve been training to do all year.”
Tate wasn’t the only State athlete to enjoy success Friday. Sophomore D’Angelo Cherry ran 6.64 seconds in the preliminary round of the 60-meter dash to enter Friday evening’s final with the third-fastest time.
“Cherry making it into the final is a great thing,” Schmidt said. “He’s running against top competition here.”
Lady Bulldogs Chloe Phillips and Crystal Wilson also shined on the track.
Phillips, a freshman, ran a personal-best 5 minutes, 2.13 seconds to finish third in the mile run, while Wilson, recorded a personal-best 55.06 in the 400-meter dash. Wilson’s time was good to move her to second all-time in MSU history.
Competition resumed late Friday evening with Wendy Copeland in the long jump invitational rounds, followed by Cherry in the 60-meter dash final. The meet concludes on Saturday with the Bulldog 4×400-meter relay team battling against the nation’s best at 5:15 p.m.
LATE FRIDAY UPDATE: Mississippi State’s D’Angelo Cherry placed third in the 60-meter dash final at the Tyson Invitational Friday. Cherry,a sophomore, ran 6.69 seconds to finish behind Auburn’s Marcus Rowland and Florida’s Jeff Demps. State will conclude competition in Fayetteville Saturday evening.