By From school reports
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – In a field of the nation’s most elite sprinters, senior D’Angelo Cherry raced an unforgettable 60 meters at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday, turning in a personal-best time of 6.49 seconds for victory.
“There is no one more deserving of a performance like tonight,” MSUcoach Steve Dudley said. “He has battled through a lot to experience this moment. The entire Mississippi State nation should be very proud.”
Bouncing back from last season’s physical obstacles, Cherry said he has refused to let past injuries affect his mission toward the future.
“I have trained very hard on the off-season,” the sprinter said. “I was hoping for a time of 6.55 seconds today, but 6.49 was unexpected.”
Cherry easily had the best reaction time – .129 of a second – in the eight-man field. Reggie Dixon (6.54) was second and Jeremy Dodson (6.58)third.
Cherry, a Jonesboro, Ga., native also secured his ticket to the 2013 NCAA Indoor National Championships on March 7-9 in Fayetteville.
“I’m all smiles,” Cherry said. “Couldn’t be happier.”
Some other top efforts by the USA’s elite athletes during the two-day meet:
• Will Leer ran the fastest indoor time ever at altitude in winning the men’s mile in 3:58.79, a day after winning the 3,000 meters.
• Jenn Suhr set the women’s pole vault indoor record by clearing 16 feet, 51⁄2 inches on Saturday.
• Mary Cain, 16, won the women’s mile in 5:05.68 for her first national title.