Rain Soaks Second-Day Action at SEC Track and Field

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Rain Soaks Second-Day Action at SEC Track and Field

OXFORD, Miss. — Competition in three-quarters of the scheduled events was completed Friday at the SEC Track and Field Championships before the day’s constant drizzle turned into a downpour and postponed the remaining events to Saturday at the Ole Miss Track and Field Complex.

Competition in the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles, as well as the completion of the men’s decathlon will be moved to Saturday. Action in the decathlon is tentatively scheduled to resume tomorrow at 10 a.m., while the men’s and women’s hurdles will take place at 2 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., respectively.

“This is one situation that nothing really good can come out of,” said LSU head coach Pat Henry. “You just have to tolerate the conditions and compete. You know you aren’t going to have good times, but you just have to try to advance to the next round.”

Sophomore Britney Henry did manage a good day in the field, finishing fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 200-5 to give the Lady Tigers their first points of the weekend.

Sophomore Megan Akre added three points in the women’s heptathlon, tallying 4,825 points to place sixth overall. Fellow sophomore Dianne Harrison finished in 10th with 4,124 points.

On the men’s side, senior Jimmy Wiggins scored three points for the Tigers, finishing sixth in the 10,000 meters with a PR time of 30:14.80. The mark, which ranks as the sixth-best in school history, bettered Wiggins’ previous personal record by almost a full minute.

Preliminary round action saw the Lady Tigers advance three athletes into Sunday’s finals.

In the 800 meters, All-American Neisha Bernard-Thomas won her heat and finished with the field’s second-fastest qualifying mark to advance with a time of 2:03.91.

All-Americans Muna Lee and Stephanie Durst each moved on in the 200 meters. Lee, running her first open 200 of the season, easily won the day’s second heat, clocking 23.33. Lee’s time, the second-fastest of the day, was bettered by only Arkansas’ Veronica Campbell who won heat one in 22.85.

Also running in heat one was Durst who finished third to advance in 24.19.

Action from the SEC Championships will resume Saturday at 10 a.m.