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Tate, Cherry pace Bulldogs in track

March 23, 2012

Jarrett Samuels won the long jump for the Bulldogs on Friday at the SEC/Big 10 Challenge. (Photo by Michael Wardlaw, SDN)

Tavaris Tate and D'Angelo Cherry make a pretty good team.

They also proved they can win on their own.

Tate, Cherry, Garren Hendricks and James Harris placed first in the men's 4x400-meter relay Friday at the second annual SEC/Big 10 Challenge at the Maddox Track.

They had a time of 40 seconds.

The competition had teams from each conference competing for bragging rights between the two.

The SEC women won 390-323. The Big 10 took the men's title with a 400.5-314.4 win.

Along with MSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee represented the SEC. The Big 10 had Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Illinois and the Ohio State men.

Tate, a former Starkville High School standout, took the men's 400-meter dash. His time of 46.07 seconds was good enough for second best this year in the country.

"I executed my race well," Tate said. "My mission was to get out hard and to continue to hit it down the back stretch. I executed very well considering the wind and everything. I am satisfied with my performance."

Cherry finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.32. His time was good enough for sixth best this year in the collegiate ranks.

"It doesn't mean to much to me right now because it is the early phases of the year," Cherry said. "It really doesn't mean much because you can run fast now, but if you don't do it when it really counts, it doesn't mean anything."

The Bulldogs picked up several other first place wins in the men's competition. Nathan Arnett won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.01.

Emanuel Mayers took first place with a 50.68 second time in the 400-meter hurdles. Jarrett Samuels won the long jump with a distance of 7.83 meters. Jason Harper took the triple jump with a 14.97-meter distance.

Tate, Mayers, Harris and Daundre Barnaby took first place in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:09.09.

"We competed hard (Friday),” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “All around I am proud of the effort our athletes gave. We were in the mix in nearly every event and that is what you ask for in the these types of events.”
On the women's side, Keisha Wallace won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.51 seconds.

Favian Cowards won the hammer throw with a distance of 55.29 meters.

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