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MSU completes second ever sweep of NCAA javelin podium

Sophomore Anderson Peters defended his national title in the javelin while leading his teammates to the first sweep of the podium since 1964.

Posted: Jun 5, 2019 9:36 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – Mississippi State made history on Wednesday night at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Sophomore Anderson Peters defended his national title in the javelin while leading his teammates to the first sweep of the podium since 1964.

State’s trio is just the 11th sweep of any event podium in NCAA history. The most recent came in 2015 when Oregon claimed the podium in the men’s 1500m. The Ducks’ 1964 squad is the only other trio to do so in the men’s javelin, and that was before the implement was changed in 1986. MSU has now won the national title in the event in three of the last four years.

“That puts Mississippi State on the board, most importantly,” throws coach April Thomas said. “It couldn’t have happened to a better group of guys, honestly. These guys work hard every day. They feed off each other, so it makes my job a lot easier. They’re so good sometimes they don’t need my help.”

Along the way, Peters became just the third MSU athlete to claim consecutive national championships. He threw a personal-best 86.62m (284-2), breaking his own school, meet and national records. The Bowerman candidate landed three attempts beyond 84.00m and has now thrown six collegiate all-time top-10 marks this year alone.

Curtis Thompson closed his outstanding Bulldog career with another All-American performance. The 2016 national champion threw 78.43m (257-3) to finish second. Freshman Tyriq Horsford started off slowly with a foul and a 70.97m (232-10) throw on his first two attempts. Sitting in sixth place, he vaulted to the bronze-medal position on his third attempt with a mark of 75.59m (248-0).

“As far as the javelin’s concerned, we were perfect,” interim head coach Chris Woods said. “We maximized the amount of points we could get in that event. That’s a great way to start the meet off. Putting 24 points up at a national championship isn’t easy to do. There will be several teams here that don’t do that as a team, and we did it in one event group.

“I’ve been on record several times saying I think April Thomas is one of the best throws coaches in the country,” Woods continued. “I’m proud and happy for her that she’s able to experience this. There’s very few coaches in the history of NCAA track and field that are able to sweep a podium. Being a strong female in a male-dominated area, I think it shows how special she is as a coach. I’m just lucky that she’s on my team.”

On the track, a pair of Bulldogs saw their decorated careers come to a close. Rasheed Tatham finished 20th in the 400m hurdles with a run of 51.28. He advanced to the NCAA Championships in every year of his career. Dejon Devroe, a national scorer indoors last year, earned Second Team All-American honors with a 10th-place finish in the 800m, running 1:48.06.

Junior Stephen Jones’ incredible first season of steeplechase racing ended with a 21st-place finish on Wednesday. Jones was the SEC runner-up and broke the school record in the event, which had stood since 1982.

Men’s Results

400m Hurdles: Quincy Hall, South Carolina, 49.01 (Q)

MSU: 20. Rasheed Tatham, 51.28

800m: Bryce Hoppel, Kansas, 1:45.26 (Q)

MSU: 10. Dejon Devroe, 1:48.06

3000m Steeplechase: Steven Fahy, Stanford, 8:41.60 (Q)
MSU: 21. Stephen Jones, 9:21.48

Javelin: Anderson Peters, Mississippi State, 86.62m (284-2)

MSU: 2. Curtis Thompson, 78.43m (257-3); 3. Tyriq Horsford, 75.59m (248-0)

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