COLUMBIA, Mo. ? With four events complete, sophomore Erica Bougardstands second in the women's heptathlon after day one of the 2013 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.
Her performances highlighted by wins in the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash, Bougard was the only athlete to compete for the Mississippi State track and field team on Thursday. She entered the meet ranked ninth nationally in the heptathlon and third in the SEC.
Taking an early lead in the competition, the Lady Bulldog won the first event, clocking a 13.40 in the 100-meter hurdles. Bougard's time, which was just shy of her personal-best 13.39, earned her 1,065 points.
The Byhalia, Miss., native then picked up 928 points in the high jump, clearing 5-09.25 to finish second. After two events, Bougard rested in second on the leaderboard.
Up next for Bougard was the shot put. Her toss of 35-01.25 placed her in tenth, but allowed her to maintain her spot in second moving into the 200-meter dash. There, the MSU standout excelled with a personal-best 23.93, which stood as the fastest time of the day for the women and earned her 987 points.
The heptathlon will resume tomorrow at noon as the competition concludes with the long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run. Bougard will head into day two of SECs in second place with 3,555 points, 201 points behind leader Makeba Alcide of Arkansas.
"Erica got off to a great start today," MSU coach Steve Dudley said. "One of her best events, the long jump, is still to come tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing her finish strong, and hopefully she can come out on top."
For more information on this weekend's championships, follow the team on Twitter (@msutracksarah) and visit SECDigitalNetwork.com for the complete schedule and results.