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Mike Sanders Track Complex

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On Friday, April 10, 2015, the Mississippi State University track was named the Mike Sanders Track Complex after former track standout Michael W. Sanders.

Over the past four years, the track stadium at MSU has seen many enhancements. A brick grandstand was added in 2013 and holds about 3,000 people.

MSU played host to for the 2015 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 14-16 at the newly dedicated Mike Sanders Track Complex. Also during the 2015 season, MSU hosted the Border Clash and the Jace LaCoste Invitational.


An MSU alumnus, Sanders began his college career in 1960 after receiving a dual scholarship for football and track and field. His football career was ended due to injuries, but he was able to continue track and field during his time at MSU. In his sophomore year, he and fellow members of the MSU track team competed in and won the 1962 SEC championship. He is a member of the university’s M-Club for his achievements in track.

After college Sanders went on to work in the family business, Jimmy Sanders Inc., one of the South’s largest agriculture input supply and distribution businesses. Sanders would eventually become president and CEO. Sanders has served on the boards for the Alumni Foundation, the MSU Foundation, and the Bulldog Club. Since graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1964, Mike has been a member of the MSU Alumni Association and continues ties with his fraternity, Sigma Chi.

In 2014, Sanders was named the Mississippi State National Alumnus of the Year

Today Sanders resides in Cleveland, Miss., with his wife Nan Long Sanders. Together the couple has two children, Michael W. Sanders and Amanda Sanders Turner, along with Sander’s daughter Ellen Sanders Voelkel and six grandchildren.


The dedication of the W.O. Spencer Track Stadium took place on Nov. 13, 1982. Named after two-time Olympian and former Mississippi State track and field athlete W.O. Spencer. His generous donations gave the MSU track program a grandstand that seated 3,500 fans.

Spencer lettered four years in in track and three in cross country under former coach E.C. “Billy” Hayes. During his time on the track and field team, he served as the 1922 season captain and was the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association mile champion in 1921 and 1922.

In the 1924 Olympic games in Paris, Spencer placed first in the mile relay team and finished third in the steeplechase in the 1928 games in Amsterdam.

After his competition year, Spencer went on to become the MSU track and field coach from 1936 through 1947, minus four years while serving on active military duty.

Spencer was installed in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson in 1968 and in 1971 was inducted into the MSU Sports Hall of Fame.


Work was completed on Mississippi State’s $3.2 million renovation to the Carl Maddox Track at W.O. Spencer Stadium in 2011 in time for several MSU home meets during that spring, including the SEC/Big 10 Challenge in March.

The state-of-the-art facility features nine lanes, a steeplechase water jump and high jump, pole vault and long/triple jump areas, in addition to a javelin runway and shot put, hammer and discus throw rings.





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