STARKVILLE, Miss. - Almost a century old and one of the most prestigious track meets in the nation, the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays will kick off on Thursday.
"The Texas Relays are a big deal in the track and field world," coach Steve Dudley said. ‘Some of the best athletes in the world will be competing this week. For our athletes to line up against them will be a great experience and a true testing ground for where we stand as a team."
Mississippi State travels to Austin with a host of athletes who are coming off a successful run at the SEC/BIG 10 Challenge last Friday, including freshman Jarrett Samuels, who currently holds the nation's top collegiate length in the long jump.
On the women's side, another freshman will be leading the charge, as Erica Bougard, gets things underway for the Lady Bulldogs as she competes in the heptathlon.
Looking at the name of the meet, it is clear that relays are the focus of the day. Highlighting the time for the Bulldogs will be the nation's 17th ranked 4x100-meter squad and the third ranked 4x400-meter quartet. The Lady Bulldogs we will see the No. 34 4x100-meter foursome and the 27th ranked 4x400-meter team.
Action concludes Saturday evening with the 4x400-meter relay.
While the first group of Maroon and White athletes are competing in Texas, a small group of athletes will make their way North to compete in the Ole Miss Invitational on Saturday.. Highlighting that group of athletes will be jumpers Ebony Brinker and Jason Harper, sprinter Garren Hendricks and distance runner Renee Masterson.
Competition will begin in Oxford at 10 a.m., with the women's hammer throw, and will conclude at 7:40 p.m., with the 4x400-meter relay.