STARKVILLE, Miss. - After exceeding preseason expectations at the SEC Cross Country Championships, Mississippi State looks to capitalize on an even greater opportunity this Friday at the NCAA South Regional in Tallahassee, Fla.
Hosted by No. 23 Florida State, the meet will include approximately 40 schools from the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, including seven other Southeastern Conference squads.
MSU notched a pair of Top 10 scores at the SEC Championships in Nashville, with the Lady Bulldogs finishing 10th and the men completing the day in eighth place. Both squads recorded higher finishes than three of the SEC teams they will compete against in Tallahassee.
The women have crossed the line ahead of Alabama at four different meets, while also beating Auburn and Tennessee twice.
Senior Renee Masterson has posted the fastest time for the Lady Bulldogs at all five meets this fall.
"Our goal is to run as hard as we can and PR like we've been doing," junior Katie Huston said. "We want teams to know they had to work hard to beat us or to get beat by us."
In impressive fashion, the men have out-raced rivals Ole Miss and Alabama at three different meets this season and hold victories against Tennessee, LSU and Vanderbilt.
Philip Johnson and John Valentine have remained constant fixtures atop the Bulldog leaderboard, both posting the best MSU time at two different meets. Most recently, Cameron Vernier (25:09.38) led all Bulldog racers as the team's only Top 45 individual runner at the SEC Championships.
Action begins bright and early in the Sunshine State with the women's 6K race at 8:30 a.m. and the men's 10K race at 9:15 a.m.