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Bulldogs Aim For Nationals At Last Chance Qualifier

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Senior Tavaris Tate looks to qualify for his last NCAA Indoors in maroon and white.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Following a strong showing at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships last weekend, select members of the Mississippi State indoor track and field team will venture to South Bend, Ind., for the Alex Wilson Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on March 1-2.

The two-day event will take place at the Loftus Sports Center and serves as the one of the nation's designated last chance qualifier meets, giving athletes a final opportunity to qualify for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships.

"Our vision of consistently improving has not changed, and for that to happen we have to be out there competing" coach Steve Dudley said. "The more we compete, the better we can become, and the better we become, the more we improve our chances of accomplishing the ultimate goal."

Athletes to see action in South Bend include the 4x400-meter relay quartet of Daundre Barnaby, Scottie Hearn, Brandon McBride and Randy Patterson, as well as Marcus Jackson (high jump) and Jason Harper (triple jump). Barnaby and McBride will also compete in the 400-meter dash, along with Jody-Ann Muir, the lone Lady Bulldog making the trip.

"Going into this meet, my goal is to just remain focused on the race at hand," senior Tavaris Tate said. "We have improved in so many areas as a team this season. We can't lose sight of the big picture and that's getting a step closer to greatness every time we step foot in practice and in a meet."

Events for the Bulldogs will not begin until Saturday at 11 a.m. as Harper will kick off competition in the triple jump. The 4x400-meter relay will conclude the day at 2:10 p.m.

Meanwhile, senior D'Angelo Cherry will compete at the 2013 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. The sprinter is scheduled to run in the 60-meter dash on Sunday, March 3.

After returning to Starkville, NCAA-qualified athletes will prepare for the indoor-season finale as Arkansas plays host to the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville.


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