Bulldogs Lace Up For NCAA Indoor Championships

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Five Bulldogs will compete at this year's NCAA Indoor Championships.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - After a record-setting regular season, Mississippi State indoor track and field team members will return to familiar territory, as five Bulldogs will travel to the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Arkansas on March 8-9 at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.

Just two weeks ago, the MSU women set more than 20 personal records at the Southeastern Conference Championships at the Razorbacks' facility. Now, lone Lady Bulldog Erica Bougard will join D'Angelo Cherry, Jason Harper, Marcus Jackson and Brandon McBride to represent MSU this weekend in a competition featuring the some of the sport's most elite athletes.

"We have a great group competing this weekend," coach Steve Dudley said. "These five have been leaders for our team all season, and they've worked hard to get to this point. I can't wait to watch them compete."

Harper enters the meet ranked No. 12 in the nation in the triple jump (52-04.75), while Bougard ranks fifth in both the long jump and indoor pentathlon. Bougard set a personal-best 20-05.75 jump at the SEC Championships on Feb. 23, and she currently holds the top spot on the MSU all-time performer list for the pentathlon (4,109).

"I knew last week I needed a big jump to qualify for NCAAs, and now I'm looking forward to ending my indoor season with a personal-best," Harper said. "I want to finish Top 8 in the triple jump."

Cherry, who enters the competition as the USA Indoor 60-meter dash champion, will have the chance to see if his speed can capture another national title. The Bulldog clocked a 6.49 last weekend, marking the sixth fastest time in collegiate history.

Ranked thirteenth nationally, Jackson will also see action in the high jump, while McBride laces up in the 800-meter dash. McBride, who is only a freshman, ranks ninth in the country in the event with a time of 1:47.74.

The championships are slated to begin Friday at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live on ESPN3 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. A tape delay of the meet will also air on Sunday, March 17 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. NCAA.com and arkansasrazorbacks.com will supplement EPSN's coverage.

For more information and updates on MSU track and field, follow your Bulldogs on Twitter (@msutracksarah).


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