Bulldogs Stay At No. 13 In Latest Track And Field Poll

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Freshman Scottie Hearns has played a key role on the Bulldogs' 4x400-meter relay team this season.
Photo Courtesy of hailstate.com

STARKVILLE, Miss. – With consistent top performances, the Mississippi State men’s track and field team remains in the No. 13 spot in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Computer Team Rankings released on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs have maintained their position in the nation’s Top 15 by donning 10 Top 3 finishes in last weekend’s Crimson Tide Invite in Tuscaloosa. The Maroon and White men captured three wins on the day, as Nathan Arnett clocked a 51.19 in the 400-meter hurdles to place him third on the school’s all-time list.

With leadership from sprinters Daundre Barnaby and Tavaris Tate, as well as jumpers Marcus Jackson and Jason Harper, MSU seeks to continue climbing up the rankings as the season progresses.

“We are pleased to be recognized as one of the top programs in the country, but staying in the same position as last week’s rankings gives us motivation to keep improving,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “It is the final ranking at the end of the season that really matters.”

The Southeastern Conference boasts eight teams in the Top 25, with Texas A&M in the No. 1 spot. Arkansas and Florida follow the Aggies in second and third, respectively.

Dudley’s squads hit the road again this weekend, traveling to Baton Rouge for the Battle on the Bayou on April 13.


USTFCCCA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Rankings (April 9, 2013)

1. Texas A&M
2. Arkansas
3. Florida
4. Oregon
5. Texas
6. Florida State
7. Auburn
8. Southern California
9. Wisconsin
10. LSU
11. Ole Miss
12. UCLA
13. Mississippi State
14. Texas Tech
15. Oklahoma
16. Nebraska
17. Arizona State
18. Indiana
19. Penn State
20. Kansas State
21. Arizona
22. Minnesota
23. Ohio State
24. Baylor
25. Georgia 


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