STARKVILLE, Miss. - After earning 19 Top 3 finishes in Baton Rouge, the Mississippi State track and field team will make the two-hour drive northwest to Oxford for the Mississippi Open hosted by Ole Miss on Saturday.
Joining the Bulldogs at the Ole Miss Track and Field Complex include the 11th-ranked Ole Miss men, along with Missouri State and Murray State.
The MSU men’s squad enters the weekend ranked No. 14 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association Poll, paced by the NCAA’s second-ranked high jumper Marcus Jackson and Top 15 sprinters Nathan Arnett and Daundre Barnaby.
Arnett’s victory in the 400-meter hurdles (51.26) helped lead the Bulldogs to a fifth-place finish at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou last weekend.
On the women’s side, Mississippi State’s Jody-Ann Muir and Kanishia Carey posted top speeds for the Lady Bulldogs as they finished fourth overall. Muir’s time of 53.25 placed her second in the 400-meter dash, while Carey finished third in the 800-meter run, turning in a 2:11.24.
“We’ve had a successful season so far, but you can never get complacent,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “I always tell the athletes that to be competitive, you have to constantly be better tomorrow than you were today. Traveling to Oxford will give us not only the opportunity to get more track time under our feet, but also the chance to compete against some premier athletes.”
Competition gets underway with throwing events at 9 a.m. Running events will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Following Saturday’s meet, MSU will travel to Philadelphia for the historic Penn Relays next weekend.
For live updates on the Mississippi Open, follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@msutracksarah) and visit olemisssports.com.