MSU Set For Historic Penn Relays

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The 119th Penn Relays begin on Thursday.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Recently topping the rankings in ten individual events, Mississippi State track and field looks to continue its positive momentum as it travels to Philadelphia for the distinguished Penn Relays on April 25-27.

Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field, the event is in its 119th year after debuting on April 21, 1895. The Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States.

“The Penn Relays are one of the premier track and field events,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “Some of the best athletes in the world will be competing, and there is an energy that surrounds the track that is just electric. It is one of those places where every athlete needs to compete at least once in their career.”

This year’s edition of the Penn Relays features athletes from 34 states and 11 countries, including Jamaica and Puerto Rico. Six other Southeastern Conference teams will also join the Bulldogs in Philadelphia, including Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

Action kicks off for Dudley’s squads on Thursday and will conclude on Saturday with the highly anticipated “USA vs. World” events. NBC will televise these particular events on Saturday afternoon live from 12-2 p.m. CT, and competition can also be seen live on NBC Universal that day from 2-4 p.m. CT.

The Bulldogs’ sixth-ranked 400-meter relay team will lace up on the final day of the meet at 5 p.m., as the weekend is capped with the Championship of America 400-meter relays. The foursome, which includes Tavaris Tate, Brandon McBride, Daundre Barnaby and Randy Patterson, will seek to beat a season-best time of 3:05.35 that they clocked last month at the Texas Relays in Austin.

This weekend marks the last opportunity for the Maroon and White to compete before heading to the 2013 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Missouri on May 9-12.   

For live updates on the Penn Relays, follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@msutracksarah) and visit


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