STARKVILLE, Miss. – After three consecutive trips to Birmingham to begin its 2014 campaign, Mississippi State track and field heads to Nashville on Friday for the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational.
MSU is coming off a trip that saw seven Top 10 finishes at the Auburn Indoor Invitational held at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Jan. 18. With their momentum building, the Bulldogs look to showcase their talents among some of the nation’s best.
The Commodores host a meet that will include 11 women’s teams and nine men’s teams as fellow Southeastern Conference competitors Auburn, Georgia and Ole Miss join the action. Other schools in attendance will include Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Western Kentucky.Coach Steve Dudley dons the nation’s No. 11 men and No. 15 women, while Georgia’s men and women rank 13th and 5th, respectively, and Ole Miss brings its 16th-ranked men to Nashville.
Having 15 freshmen on the roster, Mississippi State is loaded with fresh talent and continuously maturing as the season progresses. Another opportunity to compete against conference rivals will give the Maroon and White the preparation needed for the SEC Indoor Championships set for Feb. 27-March 1 in College Station, Texas.
“This meet is a great chance to continue to build our team chemistry and execute everything we’ve trained for in practice all week,” Dudley said. “The field of teams we’ll see this weekend will give us a good indication of our strengths and weaknesses as the season develops.”
Action on Friday is slated to begin at 5 p.m. as the meet opens with field events, followed by running events at 7:45 p.m. Day two of competition will continue Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
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