Men Ranked 11th, Women 23rd In Latest Track and Field Poll
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After consecutive weekends that produced multiple broken records, Mississippi State men’s and women’s track and field teams currently hold the No. 11 and No. 23 spots, respectively, in the latest USTFCCCA Team Rankings released on Tuesday.
“We’ve had a couple of really great performances the past few weeks, with the men and women distance medley relays breaking the school records.” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “Our goal all year has been to keep improving and let the results speak for themselves.”
Most recently at the Alex Wilson Invitational, the Bulldog distance medley relay team clocked a record-breaking time of 9:33.61 to secure the school’s top indoor speed. The quartet, comprised of Patrick Monoghan, Scottie Hearn, Brandon McBride and Damian Roszko, finished 10th at the Notre Dame event. The squad’s time is the 13th-best in the nation.
Additionally, MSU compliments its speed with exceptional field athletes. Marcus Jackson ranks No. 2 in the high jump after clearing a season-best 7-05.25 at the Tyson Invitational. Pentathlete Erica Bougard owns the country’s No. 5 leap in the long jump with a mark of 20-11.25.
Bougard and Jackson are both set to compete at NCAA Indoor Nationals in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 12-15.
The Southeastern Conference currently has seven teams in the men’s USTFCCCA Top 25, as Arkansas and Florida hold the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively. On the women’s side, eight SEC teams can be found in this week’s rankings.
The MSU women will travel to College Station on Thursday to begin the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships. Action at Texas A&M will continue until Saturday evening.
For more information, fans can follow the team on Twitter (@HailStateTF) and Instagram (HailStateTF).
Men’s Rankings (Week #5, Feb. 25)
3. Texas A&M
6. Florida State
7. Penn State
8. Southern California
10. Notre Dame
11. Mississippi State
18. Kennesaw State
22. Texas Tech
25. Ohio State
Women’s Rankings (Week #5, Feb. 25)
3. Texas A&M
11. Penn State
12. Texas Tech
13. North Carolina
16. South Dakota
20. Iowa State
22. Kent State
23. Mississippi State