STARKVILLE, Miss. - After a record-setting regular season, five Bulldogs will represent Mississippi State track and field at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 14-15.
“We have a great bunch of athletes, and the number of national qualifications we have is a direct reflection of that talent,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “I am confident in their ability, and I am looking forward to seeing them compete."
Junior Erica Bougard, the 2014 Southeastern Conference pentathlon champion, enters the meet with a nation-leading score of 4,458. Bougard won the event at last year’s NCAA Indoors, setting the previous school record of 4,399. The Byhalia, Miss., native is also the No. 6 seed in the women’s long jump.
Joining her, senior Rochelle Farquharson enters the competition as the No. 5 seed in the long jump. Farquharson was recently crowned the women’s SEC long jump champion with a leap of 21-00.75, good for third on the MSU all-time indoor performance list.
Also seeing action this week, senior Marcus Jackson will compete in the high jump. The Carrollton, Miss., native ranks second nationally in the event (7-05.25) and was the runner-up at the 2013 Championships.
“My goal is to become a national champion this year,” Jackson said. “Coming into this meet, I have my mind set on jumping to the best of my ability and getting that No. 1 spot on the podium. Being here is one of the greatest experiences that I could have, and since this is my last NCAA Indoors, I want to get the most out of being here.”
Junior Brandon McBride and senior Jason Harper will also make the trip to New Mexico, competing in the 800-meter run and triple jump, respectively. McBride enters the meet as the No. 4 seed (1:47.51), while Harper enters as the No. 8 seed (52-07.25).
All except for Farquharson are making their second-straight appearance at the event. As a junior, Bougard has now qualified for NCAA Indoors every year since arriving on campus. Additionally, this will mark Jackson’s third-consecutive showing in his four years at MSU.
The 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships are slated to begin on Friday at 10 a.m. MST. Fans can follow all the action this weekend through ESPN3’s live stream, as well as live results on www.flashresults.com. ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 14 starting at 6:55 p.m. CT and March 15 starting at 7:50 p.m. CT. A 90-minute broadcast of the Championships will air on Saturday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Also, fans can follow the team on Twitter (@HailStateTF) and Instagram (HailStateTF) for more news and updates as the Bulldogs compete.