2014 USTFCCCA Indoor All-Americans Include Five Bulldogs

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Senior Rochelle Farquharson, who picked up All-SEC First Team honors earlier this month, became the first MSU athlete to win the women’s long jump at SEC Indoors.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. – All-America honors for the 2014 indoor track and field season were announced on Monday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as five Mississippi State Bulldogs were named to the list.

Junior Erica Bougard, senior Rochelle Farquharson, senior Marcus Jackson and sophomore Brandon McBride earned first-team honors, while senior Jason Harper garnered second-team recognition.

Those who finished in an event’s top-8 at the NCAA Indoor Championships were awarded first-team honors, and those who placed between ninth and 16th earned second-team honors. 

MSU’s trip to Albuquerque, N.M., was highlighted by McBride’s win in the 800-meter run (1:48.17) as the program collected its third individual national championship in the last two years.

Bougard is no stranger to awards this season, as the Southeastern Conference pentathlon champion claimed both SEC Field Athlete of the Year and USTFCCCA South Region honors for her dominance in 2014. She finished runner-up in the women’s pentathlon at NCAA Indoors, improving her personal best and the school record with an outstanding 4,586 points.

Farquharson, who picked up All-SEC First Team honors earlier this month, became the first MSU athlete to win the women’s long jump at SEC Indoors. Most recently, she posted a leap of 20-09.25 to finish third in the country in the event.

Jackson cleared 7-06.00 to tie his personal-best in the high jump at Nationals, placing him third in the event. Fellow men’s jumper Harper boasted a 10th-place finish in the triple jump (51-05.00), good for second-team honors.

“What an awesome indoor season we had this year,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “These athletes played a special part in the accomplishments we earned. They deserve every bit of recognition they have received as we continue to take this program to the next level.”

The Bulldogs have continuously broken records this season en route to the best women’s finish at NCAA Indoors in school history (10th). To begin the outdoor season, MSU will hit the road on March 22 to travel to Tuscaloosa for the Alabama Relays.

A complete list of this season’s USTFCCCA All-Americans can be found on www.ustfccca.org. For more information on MSU track and field, fan cans follow the team on Twitter (@HailStateTF) and Instagram (HailStateTF).


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