STARKVILLE, Miss. - It has been said that everything is bigger in Texas, and the Mississippi State track and field team hopes to rise to the occasion on the big stage as it heads to Austin for the historic 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on March 27-29.
A total of 6,552 athletes from 32 states and nine countries are expected to compete at the Texas Longhorns’ Mike A. Myers Stadium for one of the largest meets in the nation. Twelve other Southeastern Conference squads will join MSU at the event.
“This meet is one of the biggest and most prestigious track events in the nation,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “I’m excited about the group we have competing here this week. The team chemistry is really special this season, and I think it’s reflecting in the performances we’ve had so far this year.”
MSU captured 27 top-10 finishes and four wins last weekend at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa to begin its outdoor campaign.
Nearly 20 Bulldogs are slated to compete in a total of 18 events across the four-day meet. Action is scheduled to begin for MSU on Thursday at 5 p.m. as Javon Davis races in the 400-meter hurdles prelims. Later that evening, the Maroon and White distance runners will hit the track for the 1500-meter run, 3000-meter steeplechase and 5000-meter run.
Friday’s session will showcase field events, as well as relays for MSU with competitors in the triple jump, long jump, women’s 4x400-meter relay and distance medley relay.
On Saturday, members of Dudley’s squad will compete in the 110-meter hurdles, Jerry Thompson Mile Invitational and the men’s 4x400-meter relay.
The complete meet schedule and further information on this year’s Texas Relays can be found by visiting www.texassports.com.
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