STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following a second-place team finish at the Jace Lacoste Invitational, the Mississippi State women’s track and field team lands at No. 18 in the latest USTFCCCA Team Rankings released on Tuesday.
Falling six spots from last week’s standings, the MSU women still remain a constant fixture atop the national leaderboard in individual rankings.
“I always ask our athletes to strive to do better than yesterday,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “This season still has room for improvement, and these women are fighting hard to show their dedication.”
Coming in at No. 4, Rochelle Farquharson leads the standings for Dudley’s women as the 2014 SEC Indoor long jump champion secured her spot with a mark of 21-03.25 at the LSU Alumni Gold meet. A personal best, the leap is just three inches shy of the nation-leading jump (21-06.25) by Keri Emanuel of LSU.
Rhianwedd Price finds herself in the country’s top-10 best 15000-meter runners. Her time of 4:16.11 at Mt. SAC Relays ranks second all-time for the Bulldogs.
Additionally, Cornelia Griesche ranks ninth in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase after turning in a school-best 10:04.05 last month.
The Southeastern Conference holds three of the women’s top 5 as Florida occupies the top spot, followed by Texas A&M and Kentucky in fourth and fifth, respectively. With currently eight schools in the top 25 and six in the top 10, the conference boasts some of the country’s greatest athletes as it prepares for this year’s SEC Outdoor Championships, slated for May 15-18 in Lexington.
Though the MSU men have yet to crack the top 25 in the team rankings, Brandon McBride remains the No. 1 in the nation in the men’s 800-meter run with a school-record 1:45.35.
Scottie Hearn also stays ranked this week, sitting at No. 21 in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. His speed of 51.04 comes with a win in the event at the Jace Lacoste Invitational, hosted by the Bulldogs last weekend.
The Maroon and White will have a break from action until traveling to Kentucky for the conference championships.
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