STARKVILLE, Miss. - After a two-week break from action, Mississippi State travels to Lexington for the 2014 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, slated to begin on Thursday at the Kentucky Track and Field Complex.
“Just as with many sports, the SEC is top of the line in competition,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “When we compete this weekend, we will be competing amongst the best. This will not be the last time we see many of these athletes, as the majority will make their way to Nationals once this weekend wraps.”
Highlighting this year's field are nine men's teams and eight women's teams that enter the weekend ranked among the Top 25 in this week's USTFCCCA Rankings.
Joining the Bulldogs in competition will be No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 4 Arkansas, No. 7 Georgia, No. 9 LSU, No. 11 Alabama, No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 19 Kentucky and No. 21 Tennessee; while the No. 19 MSU women will face off against No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 5. Georgia, No. 6 Kentucky, No. 7 LSU, No. 8 Arkansas, and No. 13 Missouri.
Rochelle Farquharson will enter the competition as the fourth-ranked women’s long jumper in the country, third in the SEC, and will likely be a contender for the conference title. Farquharson, who won the long jump crown at this year’s SEC Indoors, holds a season-best 21-03.25, just three inches shy of NCAA-leader Keri Emanuel of LSU.
Also in quest for a first-place finish includes Brandon McBride, who is the NCAA’s fastest 800-meter runner. McBride clocked a 1:45.35 last month at the Mt. SAC Relays, a time that marks a school record.
The Maroon and White will have nearly 30 athletes competing in the four-day event. Action on Thursday will kick off at noon ET and continue at noon ET Friday, 1 p.m. ET Saturday and 11 a.m. ET Sunday.
Live results will be provided through branchsportstech.com, and live coverage of the meet will air on ESPN3.com on Saturday and Sunday. The broadcast will air on Saturday from 3:40 p.m. ET until 6:50 p.m. ET and 1:50 p.m. ET until 5:50 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Additionally, a two-hour show of the 2014 SEC Outdoor Championships will air on ESPNU beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 22. Play-by-play will be provided by Dwight Stones, alongside analyst Larry Rawson and reporter Lewis Johnson.
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