Steve Dudley begins his 13th year
at Mississippi State and his second in the role of head
coach. Since returning to his alma mater in 2000, Dudley
has tutored over 20 athletes to All-American status. Last season, Dudley was an integral part in the accomplishments of
both the men's and women's track teams.Dudley wanted to prove that MSU meant business, ending his first season with six athletes named to first or second team All-SEC; three named to the
All-Freshman SEC team and had a total of seven athletes garner first, second or
honorary All-American honors.
MSU displayed dominance in 2012 during the indoor season with Favian Cowards winning an individual SEC Cham- pionship, throwing a personal best 66-05 in the weight throw, and also setting five new school records. The 2012 outdoor season ended with 14 athletes competing in eight events at the NCAA Championship in Iowa. The overall season broke multiple records and set a precedent for the hopeful 2013.
Among the 2011 Maroon and White ranks were a couple of SEC Champions. On the Lady Bulldogs side there was Rochelle Farquharson who was named SEC Freshman Field Event Athlete of the Year after winning the SEC Long Jump Championships. For the Bulldogs it was the 4x400-meter squad of James Harris, Daundre Barnaby, Randy Patterson and O'Neal Wilder who under Dudley's guidance claimed the SEC Championship.
2011 also marked the third year in a row that the Bulldogs finished in the Top 20 at the NCAA Championships and the ninth time in ten years they had finished in the Top 25. It was also the eighth year for the Bulldogs to end the season ranked in the Top 25 nationally, coming in at No. 22.
Helping to earn that No. 22 spot were the nine individual athletes who were ranked in the Top 25 in eight different categories. Harris posted the highest ranking at No. 5 in the high jump, while the men's 4x400-meter quartet of Harris, Wilder, Barnaby and Tavaris Tate finished at No. 6 and the 4x100-meter squad of Kendall May, D'Angelo Cherry, Garren Hendricks and Tate ranked 11th. Also individually ranked was Cherry at 8th in the 100-meter dash, Tate at 21st in the 400-meter dash, Emanuel Mayers at 25th in the 400-meter hurdles and Marcus Jackson at 16th in the high jump.
The Lady Bulldogs ended their 2011 campaign with six athletes ranked nationally. Jessica Merriweather paced the group at 13th in the high jump, followed by Richesa McCaleb at 17th in the 200-meter dash and Haley Greenwell at 30th in the 10,000-meter run. Also ranked were Rochelle Farquharson at 30th in the long jump and 39th in the triple jump and Taneisha Baker who came in at 38th in the 400-meter dash.
In 2010, Dudley watched the Bulldogs earn their seventh Top 25 ﬁnish nationally in the last nine years. The Bulldogs also ﬁnished seventh at the SEC Championships and 17th at the NCAA Championships. Nationally ranked every week of the season, MSU's men have reached as high as eighth as they entered the NCAA Championships. 2010 the Bulldogs had a record number of All-SEC Academics with 15. The Bulldogs returned 13 All-SEC performers for the 2011 track and ﬁeld season.
Dudley also saw the Lady Bulldogs set records for the most national qualifiers and the most points by the team at the SEC Championships. Additionally, the women placed a record number of All-SEC Academics performers with 18. 2011 looks to be a good year for the Lady Bulldogs as they return the most point scorers ever, as well as eight All-SEC performers.
Dudley coached seven All-Americans in 2010, including freshman Tavaris Tate. In his first season as a Bulldog, Tate laid an impressive foundation for years to come. Tate began his successes with the indoor season as he set personal records in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes. In the 400m, Tate broke the MSU school record and recorded a NCAA automatic qualifying time. The outdoor season was no different for Tate, as he continued to set personal records. The 400-meter dash was Tate's standout moment, he set a MSU freshman record and an Alabama Relays record. Dudley has always been a great teacher in the relays and 2010 was no different. During the indoor season, Dudley coached Tate, Emmanuel Mayers, Alex Richter, and Dwight Mullings to a MSU school record setting performance in the 4x400-meter relay. The outdoor season was really the time that MSU's relay teams shined as the 4x200-meter team of O'Neal Wilder, Mullings, Tate, and Mayers set a personal record and broke the MSU school record at the Texas Relays; while the 4x400-meter team of Wilder, Mullings, Tate, and Kendall May placed second at the NCAA Championships.
In 2010, Dudley coached Kendall May, Justin Christian, Dwight Mullings, Tavaris Tate to a SEC Championship in the 4x100 Relay.
In 2009, Dudley had five Bulldogs earn All-America accolades, including freshman sprinter D'Angelo Cherry who recorded a personal-best 10.07 seconds in the 100-meter dash. He also tutored Emanuel Mayers to a 50.06 second 400-meter hurdle time, good enough for second in MSU history. Dudley has always been a master of relays, and 2009 was no was a prime example. His 4x100-meter relay team finished 5th at the NCAA Championships and his 4x400-meter relay team earned medalist honors at the Mideast Regional Championships.
2008 saw Dudley lead eight Bulldog sprinters to regional qualifying marks, including two individuals in the 400-meter dash and two in the 800-meter run. He also coached Jamil Hubbard to become an SEC Champion in the 400-meter dash and coached several athletes to NCAA Regional Championships in the 400-meter dash, the 800-meter run and the 4x400-meter relay last year. Dudley coached Kendall May to an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Championships. He also coached O'Neal Wilder to become a USA Track and Field Junior National Champion in the 400-meter dash, a bronze medal at the World Jr. Championships in the 400-meter dash and a gold medal in the 4x400 meter relay. Golden Coachman, Bruce Davis, Chris Woods, Kendall May, John Bailey, Emanuel Mayers and O'Neal Wilder made postseason trips.
The 2007 tandem of State's 4x400-meter relay team of B. Davis, Nathan Daniels, Arthur Davis and Ezra Jones bested their previous finish from 2006, finishing in 3:03 taking fourth place. Coachman and the quartet all gained all-America honors. The 2006 edition of State's 4x400-meter relay team of juniors B. Davis, Jones, A. Davis and Daniels ran 3:05 to finish 7th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In the quartet earned A. Davis his third all-America honor, while B. Davis, Jones and Daniels collected their first. In 2005, Dudley guided State's 4x400-meter relay squad to a fifth-place finish at the national championships and broke a school record held for more than a decade (3:01.63). As a result, senior Jamel Ashley, freshman Elzie Coleman, A. Davis, senior LaChristopher Lewis, Kendall Pyant II and Chris Woods earned all-America status. In the 4x100-meter relay, Ashley, Lewis, sophomore Eliott Morant and Mullings tied a school record with a 39.09 clocking at the Texas Relays. Mullings, Ashley, Davis and Lewis combined to finish third in the event at the SEC Championships. Since the 2003 Penn Relays, the Bulldogs have failed to win the 4x200-meter relay only once. Former Bulldog Steve Mullings posted the fastest regional-qualifying time in the country in the 100-meter dash (10.06) and won the Southeastern Conference and Mideast Regional championships. In his final season for the Maroon and White, Jamel Ashley garnered all-America honors with a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the national championships. Ashley's 44.75 broke a school record he set a day earlier.
At the 2004 SEC Championships, Ashley, Davis, Keston Nelson and Lewis finished second in the 4x4. Ashley took eighth in the 400m at the national meet, while the 4x400 squad finished third.
Pierre Browne was named the 2003 NCAA Indoor National Champion in the 60-meter dash and finished runner-up in the 100m at the outdoor national meet. Marquis Davis finished second in the 200m at the outdoor national meet the same season. Throughout the season, four of Dudley athletes accumulated six all-America honors. In Dudley's first season in Starkville his athletes earn eight all-America accolades.