STARKVILLE, Miss. - Being named All-SEC was a pleasant surprise for Haley Greenwell and Renee Masterson, but with the NCAA South Regional slated for Saturday, the MSU sophomores were quick to celebrate, and then get right back to work.
"I was just really happy," Greenwell said. "I definitely didn't expect it, but it felt great to be up there. It is a real honor to be selected and having Renee with me made it even better."
"It was definitely a surprise," Masterson said. "It is something that no one can ever take away from me and having Haley to celebrate with made it extra special. But we couldn't celebrate long, because now we have the NCAA South Regional meet and we have to get back to work preparing for that."
Preparing they are. Coach Houston Franks knows that it is going to take excellent performance for both teams to have success on Saturday, and he has been working to prepare them both mentally and physically for the challenge.
"It is going to be a dogfight, but it will be a fun fight." Franks said. "We got up for the SEC, and we need to carry that momentum through to the Regional. On both sides runners are going to have to step their game up and give it all they have, if we want to succeed. I am confident we are prepared physically, now we just have to get ourselves in race mode mentally."
The Lady Bulldogs will lace up at 9:45 am in Veterans Park, at Hoover, Ala., with the men following shortly at 10:45 am.
"The teams are ready to compete," Greenwell commented. "I am excited about our potential going in and ready to see where our hard work takes us."
"I know that with coach Franks training we can do great things," Masterson said. "He has us ready to compete and if we get out there and run with heart we will be successful."
On the men's side, Franks says they are young, but there are several guys who are "knocking at the door" and just waiting on that breakthrough performance. Franks is once again looking to senior Adam Lenz and his experience to guide the team, but he is also counting on the youth like Nick Perkins to bring freshness to the meet.
"We are young on the men's side, but they are a talented group," Franks commented. "If we can get the experience from Lenz to blend with the freshness of the young guys, then we will have something special on our hands."
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Brad Mason, a sophomore on the Mississippi State men's golf team has been selected to the Fall Golf Honor Roll by the Southeastern Conference along with 11 other golfers in the conference.
Mason was active in all five tournaments for the Maroon and White, posting two top 20 individual finishes including a fifth-place showing at the fall opener.
Mason was MSU's top finisher a team-high three times, led the Bulldogs in first-round stroke average (72.2) and recorded State's only hole-in-one in the fall on a par 3 at the David Toms Intercollegiate.
The Bulldogs will tee off the spring season at the Gator Invitational on Feb. 12.