News from MSU Media Relations--May 10, 2011

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Baseball, Track and Field, Football and Basketball.


Registration Open For Mississippi State Baseball Camp

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Registration is now under way for the five sessions of the 2011 Mississippi State Baseball Summer Camps scheduled in June and July on the MSU campus.

The camps will be held at Dudy Noble Field, the home of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the spacious Palmeiro Center and at the Easton Practice Field. Instruction for the camps will be provided by third-year Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen and the MSU coaching staff.

This year's baseball camp schedule opens with a pair of team camp sessions (June 6-9 and June 13-16), designed for high school teams with players in grades 9-12. In addition to instruction and training, the team camps feature competition between teams.

An all-skills exposure camp (grades 7-12) is scheduled July 12-15, while the pitcher/catcher/infielders camp follows July 15-17.

Rounding out this year's camp offerings is the popular youth day camp July 18-21 (grades 1-5), with daily camp check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m. and camp check-out each afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Online registration and the camp brochure are available online ( For additional information, contact the MSU Baseball Coaches Office (662) 325-3597.

MSU Men's Track & Field Team Ranked No. 22 In Latest Poll

STARKVILLE, Miss. – With the regular season now concluded, Mississippi State heads to the SEC Championships this week ranked No. 22 in the latest USTFCCCA poll.

The Bulldogs are one of seven SEC ranked in the Top 25, while two-time defending national champion Texas A&M remains No. 1. Florida and LSU are Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.

The men have athletes ranked in the Top 25 in eight different categories, with true freshman James Harris posting the highest ranking at 5th in the high jump. The women, while not in the Top 25 as a team, are ranked in six events. Jessica Merriweather paces the Lady Bulldogs at 13th in the high jump.

The men's 4x400 squad of Harris, O'Neal Wilder, Daundre Barnaby and Tavaris Tate remains at No. 6, while the 4x100 team of Kendall May, D'Angelo Cherry, Garren Hendricks and Tate is No. 11.

In the 100m dash, Cherry is 8th and Hendricks is No. 49, while in the 200m dash Tate is 42nd, followed by Hendricks and Harris at 49th. In the 400m dash, Tate leads the way at No. 21, while Harris is No. 28 and Barnaby No. 39.

Rounding out the Bulldog rankings are Marcus Jackson in high jump at 16th, Emanuel Mayers in the 400m hurdles at No. 25 and Ed Wesela in the shot put at No. 38.

However, Mayers, an All-American, had his season come to an abrupt end following surgery three weeks ago to repair nerve damage in his right foot.

As for the Lady Bulldogs, Richesa McCaleb is 17th in the 200m dash, while Taneisha Baker is No. 38 in the 400m dash. Haley Greenwell finds herself No. 30 in the 10k.

Rounding out the rankings is Rochelle Farquharson in the long jump (30) and triple jump (39).

The SEC Championships are scheduled for May 12-15 in Athens, Ga.

SportSouth Original Productions Presents Spotlight: Mississippi State Athletics

SportSouth today announced the debut of its latest SportSouth Originals production, Spotlight: Mississippi State Athletics, a 30-minute special highlighting some of the key figures responsible for the success of the Bulldogs' athletics department. Hosted by Ray Goodrich, Spotlight: Mississippi State Athletics debuts on SportSouth on Friday, May 13 at 10 pm CT immediately following an SEC baseball game between the Bulldogs and the Ole Miss Rebels at 7 p.m. CT.

Spotlight: Mississippi State Athletics features interviews with Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin and three of the school's head coaches – football coach Dan Mullen, men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury and baseball coach John Cohen. All three coaches wear wireless microphones during practices to give viewers an all-access, behind-the-scenes look at their programs.

Spotlight: Mississippi State Athletics also takes viewers inside the Templeton Athletic Academic Center, named for former MSU Director of Athletics Larry Templeton, a facility housing computer rooms, tutor work areas, study areas and a 300-seat dining facility for student athletes.

Spotlight: Mississippi State Athletics premieres on SportSouth on Friday, May 13 at 11 p.m. ET and has additional airings on:

  • May 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • May 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET
  • May 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • May 26 at 5 p.m. ET (between SEC Baseball Tournament games)
  • May 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET (between SEC Baseball Tournament games)

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