5th Ranked MSU Track Team Begins Title Chase

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The last meet of the 2003 season for Mississippi State track teams begins Wednesday. The 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are hosted by Sacramento State University.

State's men come to the California capital ranked fifth in the country. MSU's women have one competitor in the field who could contend for an individual national title.

Action starts Wednesday for the men with 100-meter dash preliminaries and 110-meter hurdles trials. Also scheduled for the first day of preliminaries is the 4x100m relay prelims as well as semifinals of the 100-meter dash.

Freshman Trey Hardee also competes on the opening day at Hornet Stadium. The Vestavia Hills, Ala, native starts the first day of the decathlon on Wednesday.

Preliminaries dominate the Thursday schedule, as the 200-meter dash preliminaries and semifinals are slated. The 400m dash and 4x400m relay for the men and 1500-meter run for the women also run preliminaries. The 110-meter hurdle semifinals and final day of the decathlon take place as well. Friday and Saturday are full of finals, where the bulk of the meet will be decided.

For State's men, senior Pierre Browne and junior Marquis Davis have a loaded schedule. The pair runs in the 100 & 200 meters as well as on the 4x100m relay. LaChristopher Lewis is on the 4x100m and 4x400m teams as well as running in the 400-meter dash. Glenn McFadden is part of the 4x100m relay team and in the 200-meter dash. Senior Kelvin Harris runs in his only NCAA Championship in the 110m hurdles and the 4x400m relay. Keston Nelson and Jamel Ashley also run on the 4x400m relay team.

Tiffany McWilliams makes her second straight appearance in the outdoor national championships. She competes in the 1500m for the second straight year.

Results will be posted at hornetsports.com and ncaasports.com

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