Joseph Queen (5-foot-9, 170), an outstanding athlete who participates in track, football and baseball at Jackson Prep, has decided to cast his lot with the Mississippi State Bulldogs' track program. Joseph is one of the top pole-vaulters in the state of Mississippi as well as one of the top 110 high hurdles and 300 meters low hurdles performer. Gene's Page did an exclusive interview with Joseph."> Joseph Queen (5-foot-9, 170), an outstanding athlete who participates in track, football and baseball at Jackson Prep, has decided to cast his lot with the Mississippi State Bulldogs' track program. Joseph is one of the top pole-vaulters in the state of Mississippi as well as one of the top 110 high hurdles and 300 meters low hurdles performer. Gene's Page did an exclusive interview with Joseph.">

Joseph Queen to be a Bulldog

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/track/2004/josephqueen.jpg" align="left"> Joseph Queen (5-foot-9, 170), an outstanding athlete who participates in track, football and baseball at Jackson Prep, has decided to cast his lot with the Mississippi State Bulldogs' track program. Joseph is one of the top pole-vaulters in the state of Mississippi as well as one of the top 110 high hurdles and 300 meters low hurdles performer. Gene's Page did an exclusive interview with Joseph.

Before we get into the interview, here are a few honors that tell you what kind of athlete and person MSU track is getting.

He was selected his team's most valuable player in football and track, made All-Conference in baseball, earned MPSA All-State and All-District as well as a member of the Clarion-Ledger All-Metro football team. Selected permanent team captain on the football team and also selected as a member of the Who's Who among Americas High School Athletes and Students.


Tell me a little about the events you participate in and how you have done in them this year?
"I've pole vaulted 14', the best reported height in the MPSA, and am getting close to my school and state record (of Mississippi). I also do the 110 high hurdles, the 300 meter low hurdles, the sprint relays, along with playing football and baseball." (The pole vault Prep record is 14'1" and the state record is 14'6".-Gene)

How are you doing in the 110 and 300?
"In the 110 highs I have come in second in the meets and in the 300's I have the best reported time in the state in the MPSA."

What have the college coaches said about how much you can improve on the pole vault?
"We're confident that I will be able to improve next year. Playing three sports, I really haven't had much time to focus on track. I played quarterback for the football team and didn't get any track practice time in the fall. And now I'm playing centerfield for our baseball team. (The coaches) said that I will have a good opportunity to improve once I can focus on one sport."

What colleges did you consider?
"I visited Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Delta State, Mississippi College, and Millsaps College. I narrowed it down to Ole Miss and State. The thing that really made the difference for me was the people. When I went to State, I felt at home. Everybody was real nice and it just seemed like a really great environment for me. I knew it would be since I have been a fan of Mississippi State growing up."

When did you become a fan of Mississippi State?
"My dad graduated from there in 1978. I've been a Bulldog fan since I was a little kid. Growing up, I've always gone to State baseball and football games."

When you visited State, what were some of the things you liked about it?
"When we went up, we met with (assistant) coach (Keith) Powell first. He showed us around the track and all the facilities. We met a couple of the athletes. I met Trey Hardee and a couple of other high jumpers and pole vaulters and some of the (other) assistant coaches and (head) coach (Al) Schmidt. After talking with everyone, I felt really excited about the possibility of a future at State. I felt like it was a second home. The whole time up there was fun."

Going back to your recruitment. What event or sports did the other schools recruit you for?
"Ole Miss was pole vault. Delta State was football and baseball. MC was also football and baseball and possibly track. Millsaps was football and baseball."


Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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