Trackwire.com, the official rankings of NCAA track. This is the highest ranking ever for a track team at MSU, with the highest ranking for the men coming during this indoor season when they were ranked 16th before the NCAA Indoor Championships."> Trackwire.com, the official rankings of NCAA track. This is the highest ranking ever for a track team at MSU, with the highest ranking for the men coming during this indoor season when they were ranked 16th before the NCAA Indoor Championships.">

Men's Track Ranked 5th in Nation in First Poll

STARKVILLE, Miss ­ Mississippi State's men's track team is ranked fifth in the country according to <a href="http://www.trackwire.com/2002pages/index.html">Trackwire.com</a>, the official rankings of NCAA track. This is the highest ranking ever for a track team at MSU, with the highest ranking for the men coming during this indoor season when they were ranked 16th before the NCAA Indoor Championships.

"The coaching staff is really proud of this group of guys," said head coach Al Schmidt. "This ranking is a credit to our guys who have worked hard all year."

With the Bulldogs at the fifth spot, the Southeastern Conference takes four of the top five in the Trackwire Online Top 25. Defending national champion Tennessee begins the year at number one, with LSU in second and Arkansas fourth. The only non-SEC team in the top 5 is SMU.


5th Ranked MSU Track Team Heads to Austin Texas

Mississippi State's track squads are preparing for one of the largest meets of the season, the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, which starts Wednesday in Austin, Texas.

The Lady Bulldogs are coming off of their win Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational. They will be led by the distance contingent that has looked strong early in the outdoor season. Junior Christine Zawaski has won the 5,000 meters in two of the team's three meets this season.

Also looking for an good meet is senior all-American Camille Harper. She will be competing in a packed field this weekend, hoping to run a NCAA qualifying time in the 100 meters.

On the men's side, junior Pierre Browne is one of three collegiate men invited to participate in the 100-meter dash invitational. Browne currently ranks first in the world in the 100m.

Also, the 4x100m relay team of Browne, sophomore Marquis Davis, senior Dion Crabbe and freshman Glenn McFadden, currently ranked first on the NCAA performance charts, will be in action against 46 other schools from around the country on the oval at Myers Stadium.

Events begin at noon Wednesday with the men's decathlon. Entry to Myers Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday is free.


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