No. 13 MSU Men's Track Takes 9th Place in SEC

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's 13th-ranked men's track team finished ninth in the 2002 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Starkville, Miss.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs combined for three second-place finishes on the final day of competition at W.O. Spencer Stadium/Carl Maddox Track. The Bulldogs also added two NCAA automatic qualifiers and one new provisional qualifier for the men.

As a team, the men finished ninth in the team competition with 35 points, the most points scored by a MSU men's team since 1989, when the Bulldogs finished fifth with 50 points. The Lady Bulldogs amassed their most points since the 1995 SEC Championships, where they finished 10th.

Senior Dion Crabbe took second in the 200-meter dash, finishing the race in 20.30, the third-fastest time in school history. Junior Pierre Browne finished fourth with a 20.41 mark, ranking fourth on MSU's all-time list. Both times automatically qualify them for the NCAA Championships in Baton Rouge, La.

Browne also took second in the 100-meter dash with his time of 10.19. Crabbe finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with his time of 10.33. Neither man improved his marks for the NCAA Championships.

On the women's side, freshman Tiffany McWilliams led the Lady Bulldogs for the weekend, placing second in the 1600 meters and sixth in the 800 meters. Her time of 4:22.69 in the 1600m sets a new school record in the event and improves her time in the event before the NCAAs. Freshman Megan Hodge also earned points with a 7th place finish in the 10000 meters. She also participated in the 3000 meters steeplechase, finishing in 10th place.

The Bulldogs also added another provisional qualifier in the 200-meter dash. Freshman Glenn McFadden, a high school all-American last year, ran the 200m in 20.84 and placed seventh. The Bulldogs' other representative in the 200 meters, sophomore Marquis Davis, competed after suffering from dehydration on Saturday, finished eighth (21.11).

Other scorers for the Bulldogs in the day included two freshmen. LaChristopher Lewis took seventh in the 400-meter dash (46.72), while J.D. Erickson finished eighth in the discus with a personal-best mark of 163-2. Erickson also scored in the shot put earlier in the meet.

Tennessee won the men's team title with 147 points, the school's second straight outdoor title. South Carolina's women won the team competition with 148 points. It is the Gamecocks second SEC outdoor track title ever.

Next up for the teams is the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., May 16-18.

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