MSU Competes in NCAA Outdoor Track Championships

BATON ROUGE, La. ­ Mississippi State's women and fifth-ranked men's track teams are preparing for the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

The Bulldogs have three individuals competing in two events as well as the 4x100m relay team while MSU's women have one competitor preparing to run in the final collegiate meet of the 2002 season.

Junior Pierre Browne, who runs in both the 100 and 200 meters for the Bulldogs, leads the men. The Toronto native is competing in his third straight NCAA outdoor meet in two individual events. Also serving as the anchor of the 4x100m relay team, Browne looks to make the finals in three events as a junior, becoming the first Bulldog in history to accomplish that feat.

Senior Dion Crabbe also looks to make the finals in three events, ranking second in the NCAA in the 200m and as part of the third leg of the relay team. The British Virgin Islands native is competing in his first NCAA Championship event after being passed over the last two years for the NCAA Indoors.

Also making his first appearance at the Division I NCAA Outdoor Championships is sophomore Marquis Davis. The Memphis native was an outdoor all-American in Division II last year with St. Augustine College as well as an indoor all-American in the 200m this year for the Bulldogs.

Davis and Browne hope to become the first Bulldog individuals to earn all-American honors both indoors and outdoors in the same season since Festus Igbinoghene did it in the triple jump in 1991.

Freshman Glenn McFadden and LaChristopher Lewis both make their first showing at an NCAA Championship event. McFadden will serve as the first leg of the 4x100m relay team along with Davis, Crabbe and Browne, while Lewis serves as the alternate for the team.

For the Lady Bulldogs, freshman Tiffany McWilliams will run the 1500 meters for head coach Al Schmidt's women's team. McWilliams hopes to score points and have Mississippi State's name on the final team rankings for the second straight year, after Camille Harper and Elisha Williams placed for the Lady Dogs last year.

The Bulldogs' first event of the NCAA Championships will be the preliminaries of the 4x100-meter relay, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon at Bernie Moore Track Stadium on the campus of Louisiana State University.

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