STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University's track and field squads return home this weekend to host the Bulldog Invitational at W.O. Spencer Stadium/Carl Maddox Track. High school competition begins Friday at noon, while collegiate events will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spencer Stadium/Maddox Track is located on Lakeview Drive, between Dudy Noble Field and the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
"We've got some good teams coming," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "It's time some of our athletes had the chance to run open events. It'll be the first chance some of them will have to individually qualify for regionals."
In addition to MSU, teams scheduled to compete include Southern Miss, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Alcorn State, Alabama-Huntsville and Missouri State.
Last weekend at the LSU Tiger Relays, the Bulldogs scored a regional qualifying mark in the 4x400-meter relay with junior Bruce Davis (Phenix City, Ala.), sophomore all-American Elzie Coleman (Newburgh, N.Y.), junior Ezra Jones (Wildwood, Fla.) and sophomore all-American Chris Woods (Atlanta, Ga.) running three minutes, 8.15 seconds. State's sprint medley also picked up a win over national powerhouse LSU. Coleman, junior Arthur Davis (Mobile, Ala.), Jones and Woods combined to run 3:19.57 and best LSU four all-Americans and take the meet title.
Junior Wade Martin (Cullman, Ala.), B. Davis, junior Ryan Irwin (Ballwin, Mo.) and sophomore John Brigham (Mobile, Ala.) won the distance medley relay, running 10:09.13.
Junior Travis McKay (Edmonton, Alberta) ran 9:00.39 to win the men's 3000-meter steeplechase and qualify for June's Mideast Regional, while redshirt freshman Keith Hewlett (Detroit, Mich.) won the B section of the long jump with a personal-best leap of 23 feet, 10-and-one-quarter-inches. Senior Gedamu Ege (Atlanta, Ga.) competed in his second 5000-meter run of the season, taking second (15:09.65).
In women's events, the Lady Bulldogs posted wins in the distance medley relay, 4x800-meter relay, shot put and hammer. In the DMR, junior Jen McPherson (Nampa, Idaho), freshman Antrese Banks (Gloster, Miss.), sophomore Andrea Wahlin (Cold Spring, Minn.) and senior Zita Magloire (Tallahassee, Fla.) ran 11:36.86, the second-best time in school history. In the 4x8, McPherson, Wahlin, junior Liz Grube (Sherwood, Wis.) and Magloire set an MSU school record with a time of 8:51.12. In the shot put, junior Nicola Wilson (Trenton, N.J.) won with a mark of 49-10 ½, while freshman Emily Sanders won the hammer throw (165-03).
Live results will be available on MSU's official athletics Web site, www.MStateAthletics.com.