News from MSU Media Relations--April 13

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...

Women's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's women's tennis team will conclude the 2006 regular season slate on Saturday, April, 15, hosting in-state rival and 49th-ranked Mississippi Lady Rebels at 1 p.m. at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the MSU campus.

This weekend's match up features the Southeastern Conference Western Division Co-Champions from a year ago. This year marks the 48th meeting on the tennis courts between the rival schools. UM has won the previous 16 matches against the Lady Bulldogs. The last MState victory in the series came during the 1989 campaign. Last season in Oxford, the Red and Blue claimed a 6-1 win over the MSU.

The Lady Rebels bring an overall record of 10-8, along with a 3-7 mark within Southeastern Conference play. UM split their matches last weekend, downing Tennessee 4-3 and falling to Georgia 5-2. Freshman Kseniia Tokarieva leads the team with a 29-7 combined doubles and singles record (15-3 in singles -- 14-4 in doubles).

After Saturday's match, State will trek to Gainesville, Fla. on Thursday, April 20, to compete in the SEC Women's Tennis Championships at University of Florida's Ring Tennis Complex. The 12-team event will run thru the April 23 on the UF campus. For more information the championship log on to www.SECSports.com. The tournament bracket will be determined after today's activity around the league.


Women's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. ­ The Mississippi State women's golf team will compete in the SEC Championship this weekend (April 14-16) in Franklin, Tenn. This year's tournament, hosted by Vanderbilt, will be held at the 6,217-yard Ironhorse Course at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.

"We are excited about the SEC Championship this weekend," said MSU head coach Christi Sanders. "It will be our last chance to show the NCAA Regional Selection Committee how strong our team is going into the end of the season."

The tournament features six of the top 20 teams in the country as well as 10 of the top 30 individuals. The Lady Bulldogs enter the tournament ranked 47th in the latest Golfweek rankings. MSU's Amanda Mathis is ranked 46th individually and has led State in every tournament this season. Joining Mathis in the lineup will be seniors Stephanie Godare and Ashleigh Korzack, sophomore Juli Huh and Freshman Leigh Phillips.

Play will begin at 8:30 each day with teams teeing off on hole #1 and hole #10. State will begin its first round at 8:34 a.m. on hole 10.


Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Returning home for the second time this season, the Mississippi State University track and fields squads will host the 11th annual Jace Lacoste Invitational. Action begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at the W.O. Spencer Stadium/Carl Maddox Track on the MSU campus. Admission to all MSU track and field meets is free of charge.

"This meet will be a little more low-key than the last one (the Bulldog Invitational)," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "It's a developing meet. We're looking to qualify (for regionals) in some areas and give our athletes a rest in others. The competition is setup that way. We're looking to have some good regional qualifying marks at home."

Other squads scheduled to compete include Mississippi College, Birmingham Southern Tennessee-Martin's women, Samford, UAB's women, Bevill State (Ala.) Community College's women and Wallace State (Ala.) Community College.

Entering the meet, State's athletes have posted regional qualifying marks in eight events. On the men's side, junior transfers Bruce Davis (Phenix City, Ala.) and Ezra Jones (Wildwood, Fla.) have qualified in the 400-meter dash, while sophomore all-American Chris Woods (Atlanta, Ga.) ran 1 minute, 48.90 seconds at the MSU-hosted Bulldog Invitational to qualify in the 800-meter run. Junior Travis McKay (Edmonton, Alberta) ran a season's best 9:00.35 in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Texas Relays to post his second regional mark in the event. Sophomore high jumper Tim Williams (Pensacola, Fla.) has cleared 6 feet, 10-and-three-quarters inches twice this season to meet the mark in that event. MSU's relay squads have qualified in the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays.

In women's events, freshman Marrissa Harris (Memphis, Tenn.) posted a personal best time in the 100-meter hurdles to qualify for June's Mideast Regional after running 13.90. Junior Nicola Wilson (Trenton, N.J.) set the MSU school record in the shot put, throwing a regional-qualifying 50-01 ¾ at the Alabama Relays. Wilson tied the mark last week at the Texas Relays.

Named in honor of MSU's late all-Southeastern Conference decathlete and team captain, who was killed in a 1995 automobile accident, the Jace Lacoste Invitational has been held annually since 1996. Lacoste was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll from 1987-1990, president of the M-Club, State's student-athlete community service organization, a student senator and a member of the MSU Hall of Fame. He was also a member of various other MSU organizations.

In addition, the Jace Lacoste Award is presented each year to the most outstanding Bulldog track and field athlete. Past recipients of the award include: Rayton Archer (1996), Terry Day (1997), Dedric Ruffin (1998), Fred Collier (1999), Rod Newton (2000), Pierre Browne (2001, 2002), Marquis Davis (2003), LaChristopher Lewis (2004) and Jamel Ashley (2005).

Live results will be available via a link on the MSU athletics Web site, www.MStateAthletics.com.


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