STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State track and field athletes Golden Coachman and Jennifer McPherson are listed among the nation's best according to Trackwire.com's Dandy Dozen List for this week. State's 4x400-meter relay team on the men's side moved from ninth to sixth in the rankings.
The web site releases its list of the top-12 individuals in each track and field event along with relay team events during the outdoor season. Coachman, ranked No. 8 in the 800-meter event, is coming off a third-place finish in the 800-meter run at the 2007 Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He clocked a time of one minute, 47.40 seconds in the finals of the event. His time ranks as the second-best time in the country behind Southern California's Duane Solomon. Coachman will enter the NCAA Mideast Regional with the top time in the 800m event.
McPherson is coming off a personal-best effort in the 1500-meter run with a mark of 4:20.87 at the league championships. This week's listing has the Nampa, Idaho-native ranked 10th in the 1500-meter Dandy Dozen. She will compete in the 1500 and 800-meter runs at the NCAA Mideast Regional in Columbia, Mo. on May 25-26.
State's 4x400-meter relay team, which has been ranked all season by the web site, moved up three positions after this weekend's competition. The foursome of Bruce Davis, Nathan Daniels, Chris Woods and Ezra Jones claimed fourth place at the SEC meet with the fastest time of the season of 3:05.93. Senior Arthur Davis, a mainstay in the relay squad was hampered by an injury this week and did not run in the 4x400.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State rising junior forward/center Brian Johnson has been selected to compete for Reach USA during an upcoming cultural exchange basketball trip slated for China.
Guided by former MSU backcourt performer and current Texas-Pan American head basketball coach Tom Schuberth, the eight-man Reach USA basketball team is scheduled to play eight exhibition games in 10 days (May 17-26) throughout the countryside of China against various Chinese professional teams. Joining MState's Johnson will be Mikhail Torrence and Demetrius Jemison of the University of Alabama, the Auburn tandem of Quan Prowell and Rasheem Barrett, LSU's Garrett Temple, Paul Stoll of Texas-Pan American, and Lipscomb's Eddie Ard.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Johnson sat out the 2006-07 hoops campaign for coach Rick Stansbury's Bulldogs after transferring from the University of Louisville, where he averaged 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 30 appearances as a redshirt freshman for the 2005-06 Cardinals. The Laurinburg, N.C., native previously averaged 13.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest as a prep senior in helping lead powerhouse Oak Hill Academy to a perfect 38-0 record and the nation's top ranking in the season-ending 2003-04 USA Today high school poll.
Reach USA is a branch of Sports Reach, Int., which is a Christian sports ministry that uses sports to share the gospel throughout the world.