STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State placed eight individuals on the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's All-Mideast Region team, announced by the organization on Thursday. Athletes are eligible for All-Region honors if they finish in the top eight of an event at their regional championship.
Seniors Bruce Davis and Arthur Davis made the list in the 400 meter dash with finishes of second and seventh respectively in the event. With his clocked time of 46.02 seconds at the Mideast Regional, B. Davis will compete next week at the 2007 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Another pair of Bulldogs was also tabbed All-Region status in the 800-meter run. Juniors Golden Coachman and Chris Woods finished in the top eight of the two-lap event this past weekend in Columbia, Mo. Coachman's one minute, 47.40 mark in the event ranks fourth-best in the country heading into the NCAA Championships. Woods set a new personal best at the regional with a time of 1:48.15.
Senior distance standout Travis McKay earned region honors with his seventh-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Mideast Regional. The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-native established a new personal record in the event with a time of 8:49.45. He will be among 26 competitors that will vie for the 2007 NCAA 3000-meter steeplechase championship. MSU's Kyle Roberts made the region squad by virtue of his finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the regional level. Roberts, who earned an NCAA Regional qualifying mark in the event at the SEC Outdoor Track Championships, finished seventh at the Mideast Regional with a time of 52.17.
State's 4x400-meter relay team also made the All-Region listing after capturing third place at the Mideast Regional. The senior-laden foursome of A. Davis, B. Davis, Nathan Daniels and Ezra Jones, clocked a season-best 3:04.72 to move on to the national meet. The squad enters the NCAA Championships with the fifth-best time in the 18-team field.
All eight members of the All-Mideast Region team paced the Maroon and White to a tenth-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Mideast Regional that was hosted by the University of Missouri last weekend.
The 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will get underway on Wednesday, June 6 at the Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State University.