SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Mississippi State's 4x400-meter relay team clocked a season-best time of three minutes, 3.81 seconds in the semifinals of the relay event at the 2007 NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships on the campus of Sacramento State University on Thursday evening.
The time posted by the senior foursome of Bruce Davis, Nathan Daniels, Arthur Davis and Ezra Jones ranks fifth-best all-time in school history. The top eight teams from Thursday's preliminaries advance to Saturday's finale in Sacramento, Calif. State is one of five Southeastern Conference teams that will be represented in the 4x400 relay final LSU, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida will be in the field for the finals.
"We are having a pretty good championship," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "We could walk out of here with six all-Americans."
MState's Golden Coachman moved one step closer to the school's first NCAA Champion since 2003 with his semifinal time of one minute, 47.89 seconds in the 800-meter run. His time was second-best in his heat and the third overall best time in the 16-person field. The top eight finishers move on to the finals on Saturday, June 9 at 12:19 p.m. CST. If the Birmingham, Ala.-product claims the top spot in the two-lap event, he will become State's first in the event.
"Golden (Coachman) has a shot at winning it, so does the 4x400," said Schmidt. "Golden's story is a great one - this time a couple of years ago he was in Iraq and now competing for a national championship. He should be an all-American after this weekend."
Live results will be available throughout the four-day event at the online home of all NCAA Championships www.NCAASports.com.
MADISON, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's golf coach Clay Homan leads the 2007 Mississippi State Amateur Golf Championship after the opening round of competition. Homan, in his fourth year as the MState golf coach, fired a 4-under par round of 68 at Reunion Golf and Country Club in Madison, Miss. on Thursday.
A duo of Homan's Bulldogs joins their head coach near the top of the Mississippi Golf Association-sanctioned event leaderboard. Senior Josh Oller, who has returned to competitive golf after suffering a knee injury in January, posted an even-par round of 72 and stands tied for fifth going into Friday's second round. Sophomore Matt Fast turned in a 1-over par 73 to finish the day tied for tenth in the 150-competitor field. Jackson, Miss-native Jake Lambert opened with a 74 to rank in the top-20 after the Thursday's competition.
Homan is a two-time winner of the Mississippi State Amateur Golf Championship, claiming the 2005 and 1994 titles. A year ago in Philadelphia, Miss., he came up a stroke short at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club for back-to-back state amateur crowns.
The four-day event continues Friday with pairings teeing off from No. 1 and No. 10.