News from MSU Media Relations--June 23

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Track & Field and Softball.

Track & Field
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Mississippi State junior Golden Coachman broke the school record in the 800-meter run for the second time this year with his semifinal performance at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. on Friday. He clocked a time of one minute, 46.79 seconds to advance to the finals on Sunday, June 24.

The Birmingham, Ala.-native set the new school mark of 1:47.40 earlier this season at the 2007 Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships. Before Coachman earned State's new benchmark in the event, the record was held by Kraig Cesar back since the 1988 campaign.

Coachman finished his first year in the Maroon and White as an all-American with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He came to the Starkville campus by way of Wallace State Community College in Alabama. He served in the military and was deployed to Iraq before continuing his track career.

Former Lady Bulldog standout Tiffany McWilliams is competing this week at the national event. On Friday, she posted the third-best overall time in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:09.93. The finals of the event will be contested Saturday at 1:26 p.m. CST.

Live television coverage of the finals of the two events will be carried by NBC from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. CST on Saturday. Sunday's live window on the network will be from Noon-2 p.m. CST.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University Associate Head Track and Field Coach Steve Dudley has announced the signing Martin Lee from Greenville, Miss. to a national letter-of-intent to continue competing in track and field with the MSU program.

Lee, a 2007 Greenville-Weston High School graduate, was recently awarded the state of Mississippi's Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year honor. The national award will be announced later this month. A multi-event athlete, he competed in the 110-meter hurdles, triple jump, discus and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles for the Hornets of GWHS.

"We are very excited about adding Martin (Lee) to our track and field team," said Dudley. "Martin is very accomplished and talented at several different events. He has a great attitude and is also very excited about coming to Mississippi State."

He finished his prep resume by winning three state titles at the 2007 Mississippi High School Activity Association's State Meet. Lee won the 110-meter hurdles, triple jump and the discus events. In the hurdle event, he clocked a time of 14.74 seconds while posting a personal-best mark of 47 feet, three and three quarter inches. In the discus, Lee scored a throw of 143-00. GWHS placed sixth in the Class 5A State meet with Lee recording 38 of the 43 total team points.

"I am very excited about coming to Mississippi State," said Lee. "I think I will be an asset to the team and hope to win a championship before I leave there."

The in-coming MState student-athlete plans on majoring in kinesiology.


Softball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State softball head coach Jay Miller will lead the U.S. Junior National team in the eighth annual Junior Women's World Championships, to be held June 21-30 in Enschede, The Netherlands.

The team consists of 17 high school and collegiate players, including the University of Tennessee's Tiffany Huff.

Miller is no stranger to international competition. In the early '90s, Miller served on the National Team selection committee that was in charge of choosing the inaugural USA Softball Team that competed in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He has also served as a head coach with the USA Red Squad that captured Gold in the 2001 U.S. Cup and the USA Elite Team that took home runner-up honors at the 2002 Canada Cup and the championship of the 2003 Canada Cup. He also served as an assistant for the USA National Team that won gold at both the Pacific Rim Sports Summit and the International Cup in 2005.

Last year, Miller led the U.S. to the Junior Women's Pan American Championship.

Team USA begins play June 22 versus Puerto Rice at 4:30 a.m. CT. They will play seven games before starting bracket play, June 28.


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