NCAA Track and Field Championship Update

Mississippi State track and field are at the NCAA Track and Field Championships this week. MSU track coach Al Schmidt talks about how his team did Thursday.

What's your impressions of how your team did today?
"Today, it fell apart for us.

"Golden Coachman ended up as an All-American, but he didn't make the finals in the 800 meters. He had a bad first 100 meters and got stuck in the back and couldn't get out. He just didn't have a good race."

I noticed that you had to run two freshmen on the 4x4 today.
"On the 4x4 we had to pull John Bailey off because of the hamstring that he pulled in the SEC Meet. Our freshman hurdler Emmanuel Mayers has run really good at the SEC. In regionals he ran a 46.0, which we needed, but he runs a 48.0 here. Chris Woods ran a 46.4, which is ok for his leg. Then, Jamil Hubbard ran a 44.9, but couldn't quite pull us up close enough."

You still have a few sprinters left, though.
"We have two guys in the finals. O'Neal Wilder has as good of a chance to win as anyone in the 400 meters. He just has to finish it off. And Kendall May is already an All-American. He just has to finish the 100 meters.

And Marrissa Harris has a couple of big days coming up in the Heptathlon Friday and Saturday.

"We had great luck and great performances in the SEC Meet and the Regionals. But it's come apart for us here at the Nationals. We just have to stay positive and see what happens."

MSU track athletes going to the next round:

  • None from Thursday's events

    Friday, O'Neal Wilder runs in the 400 meters semis, Kendall May runs in the 100 meters finals and Marrissa Harris has her first day in the Heptathlon.

    We'll have our daily report with Al Schmidt Friday night.

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