News from MSU Media Relations--March 26

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Track & Field.

Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University associate head track and field coach Steve Dudley has announced the signing of Jeff Henderson, of Sherwood, Ark., to a national letter-of-intent. Henderson will begin competing for the Bulldogs during the 2009-10 season.

Henderson comes to State from Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss. Under the direction of Coach Reginald Dillon, Henderson won two NJCAA National Championships in the long jump.

"Anytime you sign a national champion you have to be very excited about the future of your program," Dudley said. "Jeff is a multi-time national champion that will give our field event group a major boost, and will give us more depth in the sprint events. We are very fortunate to have Jeff come to Mississippi State University."

Henderson won both the 2008 NJCAA indoor and outdoor long jump crowns. He jumped an outdoor personal-best 25 feet six inches to win the title.

"I'm really excited about coming to Mississippi State," Henderson said. "I chose Mississippi State because I knew it was a good program, and the coaches were going to make sure I perform well both on and off the track."

STARKVILLE, Miss. - After an impressive showing at the Rhodes College Invitational last weekend, Mississippi State's track and field team travels to Tuscaloosa Thursday for the 2009 Alabama Relays at the Sam Bailey Track & Field Complex on the University of Alabama campus.

"This is a big weekend for us," head coach Al Schmidt said. "We are still trying to figure out where some of our younger kids are, but it is time for our older kids to step up and (regionally) qualify."

Both the men and women teams begin a four-day stint in Tuscaloosa with opening day events for the heptathlon and decathlon Thursday morning.

"Hopefully the weather will hold up and our multi-event athletes will be able to have a good showing," Schmidt said. "We really are looking for Marrissa (Harris), LaQuinta (Aaron), Darryl (Brady) and Martin (Lee) to have good qualifying weekends."

Competition begins Thursday at 9:30 a.m. with the 100-meter hurdles in the heptathlon, and at 11 a.m. with the 100-meter dash in the decathlon.

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