STARKVILLE, Miss. - Three Mississippi State Bulldogs travel to Port of Spain, Trinidad, for the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships that begin Friday and conclude Sunday. All-American D'Angelo Cherry and signee Tavaris Tate will compete for Team USA, while signee Jody-Ann Muir will compete for her native Jamaica.
Cherry, a rising sophomore and Jonesboro, Ga., native will compete in the 100-meter dash and as a member of the 4x100-meter relay team. Cherry recorded a personal best 10.04 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships where he finished sixth en route to earning USTFCCCA All-America accolades.
Tate, an all-American incoming freshman out of Starkville High School, currently holds the fastest high school times nationally in the 400- and 200-meter dashes at 45.78 and 20.89, respectively. Tate was recently recognized by USA Today as a member of the 2009 All-USA track and field team. Tate will compete in the 400-meter dash and as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team.
Muir, an incoming freshman as well, will compete for the Jamaican junior national team in the 400-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay. Regarded as one of Jamaica's top sprinters, Muir is a favorite in the women's 400-meter dash.
Competition begins with Muir in the 400-meter dash semi-final at 10 a.m.