STARKVILLE, Miss. - Last season, Mississippi State only advanced two athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championships, this year they have more than tripled that number as seven athletes have made the cut to Nampa, Idaho.
"It always feels good to see improvement in your team," coach Steve Dudley said. "We have a great bunch of athletes, and the number of national qualifications we have is a direct reflection of that talent. I am confident in their ability and am looking forward to seeing them compete."
D'Angelo Cherry will start things off for the Bulldogs as he competes in the 60-meter dash preliminaries Friday at 5:30 p.m. An hour after Cherry runs, Tavaris Tate will compete in the preliminaries of the 200-meter dash to round out day one competition for MSU.
On Saturday morning, James Harris and Marcus Jackson will lead the charge as they compete in the high jump; then later that day Tate will take his second turn at action as he competes in the 400-meter dash. To close out championship action Harris and Tate will join teammates Daundre Barnaby and Emanuel Mayers to navigate Idaho-Jackson's Indoor Track in the 4x400-meter relay.
Erica Bougard is the lone Lady Bulldog making the trek for competition. The ranked fifth nationally and first on the MSU all-time list in the pentathlon, Bougard will begin her quest for a national pentathlon title on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The championships, which are hosted by Boise State University, will begin Friday and will be streamed live on ESPN3 from 6:30-10:45 p.m. and Saturday from 7-10:15 p.m. A tape delay of the championship will also air Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Additionally, NCAA.com and broncosports.com will supplement ESPN's coverage from noon-6:30 p.m. on Friday and from 11:30-7 p.m. on Saturday.