Mississippi State – Official Athletic Site

GAINESVILLE, Florida. – The Mississippi State track and field team will begin its quest for the 2024 playoffs this weekend at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gainesville. The three-day competition hosted by the University of Florida will begin Thursday and conclude Saturday.

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The Bulldogs’ postseason campaign will begin at 12:30 p.m. CT on Thursday with the men’s 100m decathlon and conclude at 8:40 p.m. CT on Saturday evening with the 4x400m relay.

Thursday and Friday will feature preliminaries and finals for the men’s and women’s 10,000m and 3,000m steeplechase. The field event finals will take place all three days, starting with the men’s and women’s hammer and javelin throw on Thursday. The competition concludes Saturday with the men’s and women’s discus throw and pole vault. The official schedule can be viewed here.

What to watch
The Bulldog men’s track and field team will compete ranked No. 15 in the nation and ninth in the SEC for the second straight week by the USTFCCCA. The top scoring men are the No. 10 ranked team in the 100m, fifth in the 200m and the 400m hurdles. The men’s javelin team, ranked 7th, the show jumping and shot put teams will be the highlights of the field events.

The state’s women will be highlighted on the track by the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles teams as well as the 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay teams. The field events for women are the shot put and javelin teams.

Two-time SEC Runner of the Week Items from Jordan will make her SEC Outdoor Championships debut in the 100m and 200m. The Memphis native ranks third in both the SEC and the country in the 200 with a wind-aided time of 20.18w. He also ranks 16th nationally in the 100m and 7th in the SEC with a time of 10.09. Ware is the only freshman in the top tier with a top-15 ranking nationally.

Second-team All-SEC indoor track and field runner Tyrese Reid will return to the 800m for the SEC Outdoor Championships after finishing second at the 2024 SEC Indoor Championships. Reid ranks No. 3 in the nation and No. 2 in the SEC with a personal best of 1:45.76. The Montego Bay native improved his 800m personal best by more than three seconds since the 2023 SEC Outdoor Championships and ranks fourth on the state’s all-time top five list.

Second-team All-American and All-SEC decathlete Peyton Bair will return to the SEC Outdoor Championships. Bair won third place in the decathlon at the 2023 SEC Championships with a personal best 7,903 points and ranks third on the state’s all-time top five list. He finished his freshman season with an 11th-place finish at the 2023 NCAA National Championships, earning All-America honors. He currently ranks ninth in the nation and third in the SEC with 7,730 points.

Roury McCloyen will compete in the shot put as the only freshman in the field. McCloyen finished the 2024 indoor season with a fifth-place finish in the shot put at the SEC Indoor Championships and as the only freshman in the field. He currently ranks sixth in the SEC and is the only freshman ranked in the top 20 in the SEC and NCAA. He has a personal best of 19.29 m (63-3.5). McCloyen holds the state freshman shot put record and ranks second on the list of top five all-time performances in the shot put and discus.

The men’s javelin team, made up of juniors Rémi Rougetet and Frank Di Sanza, will compete on Thursday. The All-American duo each ranks 9th and 19th nationally, respectively.

Women’s 60m indoor First Team All-American Rosealee Cooper will compete in the 100m hurdles alongside a sophomore Jessica Woods. The duo both ranks in the SEC top 20 at ninth and respectively. Cooper, who placed eighth at the 2024 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, holds the school record and freshman record in the 100m hurdles with a personal best of 12.93, while Woods holds the freshman record and ranks fourth in the state’s all-time high. five in the 400m hurdles with a personal best of 58.89.

Cooper will be joined by freshmen Jaitlyn Ware and Kydall Sessom and sophomore McKenzie Calloway for the 4x100m relay on Saturday. The team broke the school record last month at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational in Florida with a time of 44.48.

State shot put school record holder Jhordyn Stallworth will return to the cage. Stallworth improved her school record twice this season and currently has a personal best of 17.30m (56-9.25). His mark ranks seventh in the SEC and 17th in the nation.

Oregon State transfer Ella Knott will make its SEC Championship debut in the javelin on Thursday. Knott ranks ninth in the SEC with a personal best distance of 50.42m (165-5). Her mark ranks her second in the state’s all-time top five. She concluded the regular season with a top-five finish in every meet, including a first-place finish at the Bulldog Alumni Relays.

Live broadcast
The SEC Outdoor Championships will air Thursday, Friday and Saturday on SEC Network+. Thursday’s stream will begin at 12:55 p.m. CT, followed by the next stream starting at 4:25 p.m. CT. Friday’s stream will begin at 10:25 a.m. CT and the next stream will begin at 3:55 p.m. CT. Saturday’s stream will begin at 1:55 p.m. CT and the final stream will begin at 5 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

Qualification for the Championships
Following the SEC Championships, athletes ranked in the top 48 in the South Region, in their respective event, will then travel to Lexington, Kentucky, for the second post-season competition, the NCAA Opening Rounds.