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 Friday.

Sophomore Kendall May and true freshman O'Neal Wilder had a tough day Friday. But it appears junior Marrissa Harris did well.
"Yeah, (Kendall and O'Neal) did. We've had a rough, rough week. It hurt us badly to lose John Bailey because without him we had to put a freshman on the 4x4. He got intimidated. We just barely missed making the final in that event.

"But Marrissa did very, very well today. She's fourth (in the Heptathlon) after the first day. Tomorrow is a big day for her.

"Kendall May, who finished eight in the 100 meters, is All-American and is taking home a trophy. How he ran today was a good race for him. O'Neal Wilder didn't get out good. I think he was intimidated by the two former national champions in his heat, one on the inside and one on the outside of him. He finished 11th overall, so he missed the finals. He didn't have a good day at all."

Something looked different about O'Neal in his race.
"He just didn't get out (of the block) well. I think he just got intimidated and folded like a freshman. But he hasn't been with us a full year yet."

How did O'Neal handle the loss?
"He's alright. He's got the Junior National Championship for the world team next week. No matter what, you have to forget the last race you ran. And he'll be running against guys his own age instead of the older, more experienced guys that he faced here."

What are your thoughts about the year?
"We had a great year, but ended it with a bad meet (in the NCAA championships). We've got some good guys coming back and we've got some great recruits coming in so we'll be even better than we were."

You guys sure have the MSU fans talking about MSU track and field now.
"I love Mississippi State. You can tell them we all do."


MSU track athletes going to the next round:

  • The men's team has completed their events.

    Saturday, Marrissa Harris, who is currently fourth in the Heptathlon, finishes her event.

    We'll have our final report with Al Schmidt late Saturday afternoon.


    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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