ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Mississippi State track and field program wrapped up a successful indoor season on Saturday with the men’s team finishing in the top 20 nationally with 11 points at the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Mississippi State’s men finished tied for No. 19 in the country at the NCAA Indoor Championships, which is the highest finish for the Bulldogs since placing 12th following the 2014 indoor season.
“I am incredibly proud of the student-athletes that represented our University, no matter the outcome of these championships,” head coach Chris Woods said following the meet. “Our coaches and support staff have been amazing this season and I know they are eager to get after it when the outdoor season comes around.”
On day one of the NCAA Championships, Mississippi State senior Cameron Crump finished as the national runner-up in the men’s long jump, while also claiming eight team points for the Bulldogs. Crump tied his personal best and his own school record with a mark of 8.39m (27-6.50), which now ranks No. 3 worldwide in the long jump.
On Saturday afternoon, Tony Jones represented Mississippi State in the men’s high jump where he finished the competition on the podium with a sixth-place mark of 2.18m (7-1.75). With that showing, Jones secured three points for the Bulldogs for a team total of 11 points.
Navasky Anderson competed in the men’s 800m finals on Saturday night and clocked a time of 1:45.90 before eventually being disqualified after officials alleged he impeded another runner’s opportunity to get to the finish line. Rosealee Cooper also represented Mississippi State on the track this weekend in Albuquerque by competing in the women’s 60m hurdles semifinals.
“I know that it is a rough feeling leaving the meet how we left it, but this has been an incredible season for us,” Woods continued. “When we came into the season, no one expected us to compete at a level this high other than the personnel on the staff and our student-athletes. We will use this top-20 finish, even with the unfortunate circumstances, as a springboard into the outdoor season where we plan on demanding our respect. Hail State!”
Mississippi State will now turn its attention to the outdoor season as the Bulldogs are scheduled to compete in the Hurricane Invite…
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