Track: Bulldogs Lose Mayers on Eve of Penn Relays

Mississippi State senior sprinter Emanuel Mayers has been lost for the season to a foot injury, a team spokesman said this morning.

That’s a big blow to the Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 18 in the nation this week. Mayers, an All-American last year, is a crucial member of the 4×400-meter relay team and is ranked No. 18 in the nation in the 400-meter hurdles (he was No. 7 last week but didn’t race at Ole Miss because of the foot).

Mayers, who had surgery Friday for nerve damage in his right foot, should be able to get a redshirt and compete again next season, the spokesman said.

MSU is getting ready to compete in the prestigious Penn Relays, which begins Thursday. It’s not known yet who will replace Mayers, who last season helped the 4×400 team win at the Penn Relays.

• State was seventh in the USTFCCCA rankings last week, and the reason for the drop to 18th is because the rankings are based on different criteria now. The first three sets of rankings were based on 2010 marks; a month into the schedule, only data from the current season is used.

That also explains Mayers’ drop in the hurdles rankings.