MSU Track & Field athletes well represented on All-SEC teams

By Miss. State Media Relations

STARKVILLE – Success on the track during the outdoor season translated into numerous Mississippi State athletes being named to the All-SEC teams on Monday.

The men, who are currently ranked 12th nationally, placed four players on the first-team squad, while two received second-team honors. On the women’s side, both LaQuinta Aaron and Wendy Copeland were named second-team All-SEC.

In addition, Jody-Ann Muir and Keisha Wallace were named to the All-Freshman team.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish so far, and everyone is deserving of their recognition,” MSU coach Al Schmidt said.

Representing the men on the first team were Justin Christian, Dwight Mullings, Tavaris Tate and Kendall May. Two weeks ago, this talented foursome won the 4×100 meter relay at the SEC Championships at the University of Tennessee.

Named to the second team were Emanuel Mayers, who finished second at the SECs in the 400 meter hurdles, and O’Neal Wilder, who was part of the 4×400 meter-relay squad that finished second.

“These guys feel like they still have a lot to prove,” Schmidt added.

Both Aaron and Copeland, seniors from Tuscaloosa and Tupelo, respectively, were equally as impressive in Knoxville, along with Muir and Wallace.

Aaron placed second overall in the heptathlon, scoring a career-high 5,563 points, the second most in school history.

Copeland turned in a season-best leap of 20 feet, 10 inches in the long jump to finish second.

“They’ve had great careers and have gotten better every year,” Schmidt said.

Muir turned in a school freshman record in the 400m dash with a time of 52.79, while Wallace finished fourth in the 100m hurdles at 13.70.

“Their futures look very bright,” Schmidt said.

After a week off following the SEC Championships, MSU returns to action on Thursday in Greensboro, N.C., for the NCAA Outdoor Championships East Region. The NCAAs are slated for June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore.