April 18, 2012 1:57:54 PM
STARKVILLE - Without further ado:
Item No. 1 - Bulldogs men's track & field ranked No. 10 nationally -
In the third week of rankings by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), Mississippi State University men's team is ranked No. 10.
The current poll, which is based on a combination of scores from previous and current seasons, finds the Bulldogs ranked inside the Top 25 in 11 events.
"I have always said we have some of the best athletes in the nation competing here at MSU," Bulldogs coach Steve Dudley said. "Seeing them ranked in a multitude of individual categories and together as a team only reinforces that claim."
James Harris leads the way for the Bulldogs as he picked up four Top 25 rankings. Harris' highest ranking is his No. 8 spot in the high jump, where he is joined by teammate Marcus Jackson who is 17th. Harris (12th) then joins teammates Tavaris Tate (7th) and Daundre Barnaby (21st) for a trio of 400-meter dash rankings. Harris, Tate and Barnaby joined forces for a second time, this time adding a fourth in O'Neal Wilder for a third place spot in the 4x400-meter relay.
MSU's 4x100-meter relay team, which includes Harris, Tate, D'Angelo Cherry and Jarrett Samuels, picked up a 10th place ranking in their category, while members Cherry and Samuels each find themselves ranked in the Top 10 in their respective events. Cherry (9th) claims his ranking in the 100-meter dash, while Samuels is currently sixth in the long jump. A pair of hurdlers round out the MSU athletes in the Top 25 rankings, as Emanuel Mayers and Nathan Arnett are fourth and eighth respectively in the 400-meter hurdles.
Item No. 2 -MSU soccer adds transfer Sasha Vrany -
The Mississippi State University soccer program announced former Incarnate Word and Czech U19 National Team member Sasha Vrany has transferred to join the Bulldogs team for the 2012 season.
The Ottawa, Canada, native joins the Bulldogs after starting all 35 games during her first two seasons for the NCAA Division II-affiliated Cardinals. While in San Antonio, Vrany collected a goal and two assists.
In March, 2011, Vrany was selected to the Czech U19 National Team Camp. She earned a spot on the squad and claimed her first international cap after playing against Switzerland in the Euro Cup qualifier hosted by the Ukraine.
"We are excited to have a player of Sasha's caliber joining the program. Her experience at the international and collegiate levels will be a valuable asset for us in the midfield," Macdonald said. "Sasha uses the ball very well, and she is a solid passer. What I really like about Sasha is that she is a competitor who has a great engine between the 18s."
Vrany played on the prep level for Lisgar Collegiate Institute, where she earned MVP of the soccer team in addition to being a standout on the swimming and track squads.
She played club soccer for the Ottawa Fury, claiming team MVP accolades in 2008 after being named to Super Y-League North American All-Star team.
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