Mississippi State Bulldogs: 50 Greatest Athletes in School History

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Jun 12, 2015; Eugene, OR, USA; Edward Kemboi of Iowa State defeats Brandon Kidder of Penn State to win the 800m, 1:49.26 to 1:49.36, in the 2015 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field. From left: Brandon McBride (Mississippi State), Clayton Murphy (Akron), Kidder and Shaquille Walker (BYU), Jesse Gard (Binghamton) and Kemnboi. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

#11 The 1982 1600 Meter Relay Team (Michael Hadley, Daryl Jones, Michael Moore, George Washington)

I took a different approach with these guys. There have been a number of Mississippi State Track & Field Athletes that have won national championships individually, but these four did it in one of the most difficult events in Track & Field. The 1600 Meter Relay is basically four 400 meter sprints run consecutively. And what makes it so challenging is the hand off of the baton between each runner. There are a number of things that could go wrong on the exchange, so these guys deserve special credit for being highly skilled athletes and being the best at one of Track & Field’s most challenging events.

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