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Mississippi State Track and Field Graduate Kaelin Kersh Passes Away

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Kaelin Kersh, a recent graduate of Mississippi State University and a former member of the track and field team at Mississippi State, has passed away. Kersh’s tragic death is the result of a car accident early this morning.

Kersh graduated Friday evening after studying kinesiology and health related studies for four years in Starkville.

The official Mississippi State press release is as follows:

Mississippi State senior runner Kaelin Kersh of the Bulldog women's track and field team was killed in an automobile accident in Starkville early Sunday morning. She was 22.

"I will always remember Kaelin by her incredible smile," MSU track and field coach Steve Dudley said. "Kaelin always had a positive attitude and this was contagious to everyone around her. Kaelin was a member of the most successful era of women's track and field at Mississippi State and that was largely due to the tight bond between her and her teammates. We all loved her, and Kaelin will remain in our hearts forever. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Kersh family and to the other families involved."

"The entire Mississippi State family mourns the tragic loss of Kaelin," MSU Director of Athletics John Cohen said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Kaelin's family, friends, teammates and coaches. She represented Mississippi State in a first-class manner and earned her degree. We will be here to provide support and comfort to her family and teammates during the grieving process."

Kersh, a native of Pearl, Miss., was a contributor in the Bulldogs' distance events and relays. She helped capture the distance medley relay at the 2016 Alabama Relays. During the 2017 indoor season, Kersh was a member of the DMR and 4x400 relay teams.

Kersh graduated from MSU on Friday after receiving a degree in kinesiology and health fitness studies.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

From everyone here at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls, our thoughts and prayers are with Kersh’s family, friends, teammates, and loved ones.