NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s track and field team took home first prize in the 2014 OVC Indoor Championship and the men placed third after concluding play on Saturday.
The Tigerbelles (144 points) won in a landslide, besting second-placed Eastern Illinois by 48 points. The Flying Tigers scored 118, which was just 26 behind EIU’s men team.
Quanisha Sales started the day by winning gold medals in both the 55-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 6.94 and 24.20 seconds.
Ashontae Jackson continued the strong day by TSU sprinters by placing first in the 400-meter dash (55.00 seconds).
Sales and Jackson then teamed with Clairwin Dameus and Amber Hughes to break the OVC record in the 4x400 meter relay with a winning time of 3:42.73.
In the field events, Brittani Logan came in second in the shot put after a toss of 13.72 meters and LaLyn Burr placed fifth after leaping 12.14 meters in the triple jump.
The Flying Tigers, meanwhile, had three of the top six finishers in the 400-meter dash in Michael Johnson (who came in third with a time of 48.57 seconds), Emmanuel Thornton (49.73) and Perry Stokes (49.90).
Quamel Prince came up big for TSU by winning the 800-meter dash by nearly two whole seconds after completing the event in 1:51.44; Jason Griffin did too, getting gold in the 55-meter hurdles (7.54 seconds).
The men’s side closed out its day by picking up a second place finish in the 4x400 meter relay when Johnson, Griffin, Thornton and Prince narrowly lost out on first with a time of 3:15.19.
The OVC crown by the Tigerbelles was their first since 2008.