Nashville, Tenn. – After opening the Outdoor Season in Memphis last Saturday, the Tennessee State men’s and women’s track teams will have to travel a bit farther for this weekend’s Weems Baskins Relays in Columbia, S.C.
TSU won 10 titles in its last meet at Rhodes College including a pair by Ashontae Jackson who placed first in the 400-meter dash after running the event in 56.54 seconds. Jackson’s time is the fastest in the Ohio Valley Conference this Outdoor Season by 1.45 seconds.
The sophomore then paired with teammates Clairwin Dameus, Quanisha Sales and Leslye Williams to out-run the competition in the 4x100 relay with a time of 46.64 seconds.
Jackson is no stranger to the Weems Baskin Relay as she collected a fourth place mark with her run of 24.25 seconds in the 200-meter dash last season.
Another Tigerbelles who performed well at last year’s event as a freshman is Ja'Lyn Burr who earned sixth in the triple jump, clearing 11.39 meters.
The Nashville native also led TSU this past weekend, leaping 1.63 meters in the high jump for first place and 12.12 meters in the triple jump. Both hops are the best in the conference so far this season.
For the Flying Tigers, Jason Griffin paced the team in Memphis by winning both the 400 and 110-meter hurdles. Griffin won the 400 with a time 54.52 seconds and edged teammates Shawn Harris and Chris Hawkins in 110 meter after clearing the event in 15.09 seconds.
Also performing well last weekend for the men was Royce Dates who was competing in his hometown. He took first prize back with him to Nashville with a hop of 7.31 meters in the long jump.
In last season’s Weems Baskin Relays, Dates mad made a strong leap of 7.26m for second overall in the men's long jump.
The 29 participants in this year’s event hosted by the University of South Carolina will start with six events on Friday night before resuming action with the women’s discus at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The competition will conclude with the men’s and women’s 4x400 meter relays starting at 5:20 p.m.