Nashville, Tenn. – A large crowd of Big Blue fans were on hand to watch the Tennessee State track and field teams capture 11 titles and an impressive 53 top-five finishes at the Boston-Moon Relays on Saturday.
Quanisha Sales played a big part in TSU’s success, winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.97 seconds. The Nashville native was also the top collegiate runner in the 200, narrowly falling to an unattached runner by .05 seconds.
Sales later teamed up with fellow Tigerbelles Clairwin Dameus, Ashontae Jackson and Diera Taylor to take home a title in the 4x100 with a time of 46.50 seconds. Sales and Jackson then partnered with Breanna Adams and Gabrielle Todd to win yet another crown - this one in the 4x400.
Dameus had a big day as well. Before taking part in her team’s first place finish in the relays, the freshman won the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.68. The hurdler then took second in the long jump with a leap of 6.03 meters.
Junior Britani Logan rounded out the winners for the Tiggerbelles when her shot put landed 13.05 meters from the starting line.
The Flying Tigers shined in the 200 meter dash as Osafa Hippolyte, Michael Johnson, Travon Alexander and Tyler Anderson finished first through fourth in the event. Hippolyte took home first prize after completing the run in 22.18 seconds.
However, Johnson got revenge in the 400, as he edged Hippolyte by only 0.1 seconds. Johnson finished with a time of 48.95.
The Flying Tigers also excelled in the relays as Alexander and Anderson combined forces with Jerome Henderson and Shaquille Cragwall to win the 4x100 with a final of 42.04 seconds.
Then, Johnson teamed up with Jamill Jackson, Jalon McCutheon and Emmanuel Thornton to take first place in the 4x400 by over 10 seconds. The TSU quartet completed the relay with a time of 3:20.10.
The men’s long jump proved to be another display dominated by the Tennessee State team as Daryl Rice, Sean Jenkins and Cragwall placed first through third, respectively. Rice out-hopped his teammates with a jump of 2.08 meters.
The TSU teams will not travel very far for their next meet, as the Tigerbelles and Flying Tigers will compete at Vanderbilt on April 19. It will serve as the teams’ final tune-up before the OVC Championship on May 3.