TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Tennessee State cross-country squads showed improvement with strong showings at the Bobby Lang Invitational hosted by Florida A&M on Saturday. Both teams ran 5K events with the Tigerbelles bringing home a second place trophy, while the Tigers finished third. FAMU earned the victories in both the men’s and women’s competition.
“This past weekend, both the men and the women did very well,” said head coach Chandra Cheeseborough-Guise. “We had a really hard week of practice and we saw improvement with times going down. The girls ended up getting second place and the guys got third place. I think it was a big improvement, but we still have a long way to go and just need to continue to improve.”
Oteia Prince paced the Tigerbelles finishing eighth in a time of 21:30.48. Prince ran at a 6:55.4 per mile average as she improved her season best time by two minutes.
Brenna Adams led a quartet of TSU runners across the line to claim the second place team finish. Adams crossed in 23:08.11, just ahead of Michelle Bradley (23:15.81), Diera Taylor (23:31.91) and Jasmine Owens (23:58.26).
Asianna Cannon recorded a non-scoring time of 24:56.38 and was followed by Ashontae Jackson (25:04.38), LaToya Hareze (27:42.01) and India Smith (29:38.81).
All nine Tigerbelles cut time off from the opening weekend, including eight who took off at least 1:45. Cannon dropped the largest amount by improving by 7:31 in one week’s time.
For the second time in as many weeks, Quamel Prince broke the tape first for the Tigers in a time of 18:00.34 for a sixth place finish. Theodore Nicholson crossed in 18:23.78, while Adrian McDaniels finished in 18:56.78. Jahleel Michael (19:12.80) and Jalon McCutcheon (20:00.63) were the final two runners to score for TSU.
Jakeenan Guthrie led the non-scoring Tigers with a time of 21:03.05 and was followed by Emmanual Thornton (22:06.78) and Osafa Hipolyte (22:14.06). Thornton cut the largest amount of time off the opening season run as he bettered his 5K time by 6:14. Hipolyte had the second largest improvement by cutting 3:50 from his previous run. All eight Tigers bettered their season best times.
TSU looks to their growth this weekend at Vanderbilt University Commodore Classic on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Men will run the 8K for the first time this season at 8:00am, while the women will once again run a 5K with the gun going off at 9:00am. Both teams will be running the Vaughns Gap course at Percy Warner Park.