Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's and women's track & field programs resume the 2012-13 Indoor season by hosting the TSU Invite on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Gentry Center. Field events are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. with running events beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The Flying Tigers and Tigerbelles compete in their fourth meet this season and the squad's second, and last at home. The teams' most recent event was the Gadstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. on Jan. 18.
At the Gladstein Invitational, the Tigerbelles were led by sophomore Ashontae Jackson who won the long jump at 19 feet, 7.5 inches. In the triple jump, a distance of 39 feet, 1/4 inches gave Ja'Lyn Burr third place, while Quanisha Sales' also claimed third with a time of 25.22 seconds in the 200 meters.
Jackson is 29th in the country in the Long Jump with a best distance of 20 feet, 0.5 inches.
The highlights for the men came in the high jump and long jump. Daryl Rice cleared 6 feet, 8.75 inches to finish first in the high jump, two inches higher than second place. In the high jump, junior Royce Dates came in third with a distance of 23 feet, 4 1/2 inches.
Dates is 22nd the country in the Long Jump with a best distance of 24 feet, 10.5 inches.
A total of ten NCAA Division I universities will compete in the TSU Invite, including in-state programs Austin Peay (women only), Belmont (women only), Fisk, Lipscomb, Tennessee Wesleyan, Trevecca, and Victory University. The only out of state opponents participating in Saturday's event are Alabama A&M and Chattahoochee Tech.
The field events start with the high jump at 8 a.m. and conclude with the weight throw. The mile run is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. The 55-meter Hurdle preliminaries will start the remaining running events approximately at 10:30 a.m. and the meet will conclude with the thrilling 4x400-meter relay.
Admission to Saturday's meet is free and open to the public. Results from Saturday's meet will be posted online at TSUTigers.com.
Tennessee State Track & Field Sprinter Osafa Hippolyte spends a few minutes with TSUTigers.com to talk about the upcoming TSU Invite on Feb. 2nd, 2013.