MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – At Saturday’s Christmas Invitational the Flying Tigers and Tigerbelles took a combined three of five dual meets.
The women’s side took dual meets against Western Kentucky, 230-110 and Austin Peay, 218.5-147.5. Middle Tennessee State was the only group to top the Tigerbelles, and they did so by the narrowest of margins, 193.5-187.5.
Tenneessee State’s men’s team split its pair of dual meets against Western Kentucky and MTSU. The Flying Tigers edged out the Hilltoppers 60-56 and dropped their contest against the Blue Raiders 64-38.
For the Tigerbelles, freshman Amber Hughes posted the best finish winning the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 7.95 seconds. Hughes was followed closely by fellow freshman India Smith who finished fourth in the event at 8.30 seconds.
Junior JaLyn Burr put in solid performances in the jumps placing second in the triple jump (11.91 meters) and third in the high jump (1.63 meters). Burr was joined by sophomore Clairwin Dameus who put in a third place finish in the long jump with a hop of 5.86 meters.
In the sprints, junior Ashontae Jackson ran a time of 58.47 seconds in the 400 meters earning a fourth place finish. The Tigerbelles received a standout performance from senior Britani Logan with throws of 13.89 meters in the shot put (2nd) and 14.17 meters in the weight throw (3rd).
For the men two first place finishes highlighted the invitational. The 4X440 A relay topped the eight team field with a time of 3:16.66, the relay included: senior Michael Johnson, freshman Perry Stokes, junior Osafa Hippolyte and Joshua Price. The Tigers also finished with the top four spots in the high jump, with junior Daryl Rice’s jump of 2.03 meters winning the event.
Sophomore Shaquille Cragwall finished second in the triple jump, with a distance of 14.10 meters. The Flying Tigers received a second place finish out of Quamel Prince in the 800 meters, with a time of 1:55.43.
The Tigerbelles and Flying Tigers will now break for the winter holidays before returning to competition on Jan. 5, 2014 for the Ed Temple Classic, hosted by Tennessee State.