TALLAHASSSEE, Fla. – The Tennessee State men’s cross country team was back in action on Saturday morning as they raced in the FAMU Bobby Lang Invitational. The Tigers placed second with 36 points behind the host, Florida A&M, who finished with 19 points.
The rest and mileage training helped as all five members of the team bettered their season bests by a minute, and up to three minutes.
“I was pleased that our men recorded personal bests,” head coach Chandra Cheeseborough said. “We look to keep improving and moving forward as we get to the OVC Championships.”
Once again, junior Quamel Prince led the squad as he finished second overall in a time of 15:58. Saturday’s time was a minute better than his mark at the Belmont Opener a month ago.
“Quamel did well,” said Cheeseborough. “I thought he could have won it, but he did not get out well. I don’t feel he ran the race he wanted, but he did come back and finished just a little behind the FAMU runner.”
Jontue McDowell (17:27) was two minutes faster on a 5K course this season, as was fifth-year Theodore Nicholson (17:41). Shaquille Cragwall (19:03) was the fourth Tiger across the line cutting over a minute from his season best.
The Tiger to see the biggest improvement was Jason Griffin who finished in a time of 20:05. In the opener 21 days ago, Griffin ran the 5K course at Percy Warner in 22:59, just a bit shy of three minutes more than his time on Saturday.
Quamel Prince 15:58
Jontue McDowell 17:27
Theodore Nicholson 17:41
Shaquille Cragwall 19:03
Jason Griffin 20:05