DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --- The Tennessee State men’s cross country team secured seventh place at the Asics Embry-Riddle Classic behind a 13th-place finish from senior Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) on Saturday morning. It was the team’s first time competing on an 8K course this season.
Prince, who was also TSU’s top finisher at the Belmont Opener two weeks ago, turned in a 27:50.82 finish on the day. It is the second-fastest 8K in Prince’s collegiate career, trailing only his 27:32.7 time from the 2014 Commodore Classic.
In the team event, TSU posted 190 points for seventh place.
Zebedee Lunsford (Anniston, Ala.) was TSU’s second finisher in 31:33.26, which was good for 54th place. He was followed by Jontue McDowell (Jacksonville, Fla.) in 61st place in 32:18.22 and Deontae Henderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) in 68th place with a time of 33:55.13.
Zyhir Baker-Elam (Philadelphia, Pa.) rounded out the top five for the Flying Tigers in 72nd place with a 34:57.96 finish.
Seton Hall won the team competition with 49 points, and Florida College’s Josh Keenan took the individual title with a 26:30.17 finish.
The Flying Tigers return to Tennessee to compete in the Austin Peay Cross Country Festival on Sept. 24.
Tennessee State Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice
“They did pretty well. The course is looking really difficult. It had a lot of turns and twists and stuff like that. Overall, I think a lot of guys set personal records for their first 8K of the season, so it was good.”
- On the performance of the men’s team
“It was an awesome performance for him. If he keeps knocking down those times and improving, we’re going to be ok.”
- On Quamel Prince
13. Quamel Prince – 27:50.82
54. Zebedee Lunsford – 31:33.26
61. Jontue McDowell - 32:18.22
68. Deontae Henderson - 33:55.13
72. Zyhir Baker-Elam – 34:57.96
77. Jamario Scott - 35:28.07
81. Quintsontro Irby, Jr.: 37:16.69
1. Seton Hall – 49 points
2. Embry-Riddle – 60
3. Florida Tech – 68
4. Bethune-Cookman – 105
5. Florida College – 113
6. Florida (Club) – 171
7. Tennessee State – 190
8. Edward Waters – 226
9. Rollins - 269