Five named adidas? OVC Athlete of the Week
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Nashville --- Five student-athletes spotlighted Tennessee State University this week after being named the adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Athlete of the Week for their respective sports.  

TSU was represented during the OVC's weekly selections by Martinique Guice (Women's Track and Field),  Michael Rideout (Men's Track and Field),  Richard Gill (Men's Golf), Andrew Warner (Men's Golf), and Lawrence Washington (Men's Tennis).

Guice captured her fifth career outdoor athlete of the week award, eighth including indoor selections, after receiving the conference's female track athlete of the week. She picks up her second award all time for her performances in the running events after competing in the Morehouse Relays on Saturday.

Guice finished the 100m with a time of 12.11 seconds (7th) and was clocked in the 200m at 25.45 seconds (4th). In addition, she won the long jump with a mark of 19"02.00 (5.84m). All three performances currently sit at the top of the OVC Best List. This is Guice's second Athlete of the Week honor this year. She received one during indoor competition (2/1) for her efforts in the long jump.

Rideout was named Co-Male Track Athlete of the Week after finishing the 400m dash with a time of 48.98 seconds. At the Morehouse Relays, Rideout finished third overall, first among collegiate competition, and currently holds the fastest time in the OVC in the event.

This is Rideout's third conference weekly honor of his career. He received an indoor selection earlier in 2011 during indoor season (1/25) and was named to an outdoor honor last year.

The men's golf duo of Gill and Warner were named Co-Male Golfers of the Week after finishing in a tie for third place, out of a field of 38 players, at the Florida A&M Spring Invitational held at the Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla.

Each golfer carded rounds of 72-71 to finish at 143 (-1), which was five strokes off the lead. Their play helped Tennessee State to a second-place finish out of seven teams overall.

Through six rounds this spring, Warner is leading the Tigers in stroke average (75.7) and has three top five finishes. This is the second weekly honor for the freshman. He was named during the 2010 fall season (10/27).

Gill currently has the team's second best stroke average of 76.2. He has two top five finishes, including posting a first round score of 70 to help TSU win the 2010 National Black College Invitational Championship last fall.

Men's tennis was led by Washington's effort on the court. He went 2-0 in No. 1 singles play last week to receive his second career Male Athlete of the Week. He picked up a 6-4, 6-3, win at Eastern Illinois and followed up with a 6-4, 6-1, victory against Western Kentucky.

Washington is undefeated in OVC competition and sports a 4-2 overall mark in singles play this year. He is currently on a two-match win streak and has won five of his last six in individual competition.