TRACK & FIELD EXCELS IN FINAL COMPETITION BEFORE OVC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State men's and women's track and field teams got in some last minute preparation for the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend at the Tennessee Invitational. The Tigers brought home 13 top-10 finishes at the event. Tennessee State competed against athletes from host-Tennessee, Fort Valley State, Carson-Newman, Morehouse, Emory, Kentucky State, Gardner-Webb, Alabama A&M, Cumberland College, Claflin College and several athletes who competed unattached as representatives of Nike, Adidas and other national track clubs. Senior Jermie Harris (Alexandria, Va.) came away as the top TSU finisher after winning the 400m with a time of 49.94. His time also set a new facility record for the Stokely Athletic Center. Also coming away with top-10 finishes for the Flying Tigers were senior Nick Horton (Milwaukee, Wisc.), who took fourth in the 400m with a time of 51.86 and senior Eric Stanberry and junior Joshua Love (Jackson, Tenn.), who placed third and fourth in the 800m, with times of 2:04.23 and 2:04.84, respectively. For the Tigerbelles in the running events, sophomore Margertha McLean (Columbus, Ohio) took second in the 400m with a time of 59.90. Sophomore Rae'Ven Richard (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished third in the 800m, crossing the line in 2:25.05 while classmate Sharay Staton (Florissant, Mo.) took seventh in the event with a time of 2:28.12, setting a new season-best by nearly one second. Sophomore Mildred Rachel (Nashville, Tenn.) took fifth in the finals of the 55m hurdles with at time of 8.28, shedding almost two-tenths of a second off her season-best time. On the field side, Scherrie Jackson took second in the high jump with a measurement of 1.60m (5-03.00) while juniors Shereka Roby (Nashville, Tenn.) and Ashley Byrd (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished seventh (1.55m) and tenth (1.50m), respectively. Byrd also took fifth in the long jump with a measurement of 5.15m (16-10.75). She was followed by Jackson, who took sixth (5.14m) and Roby (5.07m), who took seventh in the event. Tennessee State returns to action this weekend as it travels to Charleston, Ill. to compete in the OVC Indoor Championships.