TWO-TIME CHAMPION TIGERBELLES PREPARE TO DEFEND OVC INDOOR TITLE
CHARLESTON, Ill. --- The Tennessee State University women's track and field team has begun its final preparations for the 2004 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships to be held this weekend at Eastern Illinois' Lantz Fieldhouse. The Tigerbelles have won the indoor title the last two years and would be only the third team in OVC women's history to threepeat as indoor champions. In the running events, junior Jennifer Lawson (Detroit, Mich.) will be looking for the gold in the 200m, coming in as the conference's top seed with a time of 24.51. She also has top-five times in the 400m (57.93), 55m (7.17), and the 60m (7.73). Sophomore Mildred Rachel (Nashville, Tenn.) has top-five OVC times in the 55m hurdles (8.28) and the 60m hurdles (8.93). The Tigerbelles' 4x400 team is head and shoulders above the rest of the Ohio Valley Conference with a time of 3:46.57. On the field side, junior Ashley Byrd (Philadelphia, Pa.) will be returning to defend her triple jump crown. She currently has the second best measurement (38-04.75) in the OVC. Sophomore Scherrie Jackson (Riverdale, Ga.) holds top-three measurements in the high jump (5-05.00) and the triple jump (37-08.00). Junior Shaniqua Hector (Ocala, Fla.) has the third-best pole vault in the conference with a measurement of 10-02.00 and the fifth-best long jump at 18-00.25. Competition gets underway on Friday, February 27 at 3 p.m. CST and will continue on Saturday, February 28 beginning at 10 a.m. CST.