TIGERBELLES SECOND IN OVC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tigerbelles made a strong push, but the team's bid to unseed Southeast Missouri at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship, came up just short. The Tigerbelles finished runnerup to the Redhawks at the two-day 2006 O'Reilly Indoor Track and Field Championships which concluded Saturday evening at the Gentry Center and Wilma Rudolph Track. Southeast Missouri finished with 137 points, 14 points ahead of the Tigerbelles' 123. Eastern Kentucky was a distant third with 85, Samford 77, Eastern Illinois 74, Austin Peay 49, Jacksonville State 43, Murray State 23, Tennessee Tech 6, and Morehead State 5. "I was pleased with our performance and found out we needed a few more points here and there in areas to get over the hunt to claim the title," said Tigerbelles' head coach Chandra Cheeseborough. Saturday's TSU action at the Championships saw sophomore Tierra Boyd winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.94 seconds. Sophomore Dominque Ward won the 400-meters with a time of 56.57 seconds, just ahead of teammate and senior Rebekah Robinson's time of 56.58. The Tigerbelles 4x400 relay team of Boyd, Ward, Robinson, and Margertha McLean won by almost six seconds with a time of 3:450:52. Latheria Lewis, who won the shot put on Friday, followed with a second place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 54-03.25. Austin Peay's Sherlonda Johnson was named OVC Female Athlete if the Championship. She took first place in the 55-meters, the long jump, and sixth in the triple jump.