WILLIAMS WINS LONG JUMP IN AUBURN'S SPRINGTIME INVITATIONAL
AUBURN, Ala. --- Tennessee State junior track team member Buford Williams claimed the Auburn Springtime Invitational long jump with a leap of 24 feet 2.25 inches qualifying for the NCAA Regionals to highlight the Tigers' appearance in the Southeastern Conference's meet over the weekend. TSU coach Kelly Carter, a track All-American at Auburn carried his team to the event. TSU's Saihou Mbenga claimed second place behind Williams with a leap of 23-04.75. TSU's 4x100 meter relay squad of Williams, Christopher Howell, Ronald Morris, and Mbenga took third place with a time of 41.14 behind Auburn (40.61) and Troy (40.91). Chris Howell finished 11th with a time of 11.42 in the 100 meter dash, while Patrick Robinson was12th with a time of 11.43, and Mbenga 14th with a time of 11.58. Robinson took 10th place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.65, while teammate Christopher Howell took 13th place with a time of 22.86. In the 400-meter dash, Rilan Betts took seventh in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.49 and Ricky Sayles was eighth with a time of 50.55. Mark Lollis placed ninth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:05.36. Jarred Kelly was fifth in the 110 meter hurdles (15.23), and Ivra Warren was seventh (15.92). Bryan Ragsdale was fifth in the 400 meter hurdles (58.70), and Quincy Wilkens sixth (59.96). TSU will travel to Southeast Missouri's Gatorade Classic this weekend.