Flying Tigers return to Middle Tennessee State for competition
Friday, February 12, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State men's track team will compete in the Valentine's Invitational hosted by Middle Tennessee State on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU.

The competition will begin with the women's weight throw at 11 a.m. and will end with the 4x400-meter relay which is slated for a 4:40 p.m. start.

The pool of teams entered to compete will include men and women's teams from: Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Alabama State, Bethel, Milligan, Chattanooga, and Western Kentucky.

The Flying Tigers return to the Murphy Center after competing in the MTSU Christmas Invitational (12/!2) to open the indoor season. The team sparked the season with two first-place awards at the MTSU Christmas Invitational, Saturday (12/12) afternoon.

Last season at the Valentine's Invitational, the team capped off the event with four top-three performances. Nathaniel Moore took third place in their individual events while the 1600-meter relay team finished second. Moore ran a time of 49.65 seconds in the 400-meter dash. With the long distance team running the legs, the 4x400-meter relay team finished second with a time of 3:25.77.

TSU is coming off the TSU Invite on Saturday (2/6) capturing several third-place finishes. Arthur Combest qualified for the finals in the 55-meter hurdles (7.73 seconds) and improved his time on the season to 7.60 seconds in the finals to place third overall. Combest now moves to second place on the OVC Best List and currently holds the fastest time in the 55-meter hurdles with a faster 60-meter time ahead of him.

In the 200-meter dash, Julian Mallory captured third for his best finish on the season. He recorded a time of 22.39 seconds, just nine-hundredths of second of his fastest mark this year. Mallory would later help the 4x400-meter relay team with Michael Rideout, Nathaniel Moore, and Christopher Hobbs to a third-place standing with a clocking of 3:19.58.

Earlier, Rideout took third in the open 400-meter dash with his fastest time for the season, 49.11 seconds. Rideout moves to fourth on the OVC charts for his performance. Moore followed at 49.17 seconds for fourth overall also registering his fastest of the season.

The Flying Tigers will go next week without competition before they lace up for the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship. The meet is scheduled for Feb. 26 - 28 and will be hosted by Tennessee State University on the Wilma Rudolph Indoor Track inside the Gentry Center.