Flying Tigers end indoor season at OVC Championship
Sunday, February 28, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Flying Tigers capped the indoor season with a fourth place finish overall at the 2010 OVC Track and Field Championship  on Saturday afternoon at the Wilma Rudolph Indoor Track.

The team scored 71 points to round out the final team standings with Eastern Illinois repeating as champions with 178 points followed by Southeast Missouri (150.5) and Eastern Kentucky (88.5).

Nathaniel Moore and Arthur Combest won individual titles in the 400-meter and high jump events winning their first career crowns.

After squeaking in for the last slot to make the finals of the 400 (50.96 secs.), Moore posted his fastest time of the year running 48.80 seconds to win the event.

Combest's individual effort totaled 16 points winning the high jump with a career mark of 6'08.25 (2.04m) and placing third in the 55-meter hurdles at 7.71 seconds.

The high jump proved to be the Flying Tigers' strength at the championship grabbing 22 points in the event. Along with Combest's win, Xavier Walton, Jamal Henderson, and Julian Mallory rounded out the scoring with third, fourth and fifth place finishes.

Walton (1.94m) and Mallory (1.89m) made their season debut in the event while Henderson vaulted a career best at 6'02.25 (1.89m) for fourth.

In addition, Walton and Mallory added team points in other events. Walton took second in the long jump with a season mark of 23'09.10 (7.24m) with Mallory placing fourth in the 55-meter dash (6.51 secs.) and fifth in the 200-meter (22.41 secs.).

In other events scored, Dwayne Johnson took third in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.50 seconds and Marquis Hunter finished fourth in the hurdles at 8.14 seconds.

In the relays, the 4x400-meter team (Combest, Mallory, Darden, Myton) finished third in 3:23.48 and the distance medley relay (Myton, Hughes, Henderson, Hobbs) posted a 12:43.49 for fourth in their first appearance on the year.

The Flying Tigers will open the outdoor season at the Morehouse Relays on March 19-20 in Atlanta, Ga. at the Edwin Moses Track on the campus of Morehouse College.