MTF start 2010 at home in the Ed Temple Classic
Saturday, January 9, 2010


Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's track and field team will begin 2010 at home in the 10th Annual Ed Temple Indoor Track and Field Classic.

The meet hosted by the TSU Tigerbelles will be held on Sunday, Jan. 10, on the Wilma Rudolph Indoor Track inside the Gentry Center.


The competition honors former and legendary TSU Tigerbelles head coach Ed Temple.

Temple is Tennessee's most honored and accomplished track and field coach. His famous Tigerbelles won twenty-three gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals, thirty-four national team titles, and thirty medals in the Pan American Games. Temple also recently received an honorary degree from TSU during the 2009 graduation commencement ceremony.


The race and field events are scheduled to begin with the mile run and high jump at 8 a.m. The running events will resume following the opening ceremony before the start of the 55m hurdle prelims at 10:30 a.m. The meet will then move to a rolling schedule per event.

With more than 300 competitors entered, the pool of men and women club and Division I teams include:  Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Chatt.Jet TC, Clarksville Elite, Florida A&M, Lipscomb, Middle Tennessee State, Protime-Training and Savannah State.

The Flying Tigers opened the indoor season at the MTSU Christmas Invitational on Dec. 12, 2009.

Phillip Myton and Trenton Britt spotlighted the team's individual performances. Myton won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.97 seconds and Britt finished first in the triple jump with a mark of 45-1 ¾ (13.76m).

Other notable performances included the 4x400-meter relay team, Xavier Walton and Tyson Kemp each tallying third-place finishes. The 4x400-relay team  (Myton, Dwayne Johnson, De'Andre Dennis, Chris Hobbs) posted a time of 3:31.25. 

In the long jump, Walton opened the season with a mark of 23-2 ½ (7.07m). Newcomer Kemp completed the shot put uncorking a throw of 47-2 ½ (14.38m).

Next, the Flying Tigers will compete in the Southern Illinois SASF Invitational in Carbondale, Ill. on Jan. 15.