Cookeville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Flying Tigers qualified for the finals in all prelims on the track while tallying three medals in day one of the 2010 OVC Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Tucker Stadium.
Arthur Combest finished runner-up in the high jump at 6'08 (2.03m) to Eastern Illinois' Ian Winston (6' 09.75 - 2.08m) in a rematch of the 2010 indoor championship. Combest bested Winston for the indoor title in February.
Despite finishing second in the high jump, TSU outscored EIU 18 to 13, adding a third, fourth, and sixth-place finish.
Jamal Henderson received his first OVC medal taking third with a height of 6' 4 (1.93m). Xavier Walton followed in fourth (6' 02 - 1.88m) and Julian Mallory rounded out the event for sixth (6' 02 - 1.88m).
In other field events, Walton added to his medal count with a second-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 23' 08.25 (7.22m).
In the running event prelims, Mallory (11.12 secs) joined Dwayne Johnson (10.97 secs), Johnnie Poole (11.16 secs), and Micah Poole (11.26 secs) to qualify for the finals in the 100m. All four Flying Tigers entered in the event advanced to tomorrow's final with Johnson posting the fastest time of the day in the event.
In the 200m, Mallory also advanced with a time of 22.31 seconds along with Michael Rideout who registered the second fastest time of the day, a career best 21.94 seconds.
The prelims of the 110 high hurdles, 400m, 800m, and 400m intermediate hurdles were canceled due to the number of participants in the events. All competitors entered in the event will automatically advance to the finals and will be seeded based on times on this year's OVC performance list.
With 26 points tallied after day one, TSU sits in fourth place in the team standings. Eastern Illinois holds the lead with 76 points with Southeast Missouri (68) and Eastern Kentucky (28) holding the top three spots.
The finals of the championship will begin on Saturday (5/1) with the women's hammer throw at 8 a.m. The 4x100-meter relay finals will kick-off the track events at 10 a.m.