TSU track and field teams lace up for Boston-Moon Classic
Thursday, April 8, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. The Tennessee State University will host the 8th Annual Boston-Moon Classic from Friday and Saturday, April 9th-10th, at the Ed Temple Track on the campus of TSU.

The meet, hosted by the Flying Tigers, will also serve as a home meet for the Tigerbelles.

The Classic will also feature more than six local high schools and nearly 25 men and women's collegiate teams including: Alabama A&M (M&W), Bellarmine (M&W), Belmont (M&W), Bethel (M&W), Lane (M&W), Lipscomb (M&W), Middle Tennessee State (M&W), Morehouse, Rust (M&W), Sewanee (M&W), Tennessee Tech (M&W), Vanderbilt (W), and Wisconsin Lutheran (M&W).

The meet's high school prelims in the running events is set for Friday (4/9) and all collegiate event finals on Saturday (4/10). In addition, the high school finals of all running events will be held on Saturday (4/10) starting with the 4x100-meter relay at 4:20 p.m.

Both days are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. with the shot put competition while running events are slated to start at 4 p.m. High school running events on Friday will begin with the 4x800-meter relay and the college events on Saturday will start off with the women's steeplechase.

Last season at the Classic, the Flying Tigers finished with six top finishes including a win in the 4x400-meter relay (3:15.87). Other notable performances included second place finishes by Michael Rideout (400m - 49.38 secs.) and Xavier Walton (Long Jump - 22' 05.00").

The Flying Tigers enter this week's competition after Phillip Myton and Julian Mallory recorded their first collegiate wins at the Austin Peay Governors Invitational (4/3).

Myton won the 400m with a time of 49.46 seconds and Mallory posted 22.34 seconds in the 200m for first. Mallory also placed second in the 100m-dash with an 11.12 clocking.

The Tigerbelles come in fresh off an open week after competing in the Weems Baskin Invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina (3/27).

Freshman, Gabrielle Todd, spotlighted the team winning the second section of the 400-meter dash with a career best time of 57.52 seconds. The result lifted Todd to fifth-place overall in the event against a pool of competitors that featured notable athletes from the SEC and Big East conferences.

The Boston-Moon Classic first included the high school portion in 2009 and is the only track and field meet in the Nashville metropolitan area to feature high school and collegiate sections.

The Classic garners its name after highly decorated TSU men's track and field legends and U.S. Olympians, Ralph Boston and John Moon. Both were inducted to several state and national halls of fame.

Boston was a world record holder in the long jump (1960-62, 1964-67) breaking Jesse Owens' 25-year mark. He garnered the gold medal (1960 - Rome), silver medal (1964 - Tokyo) and bronze medal (1968 - Mexico City) in the long jump in three consecutive Olympic Games. He also won two gold medals at the Pan American Games (1963, 1967), in addition to four AAU Championships and one NCAA Championship. He serves as the meet's head official and was elected to the Tennessee State University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983.

Moon is one of the top sprinters in TSU history. While at TSU, he won the NAIA and placed third in the NCAA Championships. His time of 9.3 in the 100-yard dash in 1960 tied the world record. At the National AAU Championships in 1963, Moon finished second. He also ran a time of 20.3 in the 220-yard dash and 46.2 in the quarter-mile. He was elected to Tennessee State University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. He is currently the head track and field coach at Seton Hall.