Flying Tigers lace up for TSU Invite
Friday, February 5, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - After two weeks away from competition, the Tennessee State University men's track team will return to the track when they participate in the TSU Invite. The home invitational will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, on the Wilma Rudolph Indoor Track inside the Gentry Center.

The meet will begin with the men's mile run and women's pole vault starting at 8 a.m. Track events will resume at 10:30 a.m. with the men's 55-meter hurdles prelim with a rolling schedule to follow.

The meet will host more than 700 competitors, which is the most number of participants ever to compete in an indoor meet at TSU. The pool of teams include:  Alabama A&M (M&W), Alabama State (M&W), Alabama-Huntsville (M&W), Albany State (M&W), Austin Peay State (W), Clayton State (M&W), Lipscomb (M&W), Jacksonville State (W), Union (M&W), Fort Valley State (M&W), Bethel (M&W), Tennessee Tech (W), and Bevill State (W).

In the Flying Tigers' last competition at the SASF Invitational at Southern Illinois, TSU finished with a pair of third-place finishes with Nathaniel Moore finishing third in the 200-meter dash with the time of 22.44 seconds. He also tacked on a fifth-place finish in the 400m with a 49.27 clocking.

Moore would join Michael Rideout, Phillip Myton, Jamal Henderson on the 4x400-meter relay team to finish third with their fastest time of the season, 3:20.48. The team shaved four seconds from their previous performance with the time converting to 3:18.08 due to track size. Other highlighted finishes include: Xavier Walton finishing fifth in the long jump at 7.10

Arthur Combest qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash with the fourth fastest time of the day, 8.42 sec, but finished sixth overall at 8.44 seconds. Julian Mallory finished fifth in the 200m with 22.78 sec. clocking to round out top performers.

Several runners are currently ranked in the top-three in the OVC. Dwayne Johnson is ranked first in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.44 seconds. Johnson sat out the SASF Invitational due to injury.

Moore's results from the SASF Invitational ranks him second in the 200m and third in the 400m. Mallory follows with a 22.3 sec. clocking in the 200m for third on the OVC Best List.

In the field events, Walton and Combest has registered the best performance on the team. Walton is tied for second in the long jump among the conference best at 23" 3.5 (7.10m). Combest is third in the OVC in the 55-meter hurdles (7.63 sec.) and second in the high jump with a personal best of 6" 8.25 (2.04m).

In the relays, the teams has yet to compete in the distant medley relays but has improved their time in the 4x400-meter relay in every competition on the season. They sit second in the league with a time of 3:18.08.

Next, the Flying Tigers will compete in the Valentine Invitational hosted by Middle Tennessee State. The meet is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Murphy Center.