Outdoor season begins for Flying Tigers at Morehouse Relays
Thursday, March 18, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - After a week away from competition, the Tennessee State University Flying Tigers will travel to compete in the 39th Annual Morehouse Relays in Atlanta, Ga.

The three-day competition will take place on the campus of Morehouse College from Thursday, March 18 to Saturday, March 20 on the Edwin Moses Track inside B.T. Harvey Stadium.

The meet will host track and field teams from the Atlanta metro area high school ranks and the following collegiate teams: Alabama A&M (M&W), Albany State (M&W), Central State (M&W), Clark Atlanta (M&W) Florida A&M (M&W), Fort Valley State (M&W), Georgia State (M&W), Kentucky State (M&W), Lane (M&W), Miles (M&W), Paine (M&W), Rust (M&W), Stillman (M&W), Troy (M&W) and Tuskegee (M&W).

The meet will begin with the collegiate decathlon and heptathlon at 10 a.m. on day one and day two. On the final day (3/20), the meet begins at 9:00 a.m. with the combined men and women's 10, 000-meter run, men's javelin and women's hammer.  

Last year at Morehouse, the team sparked the outdoor season capturing two first-place awards with six top-five finishes.

TSU took first place in the open 800-meter dash and the long jump while picking up third-place finishes courtesy of Phillip Myton, Avian Hughes, and the 4x400-meter relay team.

Myton won his heat in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:01.31 but finished third overall in the final standings. Hughes posted his best finish of the season with a leap of 21'10.75" with 4x400-meter relay posting a 3:21.12.

The Flying Tigers enter the competition after finishing fourth in the OVC Indoor Track and Field Championship.

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, 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.

In addition, Walton took second in the long jump with a season mark of 23'09.10 (7.24m) with Dwayne Johnson medaling at third in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.50 seconds. In the relays, the 4x400-meter team (Combest, Mallory, Darden, Myton) also finished third in 3:23.48 to cap the events.

Flying Tigers will return to the track on March 27 when they participate in the Tennessee Tech Invitational in Cookeville, Tenn.