Charleston, Ill. - The Tennessee State University Flying Tigers ended day one of the 2011 OVC Indoor Track and Field Championship with one first-place finish and several athletes qualifying for Saturday's finals.
Arthur Combest entered the meet with the best mark in the high jump in the conference. Combest, the defending champion in the event, cleared 1.98m (6"6.0) retaining his crown from the 2010 championship.
Dates notched third in the long jump with a mark of 22' 8" (6.91m) to add to his fourth-place finish in the high jump at 6'0 (1.83m). Walton followed in the long jump for fourth (6.76m - 22' 2") and Hughes recorded fifth (6.74m - 22' 1.25").
The distance medley relay (Donnie Johnson, Jonathan Owens, Markeith Price, Chris Hobbs) picked up fourth place in the only relay event of the evening. In their first time on the track this season, the team recorded a time of 11:27.70.
In the running events, six Flying Tigers qualified for day two's final heat.
In the 60m dash, Lequinn Davis (6.97 secs.), Michah Poole (7.02 secs.) and Julian Mallory (7.06 secs.) qualified for Saturday's event with the fourth, sixth and seventh fastest times of the day.
In the 200m, Poole and Michael Johnson rounded out the top qualifiers to sneak into the finals. Poole finished the prelims with a time of 22.86 seconds and Johnson closed out at 22.84 seconds.
Johnson also qualified for the 400m finals running a time of 51.70 with Phillip Myton finishing ahead of him at 51.63 seconds.
TSU currently sits in third place in the overall standings with 30 points. Southeast Missouri State leads the competition after the first day with 49 points.
The finals will begin on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m.