TSU Track & Field Visits Palmetto State
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tennessee State Track & Field keeps pace this weekend with a visit to the Palmetto State as the Flying Tigers and Tigerbelles partake in the Weems Baskin Invitational at the University of South Carolina.

The two-day meet begins with field events at Noon on Friday, March 23 and concludes Saturday, March 24 with the 4x4 relays.

27 schools are participating in this weekend's meet. Among those schools include: Appalachian State, Charlotte, Dartmouth, host South Carolina and St. John's.

As of Thursday, TSU has nine top mark on the Ohio Valley Conference performance list.

Travon Alexander's time of 11.22 in the 100-meter dash set at the Morehouse Relays is the best in the OVC, just two tenths ahead of Royce Dates (11.24) set at the Florida A&M Relays.

In the long jump, Dates is 23rd nationally and tops in the OVC with his leap of 23-8 ¼ (7.22m) at the FAMU Relays.

Senior Arthur Combest is the league's top hurdler, clocking a blistering speed of 14.72 at the 110-meter hurdles and a time of 56.37 in the 400-meter hurdles.

For the Tigerbelles, Ashontae Jackson has two of the league's best marks. The freshman is the leader in the 200-meter dash, clocking a time of 25.04. She also leads in the long jump with a distance of 18-5 ¼ (5.62m).

TSU has been strong in the triple jump as well with Ja'Lyn Burr leading the way (38-0 ¾, 11.60m) and Felicia Oladokun in second (36-7 ¾, 11.17m).  

In the 400-meter dash, Gabrielle Todd has the top time of 57.16 recorded at the FAMU Relays. The junior is second in the high jump with a cleared height of 5-3 ¼ (1.61m).

In the relay events, the Flying Tigers clocked in league-best time of 42.13, while running 3:18.90 in the men's 4x4. The Tigerbelles are second in the 4x4 after pacing 3:51.72.

After this weekend's meet, Tennessee State takes a two week breather before hosting the annual Boston-Moon Classic on April 13-14. Results of the Weems Baskin Invitational will be posted online at TSUTigers.com.