Successful Day at TSU Invite
Sunday, January 29, 2012

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State men's and women's track and field teams completed a successful day on Sunday at the TSU Invite. The Tigerbelles claimed ten first place finishes of the 16 events and had 25 individuals medal. The Flying Tigers had 23 individuals stand on the podium, including six on the top step.

Ashontae Jackson led the way with four victories. The redshirt-freshman opened the day jumping 5.53 meters in the long jump. The Tigerbelles would go 1-2-3 in the event as Felicia Oladakun finished second with a leap of 5.14 meters and Daniecce Ward claimed third at 5.11 meters.

Jackson then hit the track and claimed back-to-back season best wins in the 50 meter dash (7.15) and the 200 meter (24.87). The Gordonsville, Va. native closed out the day by running the anchor leg for the Tigerbelles winning 4x400 meter relay team. Jackson was teamed with Gabrielle Todd, Kya Riley, and Breanna Adams in the final event of the day.

Todd claimed the title in the 400 meter with a winning time of 56.89. Oladakun would finish third in the same event at 59.53, marking the first time the freshman would break the one-minute mark in the event.

In the jumps, Ward captured titles in the high jump with a leap of 1.63 meters and in the triple jump with a mark of 11.32 meters. Oladakun finished second in the triple jump after reaching 11.07 meters..The freshman would then team with Diera Taylor, Brielle Moore and Charita Harris for a third place finish in the 4x400 meter relay.

Moore posted an individual best 8.52 as she won the 55 meter hurdles. LaTia Carney followewd with a second place finish in the same event with a career best 8.56.

Taylor would again reach the podium with a third place in the 200 with a time of 25.93. Adams received her second medal finishing second in the 800 with a career best 2:16.99.

In the 5000 meter run, sophomore Tiffany Harris finished first in a time of 22:27.46.

Brittani Logan finished on top of the weight throw with a toss of 14.54 meters.

The Flying Tigers finished 1-2-3 in the 400 led by Michael Johnson who crossed the line at 50.33. Freshmen Tamorron Key (51.61) and Osafa Hippolyte (52.39) completed the trio as both finished with career best times.

TSU also went 1-2 in the 800 meter as Jamill Jackson won in a time of 1:54.73, while Jonathan Owens was second crossing at 1:57.24. Owens added a second place finish in the mile to his accomplishments on the day. The junior finished recorded a personal best 4:38.58.

Jackson teamed with Jahleel Michael, Lamonte Burton and LeQuinn Davis to win the 4x400 in a time of 3:20.48. The Flying Tigers also claimed third in the relay with the team of Avian Hughes, Royce Dates, Arthur Combest and Adrien Hill who crossed at 3:26.82.

Hughes jumped 6.37 meters in the long jump, finishing second, while Combest claimed third place in the 55 meter hurdles in a time of 7.68.

In the sprints, Davis finished second in the 55 meter dash in 6.48. Burton earned the same position in the 200 with a time of 22.37. Both were career best times.

Freshman Sean Jenkins cleared the bar at 1.93 meters for a career best in the high jump.

Redshirt freshman Adrian McDaniel claimed the title in the 5000 meter run with a time of 19:02.64.

Alex Griffin grabbed two second place finishes in the throws. The freshman reached 12.92 in the shot put and bested his previous toss in the weight throw by over 1.4 meters, as he checked in at 11.46.

Both teams will be back in action on Saturday, February 11, as they travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn. to take place in the MTSU Valentine Invitational.