TSU Track & Field Hosts Ed Temple Classic Saturday
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The Tennessee State University men's and women's track & field programs resume the 2011-12 Indoor season by hosting the 13th annual Ed Temple Classic on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Gentry Center. Field events are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. with running events beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The Flying Tigers and Tigerbelles compete in their second meet this season, after placing third in the Christmas Invitational hosted by Middle Tennessee on Dec. 10. The Ed Temple Classic pays homage to legendary Tigerbelles Coach Ed Temple, who helped the squad to 34 national titles during his tenure.

A total of nine NCAA Division I universities will compete in the meet, including local programs Austin Peay, Lipscomb, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky. Other regional programs consist of: Alabama A&M, Florida A&M, Jackson State and Savannah State.

The field events start with the high jump at 8 a.m. and conclude with the weight throw. The mile run is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. The 55-meter Hurdle preliminaries will start the remaining running events approximately at 10:30 a.m. and the meet will conclude with the thrilling 4x400-meter relay.

TSU has several top-5 marks in the Ohio Valley Conference through one meet. The Tigerbelles are led by senior Daniecce Ward. The Milwaukee product has the league's best triple jump standard with a leap of 38-8 ¼ (11.80m), placing second in the Christmas Invitational.

Charita Harris' run of 2:24.84 in the 800-meter run is currently ranked second in the OVC. In the mile run, sophomore Tiffany Harris leads TSU with a time of 5:59.48. Her mark is third in the league.

Middle distance runner Kya Riley holds the top 400-meter time for the Tigerbelles, pacing a time of 1:00.81.

For the Flying Tigers, Jamill Jackson claimed a victory in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:00.02. The Mt. Juliet product's time is third in the OVC. Desmond Trice immediately follows his freshman counterpart with a time of 2:00.92.

Lamonte Burton and Michael Johnson came out strong in their debut 400-meter race this season. Burton registered a time of 50.64 and Johnson clocked 51.24 to rank third and fourth, respectively, in the OVC.

Admission to Saturday's meet is free and open to the public. Results from Saturday's meet will be posted online at TSUTigers.com.

TSU Track & Field Director Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice's Video Preview: