Track & Field Hosts TSU Invite on Sunday
Friday, January 27, 2012
The Tennessee State University track & field program hosts its final regular season home indoor meet, the TSU Invite, on Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Gentry Center.  The meet officially kicks off with field events at 8 a.m.  

The TSU Invite is the second to last regular season indoor meet for the Big Blue. Seven other programs will participate in the one day event, which includes Alabama A&M, Fisk and Lipscomb.

Tigerbelles' Ashontae Jackson and Daniecce Ward have several top-5 marks in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Jackson, a redshirt freshman, is fourth in the long jump (5.56m/18-3) and 200-meter dash (25.13). The Gordonville, Va., native also has a time of 7.75 in the 60-meter dash recorded at the UNC Dick Taylor Invitational, ranking fifth in the league.

Ward has two of the league's top marks. Ward is first in the long jump with a distance of 18-9 ¼  (5.72m) notched at the Ed Temple Classic earlier this month. The Milwaukee product is also first in the triple jump, leaping 38-8 ¾ (11.80m) at the MTSU Christmas Invitational on Dec. 10.

For the Flying Tigers, sophomore Royce Dates leads the OVC with the top mark in the men's long jump. The Memphis product leapt 24-1 ¾ (7.36m) at the UNC Dick Taylor Invitational. He is also fourth in the high jump, clearing 6-5 (1.96m).

Arthur Combest has the league's best high jump, clearing 6-8 (2.03m) at the Ed Temple Classic. Combest is fourth in the 60-meter hurdles, running a time of 8.24 seconds at the Illini Classic.

Lamonte Burton's registered time of 22.18 seconds in the 200-meter dash is the fifth best mark in the league. Freshman Tamarron Key's cleared height of 11-1 ¾ (3.40m) in the pole vault currently sits fifth in the OVC.

Admission to the meet is free and open to the public. Fans can follow Sunday's action via a live blog at and through Twitter (@TSU_Tigers). Official results will be online at following the conclusion of the meet.