Nashville, Tenn. – After a one-week hiatus, the Tennessee State track and field teams will resume competition this Friday when the squads travel to Charleston, Ill. for the OVC Outdoor Championship.
Two weeks ago at Vanderbilt, the TSU 4x100 teams had strong showings as the Tigerbelle team of Clairwin Dameus, Ashontae Jackson, Diera Taylor and Quanisha Sales won the event with a time of 45.34 seconds.
The Flying Tiger team of Travon Alexander, Tyler Anderson, Jerome Henderson and Michael Johnson placed second. The foursome ran a time of 41.68, just 0.54 seconds behind Middle Tennessee State.
Jackson also represented her school well in the women’s 400-meter, placing in fourth after finishing the race in 54.76 seconds. The sophomore also won the long jump with a leap that spanned 5.75 meters.
Her performance in the Vandy Invite helped her get named the OVC Female Athlete of the Year this past week.
Another TSU jumper that looked in top form was Flying Tiger Royce Dates. The reigning OVC Male Field Athlete of the Week was again the top collegiate long jumper at the Vanderbilt Invite, hopping 7.38 meters.
Dates also competed in the triple jump and had another strong showing. The junior set a personal-best in the event with a skip of 14.48 meters- the second farthest in the OVC this season.
Like Jackson, the Vandy Invite played a big part in Dates being named the Co-Field Athlete of the year by the conference office.
This weekend’s championship should provide another showcase for Jackson and Dates.
At last year’s OVC Championship at Southeast Missouri, Jackson claimed the women's long jump title, leaping 6.09-meters.
Dates, meanwhile, cleared a distance of 7.45m for second place in last season’s final meet.
Another Tigerbelle looking to defend her designation in Illinois is Brittani Logan who claimed the women's shot put title last year, throwing a distance of 14.51-meters to secure the champion's medal.
The Tigerbelles and Flying Tigers will begin play at noon on Friday, May 3, with the discus throw.