NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State track and field teams will start the season on the road for the Music City Challenge hosted by Vanderbilt on Dec. 4 and continue in the Christmas Invitational on the campus of Middle Tennessee State this Saturday.
The Music City Challenge is a kick-off event for the local universities’ winter track and field seasons and was won by TSU a year ago.
For the men, Travon Alexander looks to repeat after winning both the 60 and 200 meters last December with times of 6.94 and 22.00 seconds.
The 2013 Challenge was Amber Hughes’s coming out party as the freshman kicked off her colligate career taking the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.55 seconds.
In last year’s MTSU Christmas Invite, the women’s side took dual meets against Western Kentucky, 230-110 and Austin Peay, 218.5-147.5.
The Tigerbelles will be looking for revenge against the hosts as Middle Tennessee State was the only group to top them, and the squad did so by the narrowest of margins, 193.5-187.5.
Tennessee State’s men’s team split its pair of dual meets against Western Kentucky and MTSU. The Flying Tigers edged out the Hilltoppers 60-56 and dropped their contest against the Blue Raiders 64-38.
As a junior, JaLyn Burr put in solid performances in the jumps placing second in the triple jump (11.91 meters) and third in the high jump (1.63 meters). Burr was joined by then-sophomore Clairwin Dameus who put in a third place finish in the long jump with a hop of 5.86 meters.
Admission to both the Music City Challenge and MTSU Christmas Invitational is free and TSU fans are encouraged to attend.
The Music City Challenge will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, while the Christmas Invite is slated to start around 11 a.m. on Saturday.