NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s track and field team put on an impressive performance at the Ed Temple Classic on Sunday at the Wilma Rudolph Indoor Track inside the Gentry Center. It was the Flying Tigers’ first action of the 2016 calendar year.
“Overall, I think we did pretty well for coming back from the Christmas break,” TSU Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice said. “I think everybody put in quality work and it’s headed in a good direction. Next week is Vanderbilt, and we’re excited about where we’re headed.”
Quamel Prince continued to impress in the 800m, besting the second-place finisher by more than four seconds with a winning time of 1:52.50.
In the 55m hurdles, Jemarruse Amos and Shawn Harris captured the top two spots. With a time of 7.68 seconds, Amos won the event, with Harris taking second place in 7.94 seconds.
Justin Young was victorious in the pole vault for TSU, clearing the bar at 3.99m (13’1”) on his first attempt to win the event.
TSU swept the top three positions in the long jump among NCAA athletes. Kareem Nicholas finished second overall and first among NCAA athletes, reaching 7.27m (23’10.25”). He was followed by Shaquille Cragwall (6.87m) and Marc McCoy (6.76m).
In the triple jump, Cragwall also turned in distance of 14.94m (49’0.25”), while Duaron Williams was the top NCAA finisher in the shot put with a distance of 13.60m (44’7.5”).
Malik Wright’s strong rookie campaign continued with a time of 49.35 in the 400m to place second, and Jerome Henderson also earned a second place finish in the 55m (6.41).
In the final event of the day, Jontue McDowell, Wright, Jason Griffin and Prince won the 4x400m relay in 3:20.26.
Next up, the Flying Tigers return to Vanderbilt to take part in the two-day Commodore Indoor Invitational on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16.
Men’s Dual Meet Scoring
Tennessee State 28 – 22 Middle Tennessee