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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s track and field team had an encouraging first day of the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship in a number of preliminary rounds as well as two bronze medals on Friday at the Gentry Center. TSU is tied for fourth place alongside Belmont with 28 points in the team scoring.
Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) posted the top qualifying time in the 800m on the day of 1.51.23. Prince was the only runner to break 1:52.00 on the day. Prince will look to capture gold in tomorrow’s finals.
Shaquille Cragwall (Lebanon, Tenn.) took third in the high jump to earn a medal by clearing the bar set at 1.98m to pick up six points. The jump tied his best indoor height of the season.
The Flying Tigers picked up 15 points in the long jump thanks to a trio of scorers. Freshman Marc McCoy (Tampa, Fla.) secured his first OVC medal by capturing third with a 7.30m distance. The distance was a personal record, besting his previous mark of 6.76m. Kareem Nicolas (Atlanta, Ga.) and Cragwall placed fourth and fifth, respectively, with jumps of 7.26m and 7.09m.
Kenji Anderson (Cordova, Tenn.) scored two points for TSU in the high jump after clearing 1.95m to place seventh.
The Flying Tigers will be well represented in the finals of the 55m hurdles with four of the eight finalists coming from TSU. In the prelims on Friday, Shawn Harris (Memphis, Tenn.) bested the field with a 7.65 finish. Jason Griffin (Gallatin, Tenn.) finished fifth (7.80), Desmond Tanner (Clarksville, Tenn.) took sixth (8.03) and Jemarruse Amos (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed seventh (8.05) in the prelims.
Jerome Henderson III (Clarksville, Tenn.) is moving onto Saturday’s finals in the 55m thanks to a time of 6.46 to place fifth in the preliminary round.
In the 400m prelims, Malik Wright (Tampa, Fla.) and Griffin advanced with finishes of seventh for Wright (49.96) and eighth for Griffin (50.55).
Competing in the heptathlon, Anderson is in second place heading into day two after taking first in the 55m (6.73) and third in the long jump (6.51m).
SIU Edwardsville leads the team event with 41 points, and EKU is currently in second place with 37 points. SEMO (33 points), Belmont (28), TSU (28) and Eastern Illinois (25) round out the field.
The event will wrap up tomorrow at the Gentry Center.