CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s track and field team found success on day one of the APSU Invitational. The Flying Tigers grabbed first place finishes in the triple jump and javelin, while placing second in the pole vault.
TSU showed a heavy presence in the triple jump and was led by Kareem Nicholas. The junior out jumped all competitors with a career best 15.69m, out distancing his previous best of 15.13 at the 2016 OVC Indoor Championship and his outdoor best of 14.88 at the USF Bulls Invitational.
Senior Shaquille Cragwell also recorded a personal best by bounding 15.19m for third place. The Lebanon, Tenn. product bettered his mark of 15.13 from the 2016 OVC indoor Championship and his best outside distance of 15.09m, accomplished during the 2014 OVC Championship.
Marc McCoy placed fourth, one spot ahead of Jemarruse Amos. McCoy out shined his performance from the USF Bulls Invitational to start the season as he sprung 14.79m. Amos was measured at 14.38m for his first jump outdoors this season. The sophomore went for 14.08 at the Vanderbilt Opener Indoor.
McCoy snared the top toss in the javelin registering a 47.72m mark in his first attempt in the event. Freshman Charles Gooden finished out of the top spots with a throw of 30.15m.
Junior Justin Young completed the pole vault in a tie for second as he cleared 4.17m.
Day two of the APSU Invitational starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.