PHOTO GALLERY - BY SAM JORDAN
NASHVILLE --- Getting back into the swing of the indoor season, the Tennessee State men’s track and field team turned in an impressive performance at the Ed Temple Classic on Sunday at the Gentry Center. The Flying Tigers won seven individual events and the 4x400m relay on the day.
Kyle Washington-Scott (St. Louis, Mo.) accounted for two of TSU’s first-place finishes, taking top honors in the shot put and the weight throw. On his third attempt, Washington-Scott came up with a winning toss of 16.55m (54’3.75”) in the shot put, and he captured first place in the weight throw with a distance of 15.39m (50’6”).
In the jumps, Kenji Anderson (Cordova, Tenn.) tied for the top spot in the high jump with a 2.05m (6’8.75”) jump, while Kareem Nicholas (Atlanta, Ga.) reached 15.08m (49’5.75”) in the finals of the triple jump for the win.
Jemarruse Amos (Jacksonville, Fla.) ran the best two times of the day in the 55m hurdles. In the prelims, the junior clocked in at 7.80. In the finals, he trimmed his time down to 7.75 for the win. Anderson was not far behind in second place in the finals in 7.81.
Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.), who was the top 800m runner in the OVC last season, stretched out for the mile with a winning time of 4:23.30, beating the second-place finisher by nearly eight seconds.
In an exciting finish in the 400m, sophomore Malik Wright (Tampa, Fla.) edged Arkansas Pine Bluff’s Wade Gardner by .17 seconds with a 49.45 finish to take first place.
The only relay of the day, the 4x400m, was another TSU victory as Wright teamed with David Jones (St. Louis, Mo.), James Faison (Decatur, Ga.), Jontue McDowell (Jacksonville, Fla.) for a time of 3:16.86 for the win.
Faison improved on his time in the 55m, going from 6.60 in the prelims to 6.48 in the finals for second place.
Next up for the Flying Tigers is a trip to Lexington, Ky. to compete in the Kentucky Invitational on Jan. 13-14.