WEEMS BASKIN INVITATIONAL
Columbia, S.C. | Sheila & Morris Cregger Track
STARTING LINE: The Tennessee State men's and women's track and field teams begin the 2017 outdoor season with the Weems Baskin Invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. Action will begin on Friday with the javelin at 9 a.m. Saturday's events get underway at 9 a.m. with the discus.
THE FIELD: TSU will compete against South Carolina, Illinois, East Tennessee State, Alabama State, Appalachian State, College of Charleston, Tennessee Tech, Virginia Tech, VMI, UNC Asheville and Charleston Southern, among others.
INDOOR RECAP: The Flying Tigers posted one of their most successful indoor seasons since joining the Ohio Valley Conference. TSU tied for second at the OVC Indoor Championship behind gold medals from Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) in the 400m and 800m. The OVC Track Athlete of the Year, Prince also helped the 4x400m relay team place second. Earning silver medals for the Flying Tigers were Kareem Nicholas (Atlanta, Ga.) in the long jump and triple jump and Jemarruse Amos (Jacksonville, Fla.) in the 60m hurdles.
It was another strong indoor season for the women's track and field team highlighted by Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) repeating as OVC Track Athlete of the Year and OVC Field Athlete of the Year for the regular season. The Tigerbelles placed third overall at the OVC Indoor Championship, finishing 15 points behind first-place Eastern Illinois. Daimer Gordon (Ellenwood, Ga.) won gold in the weight throw with Hughes taking first place in the long jump, triple jump, 60m and 60m hurdles for TSU.
UP NEXT: The Flying Tigers and Tigerbelles will travel to Gainesville, Fla. for the Pepsi Florida Relays scheduled for March 30 - April 1.