JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- The Tennessee State men’s track and field team saved its best for last, winning the final event of the day to cap a strong showing at the UNF Invite at Hodges Stadium on Saturday.
In the day's final event, the 4x400m relay, TSU’s team of Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.), David Jones (St. Louis, Mo.), Jontue McDowell (Jacksonville, Fla.) and James Faison (Decatur, Ga.) put together a winning time of 3:16.02, which is the best in the Ohio Valley Conference this spring.
Individually, Prince also won the 800m by more than two seconds, turning in a time of 1:50.07.
TSU had a number of standout performances in field events on the day. Marc McCoy (Tampa, Fla.) took home third place in the javelin thanks to a mark of 48.64m (159’7”) on his fourth attempt. He also secured fifth place in the triple jump with a distance of 14.87m (48’9.5”).
Kyle Washington-Scott (St. Louis, Mo.) took third in the discus with a mark of 46.57m (152’9”) and went on to take third in the shot put with a mark of 16.22m (53’2.75”). In the hammer throw, Washington-Scott earned fourth place thanks to a distance of 49.51m (162.5”).
Kareem Nicholas (Atlanta, Ga.) earned sixth place in the long jump after reaching 7.42m (24’4.25”) and sixth in the triple jump (14.83m – 48’8”).
On his third attempt, Justin Young (Clarksville, Tenn.) cleared 4.40m (14’5.25”) in the pole vault, good for a tie for fifth place overall.
TSU took sixth and seventh in the 400m with Faison running at 48.43 and Malik Wright (Tampa, Fla.) clocking in at 48.60.
TSU’s next event is the Georgia Tech Invite on April 21-22 in Atlanta, Ga.