ED TEMPLE CLASSIC
Sunday, Jan. 7
9 a.m. Field Events | 11 a.m. Track Events
Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn.
STARTING LINE: In the lone home meet of the season, the Tennessee State men’s and women’s track and field teams will host the Ed Temple Classic on Sunday, Jan. 7 at Wilma Rudolph Indoor Track inside the Gentry Center. The meet is named after the late Ed Temple, who guided the Tigerbelles for four decades. Temple, who passed away in September of 2016, served as the Head Coach of the U.S. women’s track and field team at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics.
THE FIELD: TSU, Middle Tennessee, Austin Peay, Jackson State, Alabama A&M
LAST TIME OUT: Tennessee State opened the 2017-18 indoor season with a number of strong performances at the Vanderbilt Opener on Dec. 2. R’Lazon Brumfield won the triple jump and took third in the long jump in his first collegiate meet. On the track, Jemarruse Amos secured second in the 60m hurdles with Isaiah Olige (60m hurdles) and James Faison (60m) taking third in their respective events for the Flying Tigers.
The Tigerbelles shined in the field events at the Vanderbilt Opener. Senior Cyra Beard won the high jump and secured second in the triple jump. Freshman Mikayla Thompson posted the top distance in the shot put, reaching 14.68m (48’2”).
IN THE NATION: TSU freshman R’Lazon Brumfield currently ranks fourth in the nation in the triple jump with his distance of 15.31m (50’2.75”) at the Vanderbilt Opener. Senior James Faison’s 400m time of 48.07 from the Vanderbilt Opener is the sixth-best in the country, while freshman Thomas Mosley is 17th in the 800m after clocking in at 1:54.80 in the opening meet. For the Tigerbelles, senior Cyra Beard is in the top 20 nationally in the triple jump (12th) and high jump (18th) from her performance at the Vanderbilt Opener.
LOCAL EVENTS: The Ed Temple Classic is the second of six meets for TSU in the state of Tennessee this season. The schedule includes three indoor meets and three outdoor meets in the state.
UP NEXT: TSU heads to Birmingham, Ala. to compete in the Blazer Invitational (Jan. 12) and the Vulcan Invitational (Jan. 13). Both events will take place at the Birmingham CrossPlex.