THUNDERING HERD INVITATIONAL
Jeff Small Track - Chris Cline Athletic Complex | Huntington, W. Va.
STARTING LINE: After a weekend off from competition, the Tennessee State men’s and women’s track and field teams head to Huntington, W. Va. to compete in the Thundering Herd Invitational on Jan. 26-27.
THE FIELD: Tennessee State (M/W), Morehead State (M/W), Xavier (M/W), Winthrop (M/W), Charlotte (M/W), Wofford (M/W), Appalachian State (M/W), Saint Louis (M/W), Eastern Kentucky (M/W), Marshall (W), Austin Peay (W), Ohio (W), Bowling Green (W)
LAST TIME OUT: The Tigerbelles and Flying Tigers faced tough competition in Birmingham, Ala. at the Blazer Invitational on Jan. 12 and the Vulcan Invitational on Jan. 13. Cyra Beard’s fourth-place finish in the triple jump at the Blazer Invitational was the best for TSU’s women’s team on the weekend. Freshman R’Lazon Brumfield excelled in triple jump, taking second at the Blazer Invitational and fourth at the Vulcan Invitational.
IN THE NATION: So far this season, the Tigerbelles have posted a number of performances that rank among the best in the nation. Cyra Beard’s high jump mark of 1.75m (5’8.75”) is 32nd, and her triple jump mark of 12.61m (39’10.75”) is the 65th best. Others for the women that rank in the top 75 nationally are Grenetria Shell in the long jump (45th) and Mikayla Thompson in the shot put (75th). On the men’s side, R’Lazon Brumfield is 31st in the nation in the triple jump, while James Faison ranks 62nd in the 400m.
OVC AWARDS: TSU has earned four Ohio Valley Conference weekly awards this season. James Faison took home Track Athlete of the Week on Jan. 9 and Co-Track Athlete of the Week on Jan. 17. Earning Field Athlete of the Week awards this season were R’Lazon Brumfield (Jan. 9) and Cyra Beard (Jan. 9).
UP NEXT: TSU heads to Murfreesboro, Tenn. to compete in the MTSU Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 3.