OVC Indoor Track and Field Championship up next for TSU
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
OVC Indoor Track and Field Championship up next for TSU

Feb. 23-24
Lantz Indoor Field House | Charleston, Ill. 


STARTING LINE: The Tennessee State men’s and women’s track and field teams head to Charleston, Ill. for the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship at Lantz Indoor Fieldhouse on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

THE FIELD: Tennessee State (M/W), Austin Peay (W), Belmont (M/W), Eastern Illinois (M/W), Eastern Kentucky (M/W), Jacksonville State (W), Morehead State (W), Murray State (W), Southeast Missouri (M/W), SIUE (M/W), Tennessee Tech (W), UT Martin (M/W)

LAST TIME OUT: TSU wrapped up the indoor regular season at the Hoosier Hills on Feb. 9. The top individual performances for the men’s team came from R’Lazon Brumfield (Triple Jump) and James Faison (400m), who picked up second-place finishes. For the women, Mikayla Banks took first in the open 400m with freshmen Angel Horton and Jalyn Bowen taking second in the triple jump and high jump, respectively.

AT LAST YEAR’S EVENT: The Flying Tigers tied for second place at last year’s OVC Indoor Championship. Returning medal winners include Jemarruse Amos, who took second in the 60m hurdles, as well as James Faison and Isaiah Olige, who helped TSU’s 4x400m relay team earn second place. The Tigerbelles also return three medal winners from last year’s third-place team. Daimer Gordon is the reigning OVC Champion in the weight throw. Christian Pryor took home the silver medal in the 800m and was part of the 4x400m relay team that placed second. Cyra Beard secured second in the high jump and third in the long jump at last year’s event.

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: The Tigerbelles have won a total of six OVC indoor championships (2002, 2003, 2008, 2014, 2016). On the men’s side, the Flying Tigers are looking for their first OVC team title.

RANKINGS IN THE OVC: TSU student-athletes rank in the top five in the OVC in a number of events. 


  • 4x400m Relay – 3rd – Christian Pryor, Alexia King, Mikayla Banks, Grenetria Shell – 3:53.89
  • High Jump – 2nd – Cyra Beard – 1.75m (5’8.75”)
  • Long Jump – 1st – Grenetria Shell – 5.97m (19’7”)
  • Long Jump – 5th – Cyra Beard – 5.74m (18’10”)
  • Triple Jump – 1st – Angel Horton – 12.34m (40’6”)
  • Triple Jump – 2nd – Cyra Beard – 12.16m (39’10.75”)
  • Triple Jump – 5th – Brejhe’ Halls – 11.86m (38’11”)
  • Shot Put – 2nd – Mikayla Thompson – 14.82m (48’7.5”)
  • Weight Throw – 3rd – Daimer Gorgon – 18.20m (59’8.5”)
  • Weight Throw – 5th – Amani Taylor – 17.56m (57’7.5”)
  • Indoor Pentathlon – 2nd – Grenetria Shell – 3,513 Points


  • 60m – 4th – James Faison – 6.88
  • 200m – 1st – James Faison – 21.41
  • 400m – 1st – James Faison – 48.07
  • 400m – 4th – Isaiah Olige – 49.29
  • 400m – 5th – Christopher Givens – 49.31
  • 800m – 3rd – Thomas Mosley – 1:53.30
  • 60m Hurdles – 1st – Isaiah Olige – 8.13
  • 60m Hurdles – 2nd – Jemarruse Amos – 8.14
  • 4x400m Relay – 1st – Faison, Olige, McDowell, Mosley - 3.17.75
  • Distance Medley – 5th – Abdul, Scott, Irby Jr., McNary – 11:03.72
  • Long Jump – 1st – R’Lazon Brumfield – 7.22m (23’8.25”)
  • Triple Jump – 1st – R’Lazon Brumfield – 15.31m (50’2.75”)


OVC WEEKLY AWARDS: TSU has won a total of nine Ohio Valley Conference weekly awards this indoor season. 


  • Jan. 9 – Cyra Beard – Field Athlete of the Week
  • Feb. 7 – Angel Horton – Field Athlete of the Week
  • Feb. 14 – Angel Horton – Co-Field Athlete of the Week


  • Jan. 9 – James Faison – Track Athlete of the Week
  • Jan. 9 – R’Lazon Brumfield – Field Athlete of the Week
  • Jan. 17 – James Faison – Co-Track Athlete of the Week
  • Jan. 31 – James Faison – Co-Track Athlete of the Week
  • Jan. 31 – R’Lazon Brumfield – Co-Field Athlete of the Week
  • Feb. 7 – R’Lazon Brumfield – Field Athlete of the Week


Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice

“It’s an exciting time with the OVC Championship here. On the men’s side, I think we have a good chance of finishing maybe second or third if not winning it. The men will buckle down and turn in some good performances. I think we can do really well on the men’s side. On the women’s side, we’re young and we’ve just got to get some more developmental people in.”
- Thoughts on heading into the OVC Indoor Championship

“It’s very important. Next year, you’re going to come back, and not even next year – this year we have the (OVC) Outdoor Championship. Just to feel like, OK I’ve got one under my belt. I know what to expect, so that’s the experience we want to give them.”
- On gaining experience

“I think we’re in a good place. We’re just trying to get there and get it done.”
- On how the team feels heading into the OVC Indoor Championship