Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational
Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium | Myrtle Beach, S.C.
STARTING LINE: The Tennessee State men’s and women’s track and field teams open the outdoor season with the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
THE FIELD: Among the schools in the field are the host Coastal Carolina, American, UNC Wilmington, Hampton, Colgate, Manhattan, Mount St. Mary’s, North Dakota, Albany and Maryland Eastern Shore, among others.
LAST TIME OUT: Both the men’s and women’s teams placed fifth at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship in late February. For the Tigerbelles, Mikayla Thompson (shot put), Cyra Beard (high jump) and Grenetria Shell (pentathlon) secured silver medals. The men’s team won a number of golds including two apiece from R’Lazon Brumfield (long jump and triple jump) and James Faison (200m and 400m), to go with a gold in the 60m hurdles from Jemarruse Amos and the 4x400m relay team of Faison, Jontue McDowell, Isaiah Olige and Jamario Scott.
INDOOR AWARDS: TSU won a number of awards from the Ohio Valley Conference during the indoor season. On the men’s side, James Faison, who was a three-time OVC Track Athlete of the Week, won OVC Track Athlete of the Year. For his performance at the OVC Indoor Championship, Faison was named Athlete of the Championship. R’Lazon Brumfield was also honored with three OVC Field Athlete of the Week awards in addition to taking home OVC Freshman of the Year and OVC Co-Field Athlete of the Year. For the women, Cyra Beard won OVC Field Athlete of the Week once, while Angel Horton, the OVC Freshman of the Year, secured Field Athlete of the Week twice.
OUTDOOR SCHEDULE: TSU will compete in five outdoor meets before the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championship scheduled for May 10-12 in Cookeville, Tenn. A total of three of TSU’s outdoor meets are in the state of Tennessee (Austin Peay Invitational – Clarksville; Memphis Invitational – Memphis; OVC Outdoor Championship – Cookeville).
TSU Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice
“We’re in a growing season, I believe. We’re going to have some nuggets here and there that are going to perform, but overall as a team, we’re not quite there. When I got back from England (for the IAAF World Indoor Championship), I had each student-athlete come in and do a five-minute talk. I wanted to know, ‘what’s your plan for outdoors?’ I wrote it down, I wrote the time down and just put a stamp on it saying, at this time, you’re committing to doing this outdoors. Some of them had good goals and some not so sure, but we’re going to work on it. If they meet their goals, then that’s going to be a success for the team.”
- On opening the outdoor season
“We’re gearing up to go to the outdoor season. It’s really hard to coach and recruit, so we have to stay focused on the track and try to get out and recruit. We’ve just got to make sure our young people are focused, staying positive and doing what they need to do in the classroom and on the track.”
- On goals for the outdoor season