TSU Hosts 7th Annual Boston-Moon Classic
Friday, April 10, 2009



TSU Hosts 7th Annual Boston-Moon Classic

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Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men’s track and field team will host the 7th Annual Boston-Moon Classic on April 10 – 11, 2009 at the Ed Temple Track on the campus of TSU in Nashville, Tenn.

The two-day meet, featuring high school and collegiate divisions, will begin on Friday, April 10th, starting with the high school shot put at 2 p.m. The first high school running event, 4x800-meter relay, will begin at 2:30 p.m. The high school competition will conclude with several finals in the running events on Saturday. The collegiate division will start on Saturday, April 11th, with the hammer throw slated for a 10 a.m. start. The women’s steeple chase will start the running events at 12 p.m. with a rolling schedule to follow.

More than 14 collegiate teams are scheduled to compete including: Alabama A&M, Vanderbilt, Belmont, Bethel College, Grand Valley State, Lane College, Middle Tennessee State, Morehouse College, Rust College, Sewanee-Univ. of the South, Tennessee Tech, Western Kentucky and UT Chattanooga among others.

The meet is named after highly decorated TSU men’s track and field legends and U.S. Olympians, Ralph Boston and John Moon. Both were inducted to several state and national halls of fame.

Boston was a world record holder in the long jump (1960-62, 1964-67) breaking Jesse Owens’ 25-year mark. He garnered the gold medal (1960 – Rome), silver medal (1964 - Tokyo) and bronze medal (1968 – Mexico City) in the long jump in three consecutive Olympic Games. He also won two gold medals at the Pan American Games (1963, 1967), in addition to four AAU Championships and one NCAA Championship. He serves as the meet’s head official.

Moon is one of the top sprinters in TSU history. While at TSU, he won the NAIA and placed third in the NCAA Championships. His time of 9.3 in the 100-yard dash in 1960 tied the world record. At the National AAU Championships in 1963, Moon finished second. He also ran a time of 20.3 in the 220-yard dash and 46.2 in the quarter-mile. He was elected to Tennessee State’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. He is currently the head track and field coach at Seton Hall.