Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men and women's track and field teams will head to Richmond, Ky. to compete in the 2009 Ohio Valley Conference Track and Field Championship. The meet will be hosted by Eastern Kentucky on May 1-2 at the Tom Samuels Track.
The championship will begin with the men's high jump on Friday (5/1) at 2 p.m. with the first running event, men's 3, 000-meter steeplechase, slated for a 3:15 p.m. start time. Prelims will be held in the women's 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, 200, 400, and 800-meter run.
On Saturday (5/2), day two will begin with the women's triple jump at 9 a.m. followed by the men's 4x100-meter relay at 10 a.m. to jump start the running events. Finals events from the previous day's prelims will be held Saturday with the award ceremony to conclude the championship.
The Tigerbelles will look to defend their 2008 outdoor title after finishing fourth in the 2009 indoor championship. The Tigerbelles are led by sophomore Martinique Guice and senior Lanika Horn who are listed in top tier of the OVC Best List in several events.
Guice enters the 2009 championship undefeated in the long jump posting an OVC best with a mark of 19'04.00". She currently ranks third in the triple jump (37'08.00") and sits in the eighth spot, less than one second away from the fastest time, in the 100-meter dash (12.21).
Guice is the reigning 100-meter dash champion, winning the event in last year's championship with a time of 12.14 seconds.
Horn ranks fifth in the triple jump (37'03.50") and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.53). Junior Ashley Anderson has improved throughout the season and is currently fourth in the long jump (18'07.25") with senior Rahab Kagaruki holding the seventh fastest time in the conference in the 800-meter run.
In the throwing events, senior Kathy Onwu and sophmore Tanesha Campbell has placed in the top three in their events on the season. Onwu ranks fifth in the discus (139'04.50") with Campbell sitting in the sixth spot in the shot put (44'04.50"). Onwu has won the shot put in her last two competitions.
In the relays, the Tigerbelles sit in the middle of the pack in both the 4x100-meter and 4x400 meter relays. The Tigerbelles will look to hold their reign in the 4x400-meter relay winnning the event three consecutive years including seven of the last eight.
For the Flying Tigers, the jumping events have been the spotlight of the team this season. TSU goes into the conference championship holding the top-three jumps in the OVC. The Flying Tigers finished third overall in last season's championship.
Sophomore Trenton Britt posts the best jump with a mark of 48'00.00" while freshman Adrien Hill has improved during the season holding the second spot on the OVC list at 46'10.25". The third mark is held by sophomore Xavier Walton who jumped a season best last week with a jump of 45'10.75".
Walton also ranks second in the long jump posting his best mark of the season at the WKU Invitational at 23'05.25". Ranking third is Darreal Beal's 23'05.25". Beal was the runner-up in the OVC 2008 Indoor Championship.
In the running events, the Tigers' 3:15.12 in the 4x400-meter relay team holds the second fastest time in the OVC.
Freshmen Nathaniel Moore and Michael Rideout sit in the top ten on the OVC Best List in the 400-meter dash. Moore (48.54) and Rideout (48.62) posted their fastest times at the War Eagle Invitational hosted by Auburn.