Wednesday, January 4, 2006
NASHVILLE --- The Fifth Annual Edward S. Temple Indoor Track and Field Invitational will be hosted by Tennessee State University Sunday (Jan. 9) in the Gentry Center. Competition for the female and male athletes will begin Sunday at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day. The running events will be held on the five-lane Wilma Rudolph Track and the field events will be held on the floor level of the center. This year's event is expected to surpass last year's field of more than 800 student-athletes and unattached participants. Along with host Tennessee State, collegiate teams committed to compete include Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Belmont, Clafin, Clayton State, Fisk, Florida A&M, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State, Morehouse, Lipscomb, Savannah State, and Southern. Five track clubs and many unattached athletes will also compete. The meet is named in honor of the legendary TSU Tigerbelle and three-time United State Olympic team coach, Ed Temple. Temple coached track for 44 years at TSU and 29 of his Tigerbelle athletes captured medals in Olympic Games from 1952-84. The morning competition will start with the field events, mile run, and 4x200 relay. The majority of the running events will begin at 12:30 p.m. with 55-meter hurdles, 55-meter dash, and the distant medley relay. The final event of the day will be the 4x400 relay. There is no admission charge. The TSU men's and women's teams have been on campus training for the event. The meet will be the team's first competition of the indoor season since the team's competed at the Middle Tennessee Christmas Invitational at the conclusion of fall semester.