Times improve for Tigerbelles at Weems Baskin Invitational
Sunday, March 28, 2010

Columbia, S.C. - In one of the largest and highly recognized track and field meets in the Southeast, several members of the Tennessee State University women's track and field team posted season and career marks on Saturday at the Weems Baskin Invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina.

Freshman, Gabrielle Todd, won the second section of the 400-meter dash with a career best time of 57.52 seconds.

The result lifted Todd to a fifth-place finish overall in the event against a pool of competitors that featured notable athletes from the SEC and Big East conferences. Todd leaps to the top of the OVC performance list in the 400-meter dash while registering her fastest time in the 200m at 25.72 seconds.

In the 4x400-meter relay, Todd joined Kya Riley, Daniell Exum, and Pia Perez, finishing second in section two with a time 3:57.70, trimming tenths of second from last week's mark for their best performance on the season.

In the field events, Ebonie Jackson posted the third best throw in the second flight of the shot put with a toss of 10.95m (35'11.25) in her first appearance of the outdoor season.

Other Tigerbelles to record season and career marks on the day included: Caylon Petway (100m - 12.77 seconds, 200m - 26.14 seconds), Perez (200m - 25.88 seconds, 400m - 59.77 seconds), Exum (200m - 26.01 seconds), Carolyn Petway (200m - 26.07 seconds), Kya Riley (400m - 59.86 seconds) and DeRonda Newson (Long Jump - 17' 1.5", Triple Jump - 35' 4").

Next up, the Tigerbelles will take the week off before competing on their home track during the Boston-Moon Classic on April 10. The meet will be held on the Edward S. Temple Track Complex in Nashville on the campus of Tennessee State University.