Field events spotlight Tigerbelles in day one of OVC Championship
Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cookeville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigerbelles captured two medals, while qualifying for the finals in three events, in day one of the 2010 OVC Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Tucker Stadium on Friday.

Returning long jump champion, Martinique Guice, won her fifth OVC title, her fourth in the event, with a mark of 19' 08.25" (6.00m).

The jump was Guice's best of the season as she entered the championship ranked third on the conference's performance list this year. She now holds three outdoor and two indoor titles that consist of four long jump crowns and a 100m victory her freshman year.

Guice also qualified for the finals of the 100m in her first appearance in the event this season, running a time of 12.47 seconds.

In a thriller, Gabrielle Todd finished second in the high jump to championship host Tennessee Tech's Katherine Lynn. The event was decided by a jump-off that started at 5'08.

After both athletes were unable to clear the deciding height, the bar was then lowered. A second jump-off ensued after neither Todd or Lynn cleared the 5' 7 mark. The bar was again set to 5'06 (1.58m) with Lynn making the height after Todd's miss.

Also in the high jump, Daniecce Ward finished fourth splitting the points in a four-way tie at 5' 02.25" (1.58m).

On the track, TSU also qualified for the finals in the 800m and 400m hurdles. Kenisha Ladler recorded a career time, 1:03.42, to claim the fifth seed in the 400m hurdles running just one second shy of the fastest time of the day.

In the 800m, Jaleeca Jacobs posted her fastest mark to sneak into the finals with the eighth and final spot posting a time of 2:23.44.

The Tigerbelles currently sit in fifth place overall in the team standings with 21.5 points. Southeast Missouri leads with 72.5 points followed by Eastern Illinois (64), Tennessee Tech (47), and Austin Peay State (27.5).

The finals of the championship will begin on Saturday (5/1) with the women's hammer throw at 8 a.m. The 4x100-meter relay finals will kick-off the track events at 10 a.m.