Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigerbelles will host the 10th Annual Ed Temple Indoor Track and Field Classic on Sunday, Jan. 10, on the Wilma Rudolph Indoor Track inside the Gentry Center.
The competition honors former and legendary TSU Tigerbelles head coach Ed Temple.
Temple is Tennessee's most honored and accomplished track and field coach. His famous Tigerbelles won twenty-three gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals, thirty-four national team titles, and thirty medals in the Pan American Games. Temple also recently received an honorary degree from TSU during the 2009 graduation commencement ceremony.
The race and field events are scheduled to begin with the mile run and high jump at 8 a.m. The running events will resume following the opening ceremony before the start of the 55m hurdle prelims at 10:30 a.m. The meet will then move to a rolling schedule per event.
With more than 300 competitors entered, the pool of men and women club and Division I teams include: Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Chatt.Jet TC, Clarksville Elite, Florida A&M M, Lipscomb Men & Women, Middle Tennessee State Men, Protime-Training and Savannah State.
The Tigerbelles sparked the indoor season at the MTSU Christmas Invitational on Dec. 12, 2009 and were highlighted by a second place finish by senior Jacarra Dennis.
Dennis finished with a time of 59.42 seconds and also competed in the triple jump posting a fourth place mark of 34-11 (10.66m).
The Tigerbelles captured third place in several events including the 4x400-meter relay, the triple jump and 800-meter run. The 4x400-meter relay team of Dennis, Kya Riley, Pia Perez and Jaleeca Jacobs ran a time of 4:00.47.
Jal. Jacobs also grabbed third in the 800-meter with a 2:30.81 clocking with Martinique Guice finishing third in the triple jump (11.12m) and fourth in the long jump (5.42m).
Guice returns after finishing the 2009 outdoor regular season undefeated in the long jump capturing the title in the OVC Outdoor and Indoor Track and Field Championships. She was also the OVC 100-meter champion her freshman year.
Riley made her freshman debut with a time 26.44 seconds in the 200-meter dash for fourth overall followed by fifth place in the 400-meter dash (1:00.62).
Up next, the Tigerbelles will move on to the Southern Illinois SASF Invitational in Carbondale, Ill. on Jan. 15.