Tigerbelles await competition at TSU Invite
Friday, February 5, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigerbelles will return to action after a two-week absence when they host the TSU Invite.

The home invitational will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, on the Wilma Rudolph Indoor Track inside the Gentry Center.

The meet will begin with the men's mile run and women's pole vault starting at 8 a.m. Track events will resume at 10:30 a.m. with the men's 55-meter hurdles prelim with a rolling schedule to follow.

The meet will host more than 700 competitors, which is the most number of participants ever to compete in an indoor meet at TSU.

The pool of teams include:  Alabama A&M (M&W), Alabama State (M&W), Alabama-Huntsville (M&W), Albany State (M&W), Austin Peay State (W), Clayton State (M&W), Lipscomb (M&W), Jacksonville State (W), Union (M&W), Fort Valley State (M&W), Bethel (M&W), Tennessee Tech (W), and Bevill State (W).

In their last time on the track at the SASF Invitational hosted by Southern Illinois (1/15-16), Martinique Guice moved to the top of the OVC with her best long jump performance of the season. She posted a jump of 5.52m (18'1.5") for ninth place overall. However, due to the dormant two-weeks, she currently ranks third in the conference.

Several other Tigerbelles captured season marks at the SASF Invitational with Jacarra Dennis and Gabrielle Todd finishing back-to-back in the 400-meter dash.

Dennis finished with a time of 59.20 seconds (11th) and captured another season best in the triple jump at 10.93m (11th). Todd followed next and was clocked at 59.27 seconds while running her fastest in the 200m (26.35 seconds).

Both would join teammates Pia Perez and Jaleeca Jacobs on the 4x400-meter relay team for fifth place overall. The team ran their fastest of the season at 4:01.50 (conv. 3:58.70) and now rank second in the conference.

Next, the Tigerbellles will compete in the Valentine Invitational hosted by Middle Tennessee State. The meet is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Murphy Center.