Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigerbelles will host the 11th Annual Ed Temple Indoor Track and Field Classic on Saturday, Jan. 8, 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 State'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. The running and field events are scheduled to begin with the mile run and high jump at 8 a.m.
The running events will resume at 10:30 a.m. with the women's 55m hurdles. The meet will then move to a rolling schedule per event with a two-heat final in the 55m hurdles and dash.
With more than 300 competitors entered, the pool of men and women teams include: Alabama A&M, Florida A&M (F) Lipscomb, Middle Tennessee State, Savannah State, Southern, Troy (F) Western Kentucky.
The Tigerbelles opened the indoor season at the Middle Tennessee State Christmas Invitational in December. Ashley Taylor and Gabrielle Todd were the center of the team's overall performance finishing first and third in the 400m.
Taylor clocked in at 57.60 seconds to win the event with Todd finishing in third with a time of 58.06.
The duo joined Kya Riley and Daniell Exum on the 4x400m relay for another first-place finish to close out the meet. The quartet ran a time of 3:56.15. RECAP...
The Tigerbelles have shown they are comfortable at home on the Wilma Rudolph Indoor Track. At last year's ETC, Todd finished second in the 400m to lead all individual performances with a time of 59.83 seconds while several T-Belles notching fourth place finishes. RECAP...
Up next, the Tigerbelles will move on to the Southern Illinois' Saluki Open in Carbondale, Ill. from Jan. 14-15.