TALLAHASSSEE, Fla. – The Tennessee State women’s cross country team returned to action after a two break from competition. The Tigerbelles used the rest and training to place second at the FAMU Bobby Lang Invitational on Saturday morning.
TSU totaled 50 points, second only to Florida A&M with 15, in the 5K event. Kenyana Hampton came across the line as the Tigerbelles top finisher in a time of 19:07, cutting over a minute and a half from her top time in the season opener.
“Kenyana ran a good race,” head coach Chandra Cheeseborough said. “Before the meet she tweaked her ankle and we thought she was going to see she couldn’t run. But she taped it up and went out and set a personal record. It was a big drop for her.”
Christian Pryor tripped the clock at 20:38 ahead of her twin sister, Kayla, at 21:03. Christian Pryor bettered her early season time by just less than three minutes, while Kayla Pryor was close to two and a half minutes faster.
Jasmir Spearman, Diera Taylor and India Smith made it a clean sweep of Tigerbelles recording season bests. Taylor (21:54) and Smith (24:03) each better their times by three and a half minutes, while Spearman (21:21) cut three minutes.
“As a team, today went well for us,” said Cheeseborough. “We have a big meet in Louisville ahead of us and I think it will help us prepare for the OVC’s. I feel we will do better than we have done in a while.”
TSU will run on Oct. 3 at the Greater Louisville Classic for its last meet before competing at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships in Murray, Ky. on Oct. 31.
Kenyana Hampton 19:07
Christian Pryor 20:38
Kayla Pryor 21:03
Jasmir Spearman 21:21
Amber Hughes 21:48
Diera Taylor 21:54
Alexia King 22:51
India Smith 24:03