DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --- Making her season debut, junior Kenyana Hampton (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished ninth overall to lift the Tennessee State women’s cross country team to a fifth-place finish at the Asics Embry-Riddle Classic on Saturday morning.
Hampton’s time of 20:02.13 bested 53 of the runners in the field in the women’s 5K on the day. As a team, the Tigerbelles earned fifth place with 113 points, finishing ahead of Edward Waters and Rollins.
TSU’s top finisher in the Belmont Opener two weeks ago, Christian Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) turned in the 31st best time on Saturday in 22:34.44. She was followed by her sister, Kayla Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) in 35th place by clocking in at 23:05.63.
The fourth and fifth-place finishers for TSU were Jasmir Spearman (Atlanta, Ga.) in 38th place (23:43.53) and Alexia King (Atlanta, Ga.) in 41st place (25:07.28).
Seton Hall posted the top score of the day with 34 points, while Florida College's Julie Johnson won the race in 19:01.46.
The Tigerbelles will compete at next weekend’s Austin Peay Cross Country Festival on Sept. 24 in Clarksville, Tenn.
Tennessee State Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice
“Kenyana (Hampton) did an awesome job with her top 10 finish. I think we need to keep putting in our mileage. As a team, I think we need to bring the whole team up to do a pack run and I think we’re going to be ok.”
- On how the team performed
“I think she’s one of the leaders on the team. With them knowing that she’s running well, I think that pushes everyone to do better.”
- On having Kenyana Hampton compete
9. Kenyana Hampton – 20:02.13
31. Christian Pryor – 22:34.44
35. Kayla Pryor – 23:05.63
38. Jasmir Spearman – 23:43.53
41. Alexia King – 25:07.28
59. Mikayla Banks – 29:04.24
1. Seton Hall – 34
2. Bethune-Cookman – 48
3. Florida Tech – 62
4. Embry-Riddle – 101
5. Tennessee State – 113
6. Edward Waters – 178
7. Rollins - 190