BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – In the final tune-up before the Ohio Valley Indoor Championship the Tennessee State women’s track and field team made some noise with a number of top finishes and personal records at the final day of the Samford Open at the CrossPlex on Saturday.
TSU’s 4x400m relay team of Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.), Clairwin Dameus (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Kayla Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) and Christian Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) captured the top time of the day in 3:41.92. The time is the best by an OVC team this season.
In the individual events, Hughes turned in the winning distance in the triple jump of 12.90m (42’4”) to set a new meet record for the event. Checking in at third place was Amber Townsend (Atlanta, Ga.) with a distance of 12.22m (40’1.25”).
In the 60m hurdles, Hughes was the top NCAA finisher with a time of 8.39.
Dameus came up with a distance of 5.92m (19’5.25”) on her third and fourth attempts of the long jump to earn second place on the day.
On her first toss of the day, Daimer Gordon (Ellenwood, Ga.) reached 16.58m (54’4.75”) in the weight throw, which was good for seventh. The distance was also a new personal record, besting her previous mark of 16.15m from the Commodore Invitational.
Angel Davis (Decateur, Ga.) captured sixth in the shot put when her final attempt sailed 13.21m (43’4.25”).
In other strong performances on the track, Christian Pryor finished in third place in the 800m with a time of 2:14.92, which was her best finish in the event on the season, and Kayla Pryor turned in a personal record time of 57.40 in the 400m. Raven Davis (Junction City, Kan.) finished one spot out of the finals of the 60m with a time of 7.74 in the prelims for her best time in a TSU uniform.
Next on the schedule, TSU hosts the OVC Indoor Championship at the Gentry Center on Feb. 26-27.