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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Clairwin Dameus (Boynton Beach, Fla.) broke Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship records for the pentathlon and long jump to lead the Tennessee State women’s track and field team on day one on Friday at the Gentry Center. Through six scored events, the Tigerbelles are sitting in third place with 38 points.
The morning session belonged to Dameus, who set a new OVC Indoor Championship record in the pentathlon with a personal record score of 4203. Her score, which is good for 10th in the nation this season, tops the old OVC Indoor Championship record of 3856 set by Dameus at last year’s event.
Dameus also took down the OVC Indoor Championship record for the long jump with a distance of 6.44m (21’1.5”) as part of the pentathlon. The mark was also a personal best for the senior and ranks her seventh in the nation. During pentathlon competition, Dameus also won the 55m hurdles (7.79) and 800m (2:21.11).
Dameus would go on to win another individual title, placing first in the long jump by reaching 6.34m on her first attempt.
Sharmill Whyatt (Vilseck, Germany) took home a bronze medal in the high jump with her third place leap to clear 1.71m, tying a personal best.
In the weight throw, Angel Davis (Decateur, Ga.) and Kalia Burks (Hinesville, Ga.) picked up points for the Tigerbelles. Davis placed fourth with a distance of 16.96m, while Burks was sixth with a mark of 16.46m.
Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) also picked up two points for TSU with a seventh-place finish in the pentathlon with a score of 3224.
Amber Townsend (Atlanta, Ga.) added another point for the Tigerbelles in the long jump with an eighth-place finish (5.61m).
Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) clocked in first in the prelims of the 200m in 24.26 to advance to the finals. The Tigerbelles have set themselves up to score major points in the 55m hurdles by advancing three to the finals. Hughes was once again the top finisher on the day with a 7.71 finish followed by Dameus in second (7.74) and Crystal Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) in fourth (7.88) in the prelims.
Dameus and Hughes also had the top times in the prelims of the 55m. Dameus posted the best time of the afternoon in 6.92, while Hughes ran a 6.93 time in a separate heat.
Christian Pryor (Detroit, Mich.) is still in contention in the 800m after taking sixth in the prelims on Friday with a time of 2:15.58.
In team scoring, Eastern Illinois is in first with 44 points, followed closely by Eastern Kentucky in second with 41 points. TSU is in third with Murray State (25 points) rounding out the top five.
The Championship concludes tomorrow.