BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Tennessee State track and field senior Clairwin Dameus (Boynton Beach, Fla.) had a career day at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships earning First Team All-America honors in the long jump and the pentathlon at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Friday. Dameus captured sixth in the long jump and eighth in the pentathlon on the day.
In the long jump, Dameus came up with a distance of 6.40m (21’0”) on her first attempt of the day. The distance was the second-best of her career and qualified her into the nine-person finals, earning three more attempts. Her second-best jump on the day came on her sixth and final attempt when she reached 6.37m (20'10.75"). Her original distance of 6.40m earned her sixth place overall.
Dameus earned eighth in the pentathlon with a personal record score of 4226, topping her previous career best of 4203 set at this year’s Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship. Throughout the five events that make up the pentathlon, Dameus set personal records in three of them.
She began the competition with a personal best in the 60m hurdles, clocking in at 8.29 to place fourth. Her time was 0.12 seconds faster than her previous best of 8.41 from this season’s Commodore Invitational.
After taking 14th in the high jump with a leap of 1.59m (5’2.5”), Dameus went on to set another personal record in the shot put. Her toss of 12.04m (39’6”) was good for 12th in the pentathlon field and bested her previous mark of 11.65m (38’2.75”) from the 2015 OVC Outdoor Championship.
Dameus made a major move in the standings thanks to her effort in the long jump. Finishing in second place with a distance of 6.36m (20’10.5”) it was Dameus’ second-best performance in the long jump in her career.
In the final event of the pentathlon, Dameus turned in a personal record time of 2:20.84 in the 800m, which earned 10th in the event. The best 800m time of Dameus’ career entering the day was 2:21.11 from this year’s OVC Indoor Championship.
For her efforts, Dameus picked up three team points in the long jump and one in the pentathlon becoming the first TSU student-athlete to score team points at the NCAA Division I Championships.
Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) will compete in the triple jump tomorrow. The event is scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m.
DAMEUS PENTATHLON RESULTS
60m Hurdles – 4th – 8.29 – 1064 points
High Jump – 14th – 1.59m (5’2.5”) – 724 points
Shot Put – 12th – 12.04m (39’6”) - 664 points
Long Jump – 2nd – 6.36m (20’10.5”) – 962 points
800m – 10th – 2:20.84 – 812 points
OVERALL – 8th – 4226 points
DAMEUS LONG JUMP RESULTS
1st attempt: 6.40m (21’0”)
2nd attempt: Foul
3rd attempt: Foul
4th attempt: 6.33m (20’9.25”)
5th attempt: Foul
6th attempt: 6.37m (20’10.75”)