PHOTO GALLERY - BY SANDY KING (EIU ATHLETICS)
CHARLESTON, Ill. --- Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) and Daimer Gordon (Ellenwood, Ga.) won gold medals for Tennessee State on day one of the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship at Lantz Indoor Fieldhouse on Friday. Heading into the final day of action, the Tigerbelles are in second place with 38 team points, trailing just Eastern Illinois with 44 points.
Hughes, the OVC Track Athlete and OVC Field Athlete of the Year, earned the individual title in the long jump with a mark of 6.05m (19’10.25”). Gordon picked up a gold medal in the weight throw with a personal-record distance of 18.55m (60’10.5”). It is Gordon’s first career OVC medal.
Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) cleared the high jump bar at 1.67m (5’5.75”) on her first attempt to earn second place overall to take the silver medal. Beard also added a bronze medal in the long jump with a distance of 5.93m (19’5.5”). The medals are the third and fourth of Beard’s career.
Also on the day, Hughes broke the OVC Championship record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.29. The previous OVC Championship record was 8.41 set by LaDonna Caston of SIUE in 2015. Hughes will go for the gold medal tomorrow. She will be joined in the 60m hurdles final by fellow Tigerbelles Crystal Williams (Gainesville, Fla.), who finished third in the prelims in 8.57, and Maya Ramsey (Atlanta, Ga.), who took eighth in 8.79.
Hughes clocked in at 7.43 in the 60m to win the preliminary round to move onto the finals tomorrow, while also earning a berth in the finals of the 200m thanks to Friday’s fourth-place time of 24.91 in the prelims.
Raven Davis (Junction City, Kan.) secured the eighth and final spot in the finals of the 60m with a preliminary time of 7.65. Christian Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) ran the fourth-best time in the 800m on the day, clocking in at 2:16.45 in the prelims to qualify for tomorrow’s finals.
In the 400m, Kayla Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) and Alexia King (Atlanta, Ga.) advanced to Saturday’s final thanks to their performances on Friday. Pryor ran a time of 57.48 to take fourth with King taking sixth in 58.10.
Gabrielle Younginer (McDonough, Ga.) picked up one point in the long jump with an eighth-place finish of 5.72m (18’8.25”) with Beard adding two more in the pentathlon in seventh place with 2,970 points.
The OVC Championship concludes tomorrow in Charleston, Ill.
DAY 1 TSU POINT SCORERS
1st – Amber Hughes – 6.05m (19’10.25”) – 10 points
3rd – Cyra Beard – 5.93m (19’5.5”) – 6 points
8th – Gabrielle Younginer - 5.72m (18’8.25”) – 1 point
1st – Daimer Gordon – 18.55m (60’10.5”) – 10 points
7th – Cyra Beard – 2,970 – 2 points
2nd – Cyra Beard – 1.67m (5’5.75”) – 8 points
Distance Medley Relay
8th – 13:04.58 - 1 point