COLUMBIA, S.C. --- The Tennessee State women’s track and field team started the outdoor season on the right foot with a strong showing at the Weems Baskin Invitational at the University of South Carolina on Friday. The Tigerbelles turned in a number of personal records on day one.
Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) checked in with a third place finish in the long jump with a distance of 6.21m (20’4.5”). For the senior All-American, it is her best distance in the event outdoors. Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) also had a good showing in the long jump with an outdoor best of 5.61m (18’5”) for ninth on the day.
In the hammer throw, Hannah Alsup (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) finished with a personal-best distance of 44.48m (145’11”) to earn fourth place in the B Flight. She reached the mark on her first toss of the day. Her previous career best was 42.66m (139’11”) from last year’s Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational. Chy’enne LeNeair (Racine, Wisc.) had a strong performance in the hammer, placing sixth in the B Flight with a mark of 43.94m (144’2”) on her third attempt.
Gabrielle Younginer (McDonough, Ga.) took home sixth place in the long jump B Flight with a distance of 5.55m (18'2.5").
On the track, Mikayla Banks (Houston, Texas) won her heat in the 400m and earned sixth overall with a time of 58.11. It is Banks’ best outdoor time in the event. In the B Flight of the 100m, Tiffany Barnes (Atlanta, Ga.) secured third place by clocking in at 12.15.
Action at the Weems Baskin Invitational will conclude tomorrow.