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Owens, Harris Set Pace for TSU at TTU Invite
Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cookeville, Tenn. - Jonathan Owens and Tiffany Harris set season-best times and led the Tennessee State University men's and women's cross country teams at the TTU Invitational on Friday afternoon in Cookeville.

The Tigerbelles placed fifth overall with 125 points in the 5K race, while the Flying Tigers earned third with 81 team points in the 8K event. OVC-foe Jacksonville State swept the meet, winning both races.

For the Flying Tigers, Owens captured his first top-finish for TSU this season. The senior set a season-best 29:41.39 in the 8K, earning 11th overall. Meanwhile, Chris Hobbs paced a run of 30:34.64 for 17th place.

Three Flying Tigers finished next to each other with Bryan Herrera clocking a run of 31:34.66 for 19th overall. Fellow freshman Desmond Trice finished right behind with a time of 31:47.69 (20th). Donnie Johnson placed 21st with a pace of 31:48.38.

Rounding out the final three for TSU was Jamil Jackson (32:07.05, 23rd), Adrian McDaniel (32:58.20, 25th) and Jahleel Michael (33:39.39, 26th).

Harris, a native of Birmingham, Ala., earned the best Tigerbelles time with a run of 22:29.11 to earn 22nd overall.

Charita Harris and Gabrielle Todd followed with finishes of 22:52.30 (28th) and 24:12.55 (31st), respectively.

Freshman Leah Carr notched a time 25:22.96 (33rd), as Kya Riley placed 37th overall with a mark of 26:40.51. Ashontae Jackson rounded out the Tigerbelles scoring with a 38th place finish in 27:03.03.

Tennessee State returns to action next Friday, Oct. 7 for the Thorobred Stampede hosted by Kentucky State University. The race is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Frankfort, Ky.

Tiffany Harris - 22:29.11 (22nd)
Charita Harris - 22:52.30 (28th)
Gabrielle Todd - 24:12.55 (31st)
Leah Carr - 25:22.96 (33rd)
Kya Riley - 26:40.51 (37th)
Ashontae Jackson - 27:03.03 (38th)

1) Jacksonville State - 27 points
2) Tennessee Tech - 49 points
3) UT-Chattanooga - 50 points
4) Alabama A&M - 113 points
5) Tennessee State - 125 points

Jonathan Owens - 29:41.39 (11th)
Chris Hobbs - 30:34.64 (17th)
Bryan Herrera - 31:34.66 (19th)
Desmond Trice - 31:47.69 (20th)
Donnie Johnson - 31:48.38 (21st)
Jamil Jackson - 32:07.05 (23rd)
Adrian McDaniel - 32:58.20 (25th)
Jahleel Michael - 33:39.39 (26th)

1) Jacksonville State - 25 points
2) Tennessee Tech - 33 points
3) Tennessee State - 81 points