CHARLESTON, Ill. --- Champions, again. The Tennessee State women's track team claimed its second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship over the weekend.
The Tigerbelles finished with 139.5 points, slipping past first-day leader Southeast Missouri's 136 total points. Eastern Kentucky was a close third with 130 points, followed by Eastern Illinois 117, Austin Peay 32, Murray State 29.5, Morehead State 28, Tennessee-Martin 13, and Tennessee Tech 8.
TSU came back strong in the final day of competition. The Tigerbelles took a total of six first place finishes and displayed in outstanding depth to score points in several events.
Tigerbelle head coach Chandra Cheeseborough was named the 2003 OVC Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. It was the second straight honor for the TSU head coach.
Junior sprinter Leslie Leary took first place finishes in the 60-meter dash (7.55 seconds), 220-meter dash (24.67) and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 team that ran a 3:47.55. Leary was one of three athletes to be named ?Co-Athlete of the Meet.?
Crystal Ewell won the 400-meter with a time of 55.44 seconds. OVC scholar-athlete Mercy Udoji finished a close second in the 800-meter with a 2:13.39, just behind the winning time of Southeast's Brooke Woodruff's 2:13.00.
Ashley Byrd came through with the win in the triple jump with a best 38 feet, 4.25 inches. Valencia Martin also claimed top honors in the high jump with a 5.05.75. Tigerbelle graduate student Kenitra Woods took second place honors in the shot put with a best throw of 46 feet, 9.50 inches.
The meet was held in the Lantz Arena Fieldhouse on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.
OVC Indoor Track & Field Championship Results