NASHVILLE --- ?Tigerbelle Day? honored the Tennessee State University women's track team for its latest accomplishment, the 2003 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship. The day included a parade from Hadley Park to the steps of the McWherter Administration Building where several speakers recognized the team for its second consecutive OVC crown.
More than 40 Tigerbelles were escorted down Merritt Ave., along with Coach Chandra Cheeseborough, who received her second consecutive OVC Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year honors, and her fourth overall OVC coaching award.
After the team arrived on campus, TSU athletics director Teresa Phillips welcomed the Tigerbelles and those in attendance and made remarks. Also making remarks during the ceremony were TSU president, Dr. James A. Hefner, legendary TSU and Olympic coach Ed Temple, Coach Cheeseborough, and TSU administrator and Nashville vice-mayor, Howard Gentry, Jr.
The Tigerbelles are in the middle of the outdoor season. The team's next meet will be the TSU Boston-Moon Classic set for Saturday, April 12 at the Ed Temple track. The Tigerbelles will be aiming for their third straight outdoor title when TSU hosts the 2003 OVC Championships in May.
TIGERBELLES QUALIFY FOR NCAA REGIONALS
The Tennessee State Tigerbelles have already qualified for the NCAA Regional Meet in three events and Tigerbelles coach Chandra Cheeseborough is hoping to land more athletes in the event to be held this year at Ohio State University.
The TSU athletes already securing spots in the regional are junior sprinter Leslie Leary in the 400-meter dash, senior Valencia Martin in the high jump, and the 4x400 relay team of Leslie Leary, Monique Demmons, Rebecca Robinson, and Mercy Udoji. Regular relay team member Crystal Ewell did not participate with the team at the Florida Relays.
Leary ran the 400-meters in 54.35 seconds, while the relay team recorded a time of 3:41.38. Martin had a jump of 5 feet, 8 inches to make her qualification.
The Tigerbelles hope to add athletes in as many as four other events during the course of the outdoor season.
TSU TO HOST HIGH SCHOOL CARNIVAL MEET
The Tigerbelles will host the Tennessee State High School Relay Carnival, Friday, April 11 at the Ed Temple Track.
?We are looking forward to hosting this event,? said TSU coach Chandra Cheeseborough. ?We have some outstanding teams from the area coming to campus and we hope to expand the event in the coming years.?
Ten schools with boys and girls teams from Nashville, Clarksville and Murfreesboro are expected to gather for the event. The meet starts at 3 p.m.