NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tigerbelles will look to build on the success of their performance in their own Ed Temple Classic when they travel to the Middle Tennessee Invitational this weekend.
The Tigerbelles captured eight first place finishes in the Temple Classic, which was being held for the fourth consecutive year. Tigerbelle coach Chandra Cheeseborough says the meet was a good showing for her team.
?It was a good meet to build upon and we hope to better our times each time we compete,? said the Tigerbelles' coach. ?We are looking forward to going to Murfreesboro and a key for our progress will be staying free of injuries.?
The trip to Murfreesboro will come a week before the Tigerbelles host another meet, the Second Annual TSU Invite to be held Feb. 2 in the Gentry Center. The first meet drew more than 500 athletes and a large turnout is again expected for another Sunday of busy activity.
In the Temple Classic, athletes from 15 schools competed and the Tigerbelles were scored in a quad meet with four of the teams. TSU finished first with a score of 202.5, followed by Southwestern Athletic Conference members Southern 107, Grambling State, 52, and Jackson State 44.5.
The Tigerbelles swept the 400-meter dash, capturing the top six spots. Crystal Ewell led the Tigerbelle contingent with a time of 57.57 seconds, followed by Rebekah Robinson (59.25), Sharay Stanton 1:01.24, Annice Spencer 1:01.37, Margertha McLean 1:02.29, and Valencia Martin 1:02.37.
Monique Demmons and Mercy Udoji, took the first two spots in the 800-meter finals with times of 2:22.10 and 2:22.38, respectively.
Kristen Bennett ran the 3,000-meter run in a time of 11:37.80 to take first place. Juanita Thomas was third with a time of 11:50.0 and Rae'ven Richards was fourth with a time of 12:14.0.
The Tigerbelles won first place in the 4x200 (1:44.32), 4x400 (3:56.36), and distance medley relay (13:38.79).
In the field events, Kenitra Woods won the shot put with a best throw of 42 feet, 11 inches. Shanique Hector won the long jump with a best jump of 18 fee 9 inches. Martin was third with 18-7. Quina Smith was third in the triple jump at 37:09.5.