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Thursday, February 13, 2003
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tigerbelles left a lasting impression after its appearance in the Inaugural Historically Black Colleges Invitational last weekend in Landover, Maryland. Credited as ?the pioneers of women's track and field," head coach Chandra Cheeseborough's team got off to a fast start in the meet by winning the distance medley relay with a time of 12:35.14. The Tigerbelles posted several season bests of the indoor season at the meet that attracted 20 HBCU's from across the country. The meet was held at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. Tigerbelle Mercy Udoji rolled to the win in the 800-mter run in a time of 2:15.31, more than six seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Crystal Ewell took second place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.58, just one-tenth of a second of her fastest time of the season. In addition to winning the distance medley, the 4x400 team won first best with its season-best of 3:45.23. The team also had several strong performances in the field events. Shaniqua Hector won the pole vault with 9-00. Ashley Byrd took second place honors in the long jump at 37.11.25. Kenitra Woods was second in the shot put (45-01.50) and third in the weight throw (34-05.50). The Tigerbelles will continue their preparation for their defense of the Ohio Valley Conference championship with a trip to the Middle Tennessee Invitational this weekend.