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Wednesday, February 26, 2003
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men's track team will look to continue its progress when the Tigers travel to Eastern Illinois for the 2003 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Tigers have shown steady progress during the course of the season and coach Kelly Carter hopes his team will make a move up the standings at this year's event. ?The guys have worked hard and made progress,? said Carter. ?We have come together in a lot of ways and look forward to seeing us compete and have good performances at the championships.? The Tigers hold down the top spot in the 55-meter dash, with former Tiger football player turning in a 6.47 time in team's last outing on Feb. 15 while Pedro Barnes turned in a 6.53 on Jan. 12. The Tigers posted second place finishes in five other events. Michael Smith ran the 55-meter hurdles in 7.57 seconds, only one-tenth of a second off the league best, Patrick Robinson covered the 400-meters in 49.14 seconds, while the 1,600-meter relay team is expected to challenge in its event after running a time of 3:18.10. In the long and triple jump, Scott Cunningham (23 feet 8.5 inches) and Ande Durojaye (47.06.00) are each expected to compete for individual titles. The championships get underway Friday afternoon. The meet resumes Saturday at 11 a.m. and will conclude with the 1,600-meter relay Saturday afternoon.