BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The Tennessee State men's track and field teams finished fifth over the weekend at the 2004 Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championships. The Flying Tigers came away with 49 points behind two-time champion Eastern Illinois, Southeast Missouri State, Eastern Kentucky and host-Samford.
Senior Nick Horton fell just short of retaining his OVC Male Athlete of the Year title. He finished second in the 400m with a time of 46.52, just three-hundredths of a second behind Miles Smith of Southeast Missouri State. He also finished fifth overall in the 200m, after taking first in his preliminary heat with a time of 21.24.
Also coming away with top-five finishes in the running events were senior Jermie Harris, fifth in the 400m with a time of 48.49, freshman Evan Wimberly, fifth in the 1,500m with a time of 4:15.19, and sophomore Marcus Morris, fourth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.98. The Flying Tigers' 4x100 relay team was fourth overall crossing the finish line in 42.71 while the 4x400 relay team also took fourth with a time of 3:18.87.
In the field events, sophomore Franklin Rivers took sixth in the long jump with a mark of 6.77m while senior Antionne Ferrell was tied for seventh in the event with a distance of 6.71m. Ferrell also was sixth in the high jump with a measurement of 1.93m.
Several Flying Tigers set new season-bests over the weekend including, junior Marchellus Murphy in the 100m (11.44) and 200m (23.19), Horton in 400m (46.52), senior Joshua Love in the 800m (1:56.55), sophomore Ivra Warren in the 110m hurdles (15.67), and sophomore Quincy Wilkins in the 400m hurdles (57.53). In the 1,500m, all three participants (Wimberly, 4:15.19; Mark Lollis, 4:25.67; and Riley Walker, 5:02.70) set season bests.
Horton, who was named an All-OVC Second Team selection, will return to action later this month as he will travel south to compete in the NCAA Regionals hosted by Louisiana State on May 28-29.