CHARLESTON, Ill. --- The two-time defending champion Tennessee State University women's track and field team ended the first day of competition at the 2004 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships in fourth-place, picking up 23.25 points. Southeast Missouri State holds the top spot with 42 points with Eastern Kentucky in second place with 38 points. Eastern Illinois took third with 31 points.
The Tigerbelles saw their first champion crowned in junior Shaniqua Hector (Ocala, Fla.). She took the gold in the long jump with a measurement of 5.73m (18-09.75), the farthest in the OVC all season. In the other field events, sophomore Scherrie Jackson (Riverdale, Ga.) finished fourth in the high jump with a measurement of 1.58m (5-02.25) while rookie Latoria Swindell (Nashville, Tenn.) finished ninth in the 20 lb. weight throw, hitting 12.29m (40-04.00). Junior Ashley Byrd (Philadelphia, Pa.) took seventh in the high jump (1.53m) and eighth in the long jump (5.48m).
In the preliminary rounds of the running events, several Tigerbelles finished near the tops of their heats. Junior Jennifer Lawson (Detriot, Mich.) was first in her heat of the 60m with a time of 7.72, shedding two-tenths of a second off her season-best time. She also was first in her heat for the 200m with a time of 24.86, the second-best heat time in the event on the day. Senior Larisa Ray (Lansing, Mich.) was second in her heat of the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.91, nearly one second faster than her best time this season. She also was third in her heat of the 60m with a time of 7.91.
Freshman Porsche Buckner (Richton Park, Ill.) finished second in her heat of the 200m with a time of 25.76 and first in her heat of the 400m with a time of 58.44. Sophomore Rebekah Robinson (Missouri City, Texas) finished second in her heat of the 200m with a time of 25.60 and was first in her heat of the 400m with a time of 58.34.
The Tigerbelles return to action on Saturday for the second day of the OVC Indoor Championships. Competition begins at 10 a.m. CST.