CHARLESTON, Ill. --- The Tennessee State men's track and field team finished the first day of competition at the 2004 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships in sevetnth-place, picking up seven points. The Eastern Illinois men lead the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships with 71 team points after the first day of competition. Southeast Missouri follows in second with 36 points, while Murray State holds the three spot with 25 points.
Senior Nick Horton, last year's co-Male Athlete of the Year, looks to be on pace to retain his title. He finished first in his heat of the 200m with a time of 21.60, shedding three-hundredths of a second of his top time this season for the best time on the day. He was also first in his heat in the 400m with a time of 48.34.
In the 60m hurdles, junior Michael Smith (8.19) and sophomore Marcus Morris (8.39), each finished second in their respective heats while freshman Chris Howell (22.64) and senior Jermie Harris (22.88) finished second in their respective 200m heats. Senior Joshua Love finished second in his 800m heat with a time of 1:58.62.
Senior Antoine Ferrell took eighth in the long jump with a distance of 6.60m (21-08.00) and fifth in the high jump with a measurement of 1.87m (6-01.50).
The Flying Tigers return to action on Saturday for the final day of the OVC Championships. Competition gets underway at 10 a.m. CST.