ATLANTA, Ga. --- The Tennessee State women's outdoor track and field team had a great showing over the weekend at its first outdoor meet of the 2004 season in Atlanta. At the annual Morehouse Relays, the Tigerbelles earned 20 top-five finishes and outright won five events.
Tennessee faced off against athletes from Tuskegee, Fort Valley State, Clayton State, Claflin College, Clark Atlanta, Alabama A&M, Xavier (La.), Benedict College, Paine College, Albany State, Fisk and David Lipscomb.
In the running events, Jennifer Lawson took the gold in the 100m with a time of 12.13. Also nabbing the top spots in the relay events were the Tigerbelle 4x100 (46.11), 4x200 (1:39.42) and 4x800 (10:14.04) teams.
Also coming away with top-five finishes were Rae'Ven Richard (2nd, 4:57.11) and Juanita Thomas (5th, 5:06.57) in the 1500m; Thomas in the 3000m (2nd, 11:08.71); Mildred Rachel(3rd, 15.25), Jillian Brown (4th, 15.29) and Larisa Ray (5th, 15.80) in the 100m hurdles; and Brown (4th, 1:05.43) and Margertha McLean (5th, 1:06.59) in the 400m hurdles.
In the field events, the Tigerbelles had eight top-five finishes. Leading the way was Shaniqua Hector who took the top spot in the pole vault with a height of 10-00.00. She was also fifth in the long jump with a measurement of 17-00.00. Shereka Roby finished second in the high jump with a height of 5-02.00 and second in the triple jump with a measurement of 38-00.75. Rounding out the top five in the triple jump were Ashley Byrd in fourth (36-09.00) and Scherrie Jackson in fifth (36-00.00). Latoria Swindell took the silver in the shot put with a measurement of 11.31m.
The Tigerbelles return to action on March 26-27 as they head south to compete at the Florida Relays.