Monday, March 29, 2004
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The Tennessee State women's track and field team shined over the weekend at one of the nation's top outdoor meets, the 61st Annual Coca-Cola Florida Relays. The Tigerbelles faced athletes from some of the country's top programs including Miami, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Alabama, San Diego State, Georgia, Clemson, Florida Atlantic, South Carolina State, Georgetown, Florida A&M, South Carolina and host-Florida. Although no Tigerbelle won her individual event, several bested their previous outdoor records. Rookie Porsche Buckner improved in the 400m by more than one and half seconds with a time of 57.34 while junior Makeya Miller shed eight-tenths off her 800m time to cross the line in 2:20.74. Sophomore Tiana Daniels dropped almost three seconds from her previous 400m hurdles time to take fifth in her section with a time of 1:08.72. Junior Jillian Brown, who currently has the best time in the OVC in the 400m, improved by more than three-tenths to finish with a time of 1:05.01. The Tigerbelle relay teams also fared well. The 4x100 team of sophomores Rebekah Robinson and Leslie Leary, senior Larisa Ray and junior Jennifer Lawson finished second in their section with a time of 46.54 and went on to finish 12th out of 30 teams. The 4x100 shuttle team of Ray, junior Jillian Brown, sophomores Tiana Daniels and Mildred Rachel were second in their section with a time of 1:00.85 and finished sixth overall. The 4x800 squad of sophomores Rae'Ven Richard and Sharay Staton, senior Juanita Thomas and Miller were fourth overall with a time of 9:31.36 while the 4x200 team of Robinson, Leary, Buckner and Lawson took sixth in their section with a time of 1:39.32, just five-hundredths off the fifth-place team from Florida Atlantic, and finished 13th overall. The Tigerbelles return to action on April 10 as they host the Boston-Moon Classic here at Tennessee State.