NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men's and women's track and field teams have begun final preparations for the 2004 Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championships. Several athletes and relay teams are gearing up to defend their titles while Head Coach Chandra Cheeseborough is looking to become the OVC Coach of the Year for the third time in four years. The championships are scheduled for May 7-8 in Birmingham, Ala.
Senior Nick Horton (Milwaukee, Wisc.) will lead the Flying Tigers into this year's competition. He is the reigning champion in both the 200m and 400m. Horton is also looking to looking to repeat as OVC Male Athlete of the Year after earning the same honor this earlier year during indoor competition. Junior Marcus Morris is aiming for the top of the 110m hurdles after finishing fourth at the championships last year. He currently has the fourth-fastest time in the OVC.
The men's 4x400m relay team will also be in the hunt for its third-consecutive title.
Junior Ashley Byrd (Philadelphia, Pa.) will be heading up the Tigerbelles' assault in the field events, looking to repeat as the triple jump champion. Last year, Byrd and Shereka Roby (Nashville, Tenn.) finished 1-2 and will be looking to dominate again. Junior Shaniqua Hector (Ocala, Fla.) is in the hunt for a top-three finish in the pole vault after remaining among the OVC's top-10 all season in the event. Last year, she took seventh in the event.
Leading the way in the sprints will be junior Jennifer Lawson (Detroit, Mich.), who finished second in the 100m and 200m at last year's championships. She is currently among the top-four in the OVC in both events.
In the relay events, Tennessee State will be looking to four-peat as the women's 4x400m relay champions and three-peat as the 4x100m relay champions.
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