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Monday, February 7, 2005
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --- Tennessee State 's Buford Williams was aiming for his third straight win in the high jump in the indoor track and field season, but a foot injury slowed the freshman to finish in third place in this past weekend's Middle Tennessee State Invitational. Williams, who was already noted a pair of Ohio Valley Conference Field Athlete of the Week honors, had a best jump of 6'05.00" at MTSU. Williams had a jump of 6'8" the previous week to win the TSU Invitational. Alex Pruitt of host MTSU and Western Kentucky's Brian Gifford each had jumps of 6'9". In the long jump, Williams had a distance of 23.03.50 to claim fourth place. He had recorded a jump of 23'10.05" the previous week to take the win the TSU event. The Tigers' Chris Howell ran the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.11 to finish fourth. Marucs Morris placed fifth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.82. Along with MTSU and WKU, Arkansas State, Belmont, and several unattached athletes also competed in the event held in the Murphy Center.