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Thursday, May 26, 2005
NASHVILLE --- Coach Chandra Cheeseborough will carry a contingent of Tennessee State University Tigerbelles to the 2005 NCAA Track and Field Mideast Regionals that get underway Friday (May 27) in Bloomington, Ind. The Tigerbelles will have a total of five student-athletes participating in the prestigious event. The Ohio Valley Conference champion relay team of Dominique Ward, Tierra Boyd, Porsche Buckner, and Rebekah Robinson will compete in the 4x400 relay. In addition, OVC shot put champion Latheria Lewis will be in action in her field event and Ward will also compete in an individual in the 400-meters. Cheeseborough, a three-time Olympian and a gold medalist in her competitive days, has been preparing her young athletes for the big-time event. "I have been talking to them and giving them ideas of what the competition and atmosphere will be like," said the Tigerbelle coach. "It will be a very good experience for them. I am hopeful that we can knock three-to-four seconds off our time in the relay and Dominque and Latheria will also have solid performances as individuals." The Indiana University track and field teams are set to host the Mideast Regionals this weekend, at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex. The Tigerbelles will find themselves competing in the toughest region in the nation. The 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional meet will be just the third meet of this kind to take place. The event comes to Bloomington after being held at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003 and LSU in Baton Rouge, La., in 2004. The regional format is set up so the top five individuals and top three relay teams in regional competition will automatically qualify for the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Athletes qualify for regional competition by obtaining marks that were above the standard, or winning their conference championship in either an individual or relay event.