NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State Tigerbelle coach Chandra Cheeseborough carried a young contingent of her student-athletes to the NCAA Mideast Regional and hopes the experience will lead to bigger and better things in the future.
A total of five Tigerbelle represented TSU in the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional over the weekend, hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington. The Mideast Regional was deemed the toughest regional in the nation heading into the competition with the number of nationally-ranked teams and individuals at the event.
Weather delayed the meet as thunderstorms on the opening day on Friday forced a change in the meet's schedule.
Cheeseborough was looking for her 4x400 meter-relay team of Dominque Ward, Rebekah Robinson, Porsche Buckner, and Tierra Boyd to improve on its time. The team came through with its coach's wish, posting a season best time of 3.42.66, surpassing the previous best time of 3:43.99. The previous best time was set on the way to winning the Ohio Valley Conference title in the event.
Ward, a freshman, qualified for the 400-meteres as an individual and posted a time of 55.70, the 15th best overall out of a field of more than 20 runners. Ward was one of six freshmen who competed in the event.
OVC shot put champion Latheria Lewis had a good outing her event as well. Lewis had a best throw of 46 feet and 5.25 inches on her second attempt. The sophomore will return for two more seasons.
Cheeseborough is already looking forward to next season. The team has a strong base of student-athletes returning, plus hope to add newcomers who will make immediate contributions.