NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tigerbelles were seeking another successful trip to the Sunshine State for the Florida Relays, but rain cancelled the event over Easter weekend after the Tigerbelles had made the long journey to Gainesville.
The Tigerbelles are already off to a fast start in their outdoor season, thanks to strong performances in their first two trips to Florida. The Tigerbelles had earlier competed in the Central Florida Invitational Relays and the 55th Annual Florida A&M Relays.
TSU had won 15 events combined in the two meets, including nine first places in the FAMU Relays which attracted athletes from more than 35 colleges and universities.
Freshman Naquanza Alfred was honored as the first Ohio Valley Conference Female Athlete of the Week for her performances. Alfred won the 800-meter run at both meets and ran her best time of 2:14.40 at UCF. She also took first place in the 1500-meters at FAMU and was second at UCF with her best time of 4:46/17 in her brief collegiate career.
Sprinter Jennifer Lawson is also off to a fast start. Lawson won the 100-meter dash at both events and won the 200-meters at UCF. She posted a time of 11.92 at UCF and ran the 200-mters in 24.07. Dominique Ward also has won the 400-meters in both times this spring. She posted a best time of 55.80 at UCF.
The 4x100 and the 4x4500 meter relay teams were victorious in each of their outings. The 4x100 team posted a time of 46.74 at UCF and a time of 46.91 at FAMU. The 4x400 team had a time of 3:46.31 at FAMU, about two seconds better than the team's time at UCF.
Distance runner Rae'Ven Richards came through with a big win at FAMU. She won the 3000-mter run with a time of 11:09.79.
The team has also enjoyed some early success in the field events. Latheria Lewis won the shot put at FAMU after posting a third place finish at UCG. Shaniqua Hector won the pole vault at UCF while Ashley Byrd was third in the triple jump.
TSU jumped into the outdoor season after Coach Chandra Cheeseborough's young team had posted a solid third place finish in the 2005 Indoor Championships. The Tigerbelles are working toward the 2005 OVC Outdoor Track & Field Championships which will be hosted by Austin Peay in early May.
The next scheduled meet for the Tigerbelles will be the Boston-Moon Invitational set for the Edward S. Temple Track on April 16.