CARBONDALE, Ill. --- The Tennessee State Tigerbelles captured the top four spots in the 400-meter dash to highlight the team's appearance in the Southern Illinois Saluki Booster Invitational Indoor Meet.
Dominique Ward took first place with a time of 57.52 seconds, ahead of Rebekah Robinson's 58.77. Jennifer Lawson and Porsche Buckner completed the sweep with times of 59.02 and 59.03, respectively.
A total of 22 teams competed in the two-day event. Among the field were Southeast Missouri and Austin Peay from the Ohio Valley Conference.
"This weekend was a good outing for the young ladies because their times are improving, and we have avoided any major injuries," said Tigerbelles coach Chandra Cheeseborough. "We are looking forward to this weekend to improve times in our own TSU Invitational."
Shanique Hector placed in a pair of field events. The junior from Ocala, Fla. was fifth in the long jump and fourth in the pole vault. In other field event competition, Latheria Lewis took seventh place in the shot put.
In other running events, Mildred Rachael was third in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.45 seconds. Ward was fifth in the 200-meters with a time of 25.52, just ahead of Tierra Boyd's 25.53. Felicia Jeffers was seventh in the 800-meters with a time of 2:20.90.
The Tigerbelles' 4x400relay team of Lawson, Robinson, Buckner, and Ward was third with a time of 3:53.34 behind the teams from SIU and UAB. A second Tigerbelle team was sixth that included Erika Brown, Anniece Spencer, Tierra Boyd, and Margertha McLean.
The Tigerbelles will host their second meet of the month, the TSU Invitational in the Gentry Center on Sunday, Jan. 30.