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Five Tigers Earn Top-5 Marks in First Day at UNC
Saturday, January 14, 2012

Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Tennessee State University track & field team had five student-athletes notch top-5 finishes during the first day of the UNC Dick Taylor Invitational.

TSU opened up the day with a pair of qualifiers in the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdle prelims. Ashontae Jackson, a redshirt-freshman, picked up a fifth place finish in the 60-meter dash with a run of 7.75 seconds.

The Gordonville, Va., product later placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 18-2 ¼ (5.54m). Teammate Daniecce Ward notched a distance of 17-3 ¼ (5.26m) to earn 11th in the event.

Arthur Combest ran the 60-meter hurdles preliminary in 8.32 seconds to qualify for the final race. In the finale, the Memphis native clocked in with a time of 8.61 for seventh overall.

Sophomore Royce Dates recorded the Ohio Valley Conference's top-mark in the long jump, clearing a distance of 24-1 ¾ (7.36m). His mark earned him second at the meet and is good for 10th nationally as of Friday evening.

Also in the long jump, Avian Hughes leapt 23-1 ¼ (7.04m) for fourth in the completion.

In the women's weight throw, Brittani Logan notched a lunge of 45-11 ¼ (14.00m) to earn fifth in the competition.

Tennessee State closes out the UNC Dick Taylor Invitational tomorrow beginning with the women's high jump at 10 a.m. Live results will be available online at

Tigerbelles Friday Results

60-meter Hurdles Preliminaries
Brielle Moore (19) 9.38
Daniecce Ward (23) 9.47
LaTia Carney (26) 9.60

60-meter Dash Preliminaries
Ashontae Jackson (7) 7.82q

60-meter Dash Finals
Ashontae Jackson (5) 7.75

600-meter Run
Breanna Adams (10) 1:40.80
Charita Harris (11) 1:42.13

Weight Throw
Brittani Logan (5) 14.00m - 45-11 ¼

Long Jump
Ashontae Jackson (5) 5.54m - 18-2 ¼
Daniecce Ward (11) 5.26m - 17-3 ¼

Flying Tigers Friday Results  

60-meter Hurdles Preliminaries
Arthur Combest (6) 8.32q
Jahleel Michael 8.60

60-meter Hurdles Finals
Arthur Combest (7) 8.61

60-meter Dash Preliminaries
LeQuinn Davis (12) 7.01
Lamonte Burton (18) 7.07
Julian Mallory (26) 7.18

Distance Medley Relay
Team 'A' (9) 11:05.47

Long Jump
Royce Dates (2) 7.36m - 24-1 ¾
Avian Hughes (4) 7.04m - 23-1 ¼
Adrien Hill (12) 6.32m - 20-9

Weight Throw
Alex Griffin (15) 9.12m - 29-11 ¼