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T&F Stays in Nashville for Vanderbilt Invitational
Friday, April 20, 2012

It's an easy trip for the Tennessee State University track & field teams this weekend. The Flying Tigers and Tigerbelles travel just a couple of miles down the road for the Vanderbilt Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

This is the final weekend where most of the TSU athletes will compete for marks before the Ohio Valley Conference Championships in two weeks.

Events start on Friday at 3pm with numerous field events, including the men's long jump. The 200-meter dash starts at 5pm followed by the 1,500-meter run, the Steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run. Saturday's field events start at 10am with the relays beginning at Noon.

Redshirt freshman Ashontae Jackson has a couple of the Tigerbelles' top marks in the OVC. Jackson is third in the 200-meter dash with her time of 24.25. She ranks fifth with a logged time of 12.05 in the 100-meter dash. 

Gabrielle Todd is fifth in the OVC after her clearance of 5-3 ¼ (1.61m) in the women's high jump at the Florida A&M Relays.

In the triple jump, Ja'Lyn Burr is third, leaping 38-0 ¾ (11.60m) at the 41st Annual Morehouse Relays. Senior Daniecce Ward follows in fifth with her distance of 37-9 ½ (11.52m) at the Boston-Moon Classic.

In the women's shot put, Brittani Logan's throw of 43-10 ¾ (13.38m) at the Boston-Moon Classic puts her in fifth in the OVC.

Michael Johnson is fourth after pacing a time of 48.94 in the men's 400-meter dash. In the 110-meter hurdles, senior Flying Tiger Arthur Combest's time of 14.72 in the 110-meter hurdles is third. Freshman Jahleel Michael is currently positioned fifth with his time of 54.78.

In the high jump, Combest is third after clearing 6-8 (2.03m) at the Boston-Moon Classic. Senior Avian Hughes' triple jump distance of 46-4 (14.12m) is fourth in the conference.

All four TSU relay teams in the 4x100m and the 4x400m rank in the OVC's top-5. Both of the 4x4 relays are third with times of 3:16.75 for the Flying Tigers and 3:47.31 for the Tigerbelles.

Live results and recap of this weekend's Vanderbilt Invitational will be posted online at