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TSU Third After Day One of OVC T&F Championships
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Tennessee State University's men's and women's track & field teams sit in third place after day one of the OVC Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Gentry Center.

The Big Blue claimed two individual titles. Daniecce Ward, the OVC Indoor Co-Field Athlete of the Year, claimed the high jump title by clearing a personal-best of 1.73-meters (5-8).

Sophomore Royce Dates used his athleticism to claim the men's long jump with a distance of 7.58-meters (24-10 ½). His mark ranks 19th nationally as of Friday evening. Teammates Adrien Hill (6.97m/22-10 ½) and Julian Mallory (6.84m/22-5 ¼) followed in fifth and sixth, respectively.

Sophomore Sean Jenkins earned All-Conference (second place) in the high jump with his clearance of 1.98-meters (6-6). Arthur Combest followed in third at 1.98-meters (6-6).

Freshman Ashontae Jackson claimed long jump All-Conference accolades (second place) with her leap of 5.75-meters (18-10 ½).  The freshman qualified for the 55-meter and 200-meter dash with times of 7.16 and 24.99.

Tigerbelle Gabrielle Todd made a qualifying time of 57.03 in the 400-meter dash to place fourth in the prelims. In the 55-meter hurdles, Brielle Moore ran a time of 8.42 to earn a berth in the finals on Saturday.

The Flying Tigers had several qualifiers in the running events. In the 800-meter run, Jamill Jackson ran a time of 1:56.72 for sixth overall in the prelims.

LeQuinn Davis garnered spots in the 55-meter (6.46) and the 200-meter (22.20) dash. Julian Mallory also notched high enough times in the 55-meter (6.52) and the 200-meter (22.35) race.

Junior Michael Johnson claimed times of 50.07 in the 400-meter and 22.39 in the 200-meter to earn a spot in the finals. Lamonte Burton (49.72) and Osafa Hiipolyte (51.23) will join Johnson in the 400-meter finals.

In the throws events, Brittani Logan threw the shot put 13.39-meters (43-11 ¼) for fourth overall. Flying Tiger Alex Griffin notched fifth with his toss of 46-6 ¼ (14.18-meters).

The final day of the OVC Championships starts Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with the men's weight throw. Running events start with the mile run at Noon. will provide a live blog. Fans can also follow the hashtag #OVCIndoor for live updates of the meet.

Tigerbelles Results

High Jump
Daniecce Ward (1) 1.73m/5-8
Gabrielle Todd (7) J1.58m/5-2 ¼
Ja'Lyn Burr (11) 1.48m/4-10 ¼

Shot Put
Brittani Logan (4) 13.39m/43-11 ¼
Kai Senaya (12) 11.25m/36-11
Cierra Joshua (14) 10.73m/35-2 ½
Jasmine Merriweather (17) 8.89m/29-2

55-meter Hurdles Prelims
Brielle Moore (7) 8.42q
LaTia Carney (10) 8.54
Daniecce Ward (11) 8.56

800-meter Run
Breanna Adams (7) 2:19.82
Charita Harris (13) 2:22.65

Long Jump
Ashontae Jackson (2) 5.75m/18-10 ½
Felicia Oladokun (8) 5.47m/17-11 ½
Ja'Lyn Burr (11) 5.28m/17-4
Daniecce Ward (13) 5.21m/17-1 ¼

55-meter Dash Prelims
Ashontae Jackson (4) 7.16Q
Brittany Betts (14) 7.50

200-meter Dash Prelims
Ashontae Jackson (5) 24.99q
Gabrielle Todd (11) 25.48
Kya Riley (18) 26.02
Deira Taylor (19) 26.21

400-meter Dash Prelims
Gabrielle Todd (4) 57.03q
Kya Riley (9) 58.24
Diera Taylor (15) 1:00.68
Felicia Oladokun (17) 1:01.56

Flying Tiger Results

200-meter Dash Prelims
LeQuinn Davis (2) 22.20q
Julian Mallory (4) 22.35q
Michael Johnson (7) 22.39q
Lamonte Burton (9) 22.41

Shot Put
Alex Griffin (5) 14.18m/46-6 ¼
Vernon Frett (8) 12.84m/42-1 ½

800-meter Run Prelims
Jamill Jackson (6) 1:56.72Q
Desmond Trice (10) 1:58.23
Christopher Hobbs (11) 1:58.40
Jonathan Owens (13) 2:01.06

55-meter Dash Prelims
LeQuinn Davis (4) 6.46q
Julian Mallory (5) 6.52q
Royce Dates (10) 6.67
Travon Alexander (12) 6.75

400-meter Dash Prelims
Lamonte Burton (4) 49.72q
Michael Johnson (5) 50.07q
Osafa Hippolyte (7) 51.23q
Tamarron Key (9) 51.63

High Jump
Sean Jenkins (2) 1.98m/6-6
Arthur Combest (3) 1.98m/6-6
Royce Dates (7) 1.88m/6-2