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Track & Field Turns Focus to Morehouse Relays
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Tennessee State men's and women's track & field teams compete in the 41st annual Morehouse Relays on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at B.T. Harvey Stadium in Atlanta.

The Tigerbelles and Flying Tigers are coming off 15 podium finishes at the 62nd annual Florida A&M Relays. This weekend, TSU competes against several HBCUs including Clark Atlanta University, Florida A&M and Tuskegee.

The Tigers compete in the men's Steeplechase on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (CT). The field events kick off Saturday at 8 a.m. (CT) with the men's javelin, while the running events also start at 9 a.m. with the 10,000-meter run. The running events continue on a rolling schedule with the college field events concluding around 2 p.m. (CT).

Two Flying Tigers are ranked nationally after the first weekend of outdoor meets. Sophomore Royce Dates' mark of 7.22m (23-8 ¼) in the long jump is good for fifth nationally. Arthur Combest's time of14.72 in the 110-meter hurdles is 12th best as of this week.

For the Tigerbelles, there are three athletes with top-30 marks. Ashontae Jackson is 21st in the long jump (18-2 ½, 5.55m) and 23rd in the 100m dash (12.15).

Junior Gabrielle Todd has the 25th best time in the 400-meter dash (57.16) and the 30th national mark in the high jump (5-3 ¼, 1.61m). In the triple jump, Ja'Lyn Burr's leap of 11.43m (37-6) is rated as 18th in the NCAA.

The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Breanna Adams, Jackson, Kya Riley and Todd ranks 13th with a time of 3:51.72.

Results of this weekend's meet will be available online at after the conclusion of the meet.