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TSU T&F Notches 26 Top-5 Marks at Valentine Invite
Sunday, February 12, 2012

Murfreesboro, Tenn. -  The Tennessee State men's and women's track & field teams notched 26 top-5 finishes and captured 14 podium finishes in the final regular season meet, the Middle Tennessee Valentine Invitational, on Saturday evening.

TSU used the meet as a final tune-up before the OVC Track & Field Championships at the Gentry Center on Feb. 24-25.

The Tigerbelles had a strong day as the 'A' team won the women's 4x400-yard relay with a time of 3:55.08. The 'B' team finished third with its' time of 4:14.17.

Ashontae Jackson had a solid day with two podium finishes. The freshman finished second in the 200-meter dash (25.07) and third in the 55-meter dash finals (7.23).

In the throwing events, Brittani Logan grabbed third with her toss of 41-5 ¾ (12.64m) in the shot put. She placed fourth in the weight throw with a distance of 49-11 ¼ (15.22m).

In the high jump, Gabrielle Todd cleared a height of 5-3 (1.60m) for second overall.

Kya Riley claimed third in the 400-yard dash with her 59.62 time. Ja'Lyn Burr (37-8/11.48m) and Felicia Oladokun (35-3 ¼/10.75m) claimed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the triple jump.

For the men, Michael Johnson and Arthur Combest both earned silver medal standings. Combest cleared 1.98-meters (6-6) in the high jump. Combest later notched a time of 7.67 in the 55-meter hurdles finals.

Johnson placed second in the 400-meter dash with his clocked time of 49.76. Royce Dates (7.17m/23-6 ¼) and LeQuinn Davis (6.65) claimed third place finishes in the long jump and 55-meter dash, respectively.

Julian Mallory ran 22.27 in the 200-meter dash for a fourth place finish, while Tamarron Key earned fourth with a height of 10-6 (3.20m) in the pole vault.

The Flying Tigers 'A' team notched second (3:22.80) and the 'B' team third (3:28.79) in the 4x400-yard relay.

Tennessee State returns to action in two weeks when the Tigers host the 2012 OVC Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Gentry Center on Feb. 24-25. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the TSU Ticket Office at 615-963-5841.

Flying Tigers (Top-10 Finishes)
High Jump
Arthur Combest (2) 1.98m/6-6
Sean Jenkins (4) 1.93m/6-4
Julian Mallory (6) 1.93m/6-4

Pole Vault
Tamarron Key (4) 3.20m/10-6

Long Jump
Royce Dates (3) 7.17m/23-6 ¼
Adrien Hill (7) 6.81m/22-4 ¼
Avian Hughes (10) 6.74m/22-1 ½

Triple Jump
Adrien Hill (7) 13.63m/44-8 ¾
Avian Hughes (8) 13.62m/44-8 ¼
Markeith Price (9) 13.06m/42-10 ¼

Shot Put
Alex Griffin (6) 13.81m/45-3 ¾

Weight Throw
Alex Griffin (9) 12.37m/40-7

400-meter Dash
Michael Johnson (2) 49.76
Lamonte Burton (6) 50.93
Jahleel Michael (8) 51.32
Jamill Jackson (9) 51.34
Tamarron Key (10) 51.64

55-meter Hurdles Finals
Arthur Combest (2) 7.67

55-meter Dash Finals
LeQuinn Davis (3) 6.65
Julian Mallory (5) 6.76

800-meter Run
Desmond Trice (7) 1:59.60
Christopher Hobbs (10) 2:01.21

200-meter Dash
Julian Mallory (4) 22.27
Michael Johnson (T-5) 22.41
Lamonte Burton (T-5) 22.41

4x400 Yard Relay
'A' (2) 3:22.80
'B' (3) 3:28.79

Tigerbelles (Top-10 Finishes)

High Jump
Gabrielle Todd (2) 1.60m/5-3
Ja'Lyn Burr (5) 1.50m/4-11

Long Jump
Felicia Oladokun (6) 5.16m/16-11 ¼
Daniecce Ward (7) 5.00m/16-5

Triple Jump
Ja'Lyn Burr (4) 11.48m/37-8
Felicia Oladokun (5) 10.75m/35-3 ¼

Shot Put
Brittani Logan (3) 12.64m/41-5 ¾
Kai Senaya (6) 10.75m/35-3 ¼
Cierra Joshua (8) 10.70m/35-1 ¼
Jasmine Merriweather (9) 9.37m/30-9

Weight Throw
Brittani Logan (4) 15.22m/49-11 ¼
Cierra Joshua (6) 12.62m/41-5
Jasmine Merriweather (8) 11.74m/38-6 ¼
Kai Senaya (9) 11.05m/36-3

400 Yard Dash
Kya Riley (3) 59.62
Felicia Oladokun (9) 1:04.53

55-meter Hurdles
No Results Available

55-meter Dash Finals
Ashontae Jackson (3) 7.23

800-meter Run
Charita Harris (5) 2:24.84
Breanna Adams (9) 2:30.82

200-meter Dash
Ashontae Jackson (2) 25.07
Kya Riley (5) 26.32
Brittany Betts (7) 26.88
Gabrielle Todd (8) 26.94
LaTia Carney (9) 27.62

4x400 Yard Relay
'A' team (1) 3:55.08
'B' team  (3) 4:14.17