TSU Track and Field Places Third at OVC Indoor Championship
Saturday, February 27, 2016
TSU Track and Field Places Third at OVC Indoor Championship
Photo Courtesy of Katherine Seghers




NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s track and field team earned a third place finish at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship on Saturday at the Gentry Center. 15 different athletes scored points in individual events on the day for TSU.

With a score of 132.5, the Flying Tigers finished just 7.5 points behind first-place Eastern Illinois (140 points), while Southeast Missouri took second with 134 points.

Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) won gold in the 800m with a new OVC Indoor Championship record time of 1:49.80, finishing nearly three seconds ahead of the runner-up. The time beats the old meet record of 1:50.03 set by Murray State’s Stevon Roberts at the 1992 Championship. The time is also the best Prince has run indoors in his collegiate career.

The Flying Tigers added four individual silver medals on the day to go with a silver in the 4x400m relay.

Shawn Harris (Memphis, Tenn.) took second in the 55m hurdles (7.73), while Malik Wright (Tampa, Fla.) clocked in at 21.88 in the 200m to finish in second. In the field events, Marc McCoy (Tampa, Fla.) set a new personal record in the triple jump with a mark of 15.25m to take second, and Kyle Washington-Scott (St. Louis, Mo.) came up with a throw of 16.68m to earn a silver medal in the shot put.

TSU’s 4x400m relay squad comprised of Jason Griffin (Gallatin, Tenn.), Jontue McDowell (Jacksonville, Fla.), Prince and Wright put together the event’s second-fastest time of 3:15.87.

Tennessee State added three bronze medals on the day, good for six points apiece toward team scoring. Griffin clocked in third in the 55m hurdles (7.74), Shaquille Cragwall (Lebanon, Tenn.) took third in the triple jump (15.13m) and Roc-M Nesbitt (Atlanta, Ga.) threw the shot put 16.19m for a bronze medal.

In fourth place in their respective events on the day were Kareem Nicholas (Atlanta, Ga.) in the triple jump (15.13m), Wright in the 400m (48.93), Kenji Anderson (Cordova, Tenn.) in the heptathlon (4488) and James Stewart (Nashville, Tenn.) in the 200m (22.32).

1) Eastern Illinois 140
2) SE Missouri 134
3) Tennessee St. 132.5
4) Eastern Kentucky 99
5) SIU-Edwardsville 87
6) Belmont 64.5