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Nicholas Captures Gold in Long Jump to Lead Flying Tigers
Friday, May 12, 2017
Nicholas Captures Gold in Long Jump to Lead Flying Tigers



OXFORD, Ala. --- Powered by a first place long jump performance by senior Kareem Nicholas (Atlanta, Ga.), the Tennessee State men’s track and field team remained in sixth place at the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championship at Choccolocco Park.

TSU’s two-day total is 35 points, while Southeast Missouri is the leader of the pack with 67 points.

Nicholas’ gold medal highlighted a successful day for the Flying Tigers. His distance of 7.46m (24’5.75”) was one of his best performances this outdoor season.

In the discus, Kyle Washington-Scott (St. Louis, Mo.) earned the bronze medal with a mark of 50.66m (166’2.75”) for six points. Roc-M Nesbitt (Atlanta, Ga.) tacked on an additional point with an eighth-place distance of 45.59m (149’7.25”) in the event.

The Flying Tigers added nine total points in the high jump on the day. Marc McCoy (Tampa, Fla.) secured fourth place with a height of 2.00m (6’6.76”) followed by Kenji Anderson (Cordova, Tenn.) at 1.95m (6’4.75”).

Clearing 4.35m (14’3.25”) in the pole vault, Justin Young (Clarksville, Tenn.) took home fifth place for the Flying Tigers.

TSU will have plenty of chances for points in Saturday’s 400m hurdles. Isaiah Olige (Nashville, Tenn.) posted the second-best time on Friday in 53.02. Chris Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) finished in fourth in 54.52 with Desmond Tanner (Clarksville, Tenn.) taking eighth in 55.09.

James Faison (Decatur, Ga.) had the prelims’ fastest time in the 400m in 48.18. Jamario Scott (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished in seventh on the day in 48.90 to qualify for the finals.

Reigning 800m champion Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) will have the opportunity to defend his title after qualifying in eighth on Friday in 1:53.40. James Stewart (Nashville, Tenn.) is moving on to the finals of the 100m with Friday’s fifth-place time of 10.89.

TSU had three additional qualifiers in the 110m hurdles. Anderson finished in third in 14.67 with Jackson taking fifth in 14.83 and Jemarruse Amos (Jacksonville, Fla.) earning sixth in 14.89.

In the 200m, Faison and Stewart are moving on to tomorrow’s finals. Faison clocked in at 21.64 for fifth with Stewart taking eighth in 21.82.

The OVC Championship concludes tomorrow.

Long Jump
1st – Kareem Nicholas – 7.46m (24’5.75”) – 10 points

3rd – Kyle Washington-Scott – 50.66m (166’2.75”) – 6 points
8th – Roc-M Nesbitt – 45.59m (149’7.25”) – 1 point

High Jump
4th – Marc McCoy – 2.00m (6’6.75”) – 5 points
5th – Kenji Anderson – 1.95m (6’4.75”) – 4 points

Pole Vault
5th – Justin Young – 4.35m (14’3.25”) – 4 points