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TSU Track and Field Heads to OVC Outdoor Championship
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
TSU Track and Field Heads to OVC Outdoor Championship

Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championship
May 10-12
Tucker Stadium  |  Cookeville, Tenn.


 (throws will be streamed separately due to the events' location nearby Tech Softball Field)

STARTING LINE: The Tennessee State men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel to Cookeville, Tenn. for the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championship, scheduled for May 10-12. The event, hosted by Tennessee Tech, will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday with the Decathlon 100m.

THE FIELD: Austin Peay (W), Belmont (M/W), Eastern Illinois (M/W), Jacksonville State (W), Morehead State (M/W), Murray State (W), Southeast Missouri (M/W), SIUE (M/W), Tennessee State (M/W), Tennessee Tech (W), UT Martin (M/W)

LAST TIME OUT: The last action for TSU came at the Memphis Invitational on April 27-28. Isaiah Olige (110m hurdles) James Faison (200m) and R’Lazon Brumfield (Triple Jump & Long Jump) had second-place finishes for the men’s team. For the women, Cyra Beard (High Jump) added a second-place finish.

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: The Tigerbelles have won four Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championships, most recently taking home the title in 2015. TSU’s women’s program also won OVC Outdoor Championships in 2001, 2002 and 2008. On the men’s side, TSU is looking for its first OVC Championship for indoor or outdoor.

AT LAST YEAR’S EVENTS: The Flying Tigers picked up a fourth-place finish at last year’s OVC Outdoor Championship. Quamel Prince (800m), Kareem Nicholas (Triple Jump) and the 4x400m relay team of Jontue McDowell, James Faison, Jamario Scott and Prince all earned gold medals for the men’s team at last year’s event.  

The Tigerbelles secured second place at last year’s OVC Outdoor Championship. Amber Hughes, who earned Athlete of the Championship, won gold medals in the long jump, triple jump, 100m hurdles and with the 4x400m relay team. The other runners on the 4x400m relay team for the Tigerbelles last season were Alexia King, Christian Pryor and Kayla Pryor.

RANKINGS IN THE EAST REGION AMONG NCAA DIVISON I STUDENT-ATHLETES: The NCAA Selection Committee accepts the top-48 performers in each individual event and the top-24 relay teams in both relays to compete at each site hosting the NCAA Preliminary Rounds for a total of 96 individuals and 48 relays competing nationwide. The NCAA East Preliminary Round is scheduled for May 24-26 in Tampa, Fla. Here is how individuals from TSU currently rank in the East Region:

    • 29th – Cyra Beard – High Jump – 1.75m (5’8.75”)
    • 42nd – Mikayla Thompson – Shot Put – 15.34m (50’4”)

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    • 32nd – Isaiah Olige – 400m Hurdles – 52.16
    • 37th – R’Lazon Brumfield – Triple Jump – 15.30m (50’2.5”)


    • March 21 – Cyra Beard – Field Athlete of the Week

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    • March 21 – James Faison – Co-Track Athlete of the Week
    • March 21 – R’Lazon Brumfield – Field Athlete of the Week
    • March 28 – Isaiah Olige – Co-Track Athlete of the Week
    • March 28 – R’Lazon Brumfield – Co-Field Athlete of the Week
    • April 18 - James Faison - Co-Track Athlete of the Week