ED TEMPLE CLASSIC
DATE: Sunday, Jan. 6
STARTING TIME: 9 a.m. Field Events | 11 a.m. Track Events
LOCATION: Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn.
STARTING LINE: In the lone home meet of the season, the Tennessee State men’s and women’s track and field teams will host the Ed Temple Classic on Sunday, Jan. 6 at Wilma Rudolph Indoor Track inside the Gentry Center. The meet is named after the late Ed Temple, who guided the Tigerbelles for four decades. Temple, who passed away in September of 2016, served as the Head Coach of the U.S. women’s track and field team at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics.
THE FIELD: TSU, Middle Tennessee, Austin Peay, Alabama A&M, Cumberland, Fisk, Kentucky State, Vorhees College
LAST TIME OUT: Tennessee State opened the 2018-19 indoor season with a number of strong performances at the Vanderbilt Opener on Dec. 1. R’Lazon Brumfield won the triple jump and placed second in the long jump, marking his personal best 7.53 (24'8.50). On the track, Montaive Lightner (300m), Damon Hodge (400m) and Thomas Mosley (800m) took fourth in their respective events for the Flying Tigers.
The Tigerbelles shined in the field events at the Vanderbilt Opener. Grenetria Snell won the long jump while Angel Horton secured fourth in the triple jump. Mikayla Thompson placed third in shot put and Amani Taylor notched her personal best (14.68m) in the weight throw, placing fourth. On the track, Genetria Snell placed second with Kyla Jimmar right behind her at third in the 60m hurdles.
IN THE NATION: TSU sophomore R’Lazon Brumfield currently ranks first in the nation in the long jump with his distance of 7.53m, and sixth in triple jump (15.46m) after his performance at the Vanderbilt Opener. Damon Hodge's 400m time of 48.69 from the Vanderbilt Opener is the 18th-best in the country, while sophomore Genetria Shell for the Tigerbelles is 14th in the long jump after a 5.93m distance.
LOCAL EVENTS: The Ed Temple Classic is the second of five meets for TSU in the state of Tennessee this season. The schedule includes four indoor meets and two outdoor meets in the state.
UP NEXT: TSU heads to Birmingham, Ala. to compete in the Vulcan Invitational (Jan. 12) at the Birmingham CrossPlex.