DATE: Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 20-21
STARTING TIME: 9 a.m. Field Events | 4:15 p.m. Track Events
LOCATION: Birmingham CrossPlex | Birmingham, Ala.
NASHVILLE — The 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship is here for the Tennessee State men’s and women’s track and field team.
There are 17 Flying Tigers and 21 Tigerbelles that made the trip to the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. The CrossPlex, which will host the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships, houses one of the fastest indoor hydraulic tracks in the world.
This year also makes the first time the OVC Indoor Championship has been held at a neutral site. The championship is a two-day event from Wednesday to Thursday.
The meet is ultra-competitive. TSU Director of Track and Field, Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice, said there is no scoring on day two of the championship.
“The first things is competing and getting to the finals,” Cheeseborough-Guice said. “I hope they can do their best and be in the top five. The most important thing we need to do is prepare. We’ve put in 100 percent all year long leading up to the championship and we want it to propel off of that into the meet.”
Last year the Eastern Kentucky men won its first Indoor crown since 2008 while Tennessee Tech claimed its first-ever women's crown.
TSU men at OVC last season:
As a senior, James Faison placed first in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash for the Flying Tigers at the OVC championship. Senior Jemarruse Amos came in first place in the 60m hurdles and the 4x400 relay team came in first. Current Flying and 2019 OVC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, Tiger R’Lazon Brumfield, placed first in both the long and triple jump.
TSU women at OVC last season:
Amber McCroskey placed ninth in the 60m. Lakeia Hill made a top-5 finish (4th) in the 200m. Kyla Jimmar, who was a senior last year for the Tigerbelles, placed fourth in the 60m hurdles. Then-senior Crya Beard placed in second in the high jump. Current Tigerbelle Kassandra Sanders came in sixth place in the high jump. Gabrielle Younginer was right outside the top-10 (11th) in the long jump. Mikayla Thompson placed second in the shot put for the Tigerbelles and Amani Taylor placed fifth in the weight throw.