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Willingham Jr. Paces Flying Tigers on Day Two of Memphis Invite
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Willingham Jr. Paces Flying Tigers on Day Two of Memphis Invite


NASHVILLE — Michael Willingham Jr. could’ve taken a breather after setting a school record in the javelin throw Friday, but the sophomore wasn’t done yet.

Willingham Jr. chalked up two top-10 finishes to place 10th in the shot put with a mark of 13.45m and seventh in the discus throw with a mark 46.78. The sophomore from Stone Mountain, Ga. delivered a prolific throw of 52.94 in the javelin Friday at the Memphis Invitational to set a school record.

TSU had four other Flying Tigers to end the day in the top-10. Freshman Montaive Lightner got into the action when he placed seventh in the 100-meter dash with a hot time of 10.87. Desmond Tanner blazed through the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.08.

Damon Hodge Jr. has caught fire as of late with the Flying Tigers, who placed seventh out of 36 competitors in the 400-meter dash. Hodge Jr. finished with a time of 49.36.

Another freshman joined in the fun in Michael Thompson. The Miami, Fla. native placed ninth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.69.

The TSU track and field team will have an off week before traveling to Cape Girardeau, Mo. for the OVC Outdoor Championship.

Shot put (17 competitors)

10. Michael Willingham Jr. — 13.45m

Discus (16 competitors)

7. Michael Willingham Jr. — 46.78m

4x100 Relay (5 competitors)

3. Tennessee State A — 42.25

100-meter dash (17 competitors)

7. Montaive Lightner — 10.87
13. Deshun Richmond — 11.30
15. Ahmad Singleton — 11.88

110-meter hurdles (7 competitors)

5. Desmond Tanner — 15.08

400-meter dash (36 competitors)

7. Damon Hodge Jr. — 49.36
9. Michael Thompson — 49.69
13. Jamario Scott — 50.86
20. Roderick Johnson — 51.42
25. Christopher Givens — 51.95

800-meter run (46 competitors)

15. Thomas Mosley — 1:57.16
32. Russell Waters — 2:02.08
33. John Frieson — 2:02.11