ED TEMPLE CLASSIC
DATE: Sunday, Jan. 5
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. 5 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 and a host of unattached athletes
LAST TIME OUT: Tennessee State opened the 2018-19 indoor season with a number of strong performances at the Fred Wilt on Dec. 6. R’Lazon Brumfield won the triple jump, long jump and 200m dash. A total of 16 Flying Tigers and two relay teams placed in the top five over the course of the day-long meet. On the track, Aristotle Huffman (200m), Michael Thompson (400m) and Thomas Mosley (800m) took third in their respective events for the Flying Tigers.
The Tigerbelles shined in the field events at the Fred Wilt Open. Amani Taylor placed first in the weight throw with a pitch of 18.14 meters, while Mikayla Thompson notched a 14.61m toss in the shot put, followed closely by junior Rebekah Wynn who placed first in the 800m, crossing the finish line in 2:27.81. Overall, the Tigerbelles had 12 individuals and a relay team place top five.
IN THE NATION: TSU sophomore R’Lazon Brumfield currently ranks first in the nation in the triple jump with his leap of 15.96m and 16th in long jump (7.52m) after his performance at the Purdue Fred Wilt Open.
UP NEXT: TSU heads to the University of Kentucky Jim Green Invitational Jan. 10-11.