Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tennessee State women's track coach Chandra Cheeseborough has announced the signing of Richesa McCaleb and Martinique Guice as two high school athletes to join the Tennessee State University Tigerbelle track team. Richesa McCaleb, considered one of the nation's top female high school sprinters hails from Gentry High School in Indianola, Mississippi. She has clocked quality times in the 100m (11.79), 200m (24.00) and 400m (57.3). She is the daughter of Richard and Wanda McCaleb. Martinique Guice, a product of Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee, is the daughter of Walter and Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice. Her events are the 100m (12.08), 200m (25.5) and Long Jump (19'01.5"). "I believe "Munchy" (McCaleb's nickname) will be an asset to our program," Cheeseborough, who will be an assistant coach for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, said. "We just want her to get stronger, and go to the next level." "Martinique made the decision to come run for her mother," said Cheeseborough. "It was completely her decision and I'm happy to have the opportunity to train and coach her. It will be hard work, but I'm certain she can improve and excel." McCaleb cited Tigerbelle great Wilma Rudolph as a factor for her choosing Tennessee State. "When I was in either eighth or ninth grade, I really learned about her because I did a research project on her life," McCaleb said. "I feel that I'm going to a place where I can be the best I can be." Rudolph won the Bronze medal in 1956 at the Melbourne Games and in 1960, Gold at Rome in the 100, 200, and 4x100-meters, and received the Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. The events that Rudolph conquered at Rome just so happen to be McCaleb's specialty as well.