OXFORD, Ala. --- Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) won the long jump on Friday to help the Tennessee State women’s track and field team keep pace on day two of the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championship at Choccolocco Park. The Tigerbelles moved up to seventh place with a team total of 26 points.
On her sixth and final attempt in the long jump, Hughes reached 6.31m (20’8.5”) to win the gold medal. The mark is tied for 27th in the nation and is a personal record for the senior.
Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) also had a big day for the Tigerbelles, earning 13 points. She captured the silver medal in the high jump by clearing 1.73m (5’8”). The junior also completed the heptathlon in fourth place. As part of the heptathlon, she posted the second-best long jump of the day, reaching 5.61m (18’5”) on her first attempt. She went on to take ninth in the javelin (17.92m – 58’9.75”) and sixth in the 800m (2:45.98) as part of the competition.
Freshman Amani Taylor (Groton, Conn.) added three points for the Tigerbelles in the discus with a sixth-place distance of 43.08m (141’4.25”).
The Tigerbelles also positioned themselves for more points on Saturday thanks to their performances in the prelims on Friday.
TSU had three qualifiers in the 100m hurdles led by Hughes in first in 13.33. Crystal Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) earned second on the day in 13.61, and Maya Ramsey (Atlanta, Ga.) picked up a sixth-place finish in 14.37. Hughes also ran the third fastest 200m time of 24.10 in the qualifying round.
Christian Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) took second in Friday’s preliminary round of the 800m with a 2:09.76 finish.
In the prelims of the 400m hurdles, Kayla Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) clocked in at 1:01.66, and Alexia King (Atlanta, Ga.) ran a 1:03.01 for sixth. Both are moving on to the finals.
Tiffany Barnes (Atlanta, Ga.) and Raven Davis (Junction City, Kan.) positioned themselves to score points in the 100m. Barnes earned seventh on the day in 12.18, followed closely by Davis in eighth in 12.20. In the 400m, Mikayla Banks (Houston, Texas) took eighth in 57.67 to move on.
Eastern Illinois leads the competition with 59 points, followed by Austin Peay in second place with 43.33 points.
Action concludes tomorrow.
DAY 2 TSU POINT SCORERS
1st – Amber Hughes – 6.31m (20’8.5”) – 10 points
2nd – Cyra Beard – 1.73m (5’8”) – 8 points
4th – Cyra Beard – 4,513 points – 5 points
6th – Amani Taylor – 43.08m (141’4.25”) – 3 points