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Tigerbelles Finish Second at OVC Championship
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Tigerbelles Finish Second at OVC Championship



OXFORD, Ala. --- Fueled by two individual gold medals from All-American Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) and a win in the 4x400m relay, the Tennessee State women’s track and field team earned second place at the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championship with 102 points at Choccolocco Park. TSU scored points in 10 different events on the final day on Saturday.

For her efforts, Hughes won Athlete of the Championship for the 12th major OVC award of her storied career.

In the triple jump, Hughes set the OVC Outdoor Championship record, reaching 13.52m (44’4.25”) on her second attempt to earn first place. Hughes broke the OVC record of 13.39m set in 2000 by Middle Tennessee's Andreja Ribac. Hughes also added a gold medal in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.12.

Hughes teamed with Christian Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.), Kayla Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) and Alexia King (Atlanta, Ga.) for a winning 4x400m relay time of 3:41.85 in a thriller to close the meet.

Christian Pryor secured a silver medal in the 800m by clocking in at 2:11.84, while Hughes added a bronze in the 200m with a time of 23.33.

The Tigerbelles also put together a strong performance in the 4x100m relay to pick up fourth place. The squad of Hughes, Tiffany Barnes (Atlanta, Ga.), Raven Davis (Junction City, Kan.) and Kyla Jimmar (Chicago, Ill.) posted a 46.24 finish.

In addition to Hughes’ gold medal in the 100m hurdles, Crystal Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) took fourth in 13.80 with Maya Ramsey (Atlanta, Ga.) adding a seventh-place time of 14.86.

TSU picked up eight more points in the 400m hurdles with a fourth-place finish by Kayla Pryor in 1:01.62 and a sixth-place time of 1:03.24 by King.

In other field events, Daimer Gordon (Ellenwood, Ga.) captured sixth in the shot put with a mark of 13.78m with Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) taking seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 11.91m. On the track, Mikayla Banks (Atlanta, Ga.) earned seventh in the 400m in 58.23. Barnes picked up sixth in the 100m (12.14) and Davis ran a 100m time of 12.16 for seventh.

Eastern Illinois won the team competition with 128 points with TSU in second place with 102 points and Tennessee Tech in third with 91 points.  

Triple Jump
Amber Hughes – 1st – 13.52m – 10 points
Cyra Beard – 7th – 11.91m – 2 points

Shot Put
Daimer Gordon – 6th - 13.78m - 3 points

4x100m Relay
Hughes, Barnes, Davis, Jimmar – 4th – 46.24 - 5 points

100m Hurdles
Amber Hughes – 1st – 13.12 - 10 points
Crystal Williams – 4th – 13.80 – 5 points
Maya Ramsey – 7th – 14.86 – 2 points

Mikayla Banks – 7th – 58.23 – 2 points

Tiffany Barnes – 6th - 12.14 – 3 points
Raven Davis – 7th – 12.16 – 2 points

Christian Pryor – 2nd – 2:11.84 – 8 points

400m Hurdles
Kayla Pryor – 4th – 1:01.62 – 5 points
Alexia King – 6th – 1:03.24 – 3 points

Amber Hughes – 3rd – 23.33 – 6 points

4x400m Relay
Hughes, C. Pryor, King, K. Pryor – 1st – 3:41.85 – 10 points

1. Eastern Illinois – 128 Points
2. Tennessee State – 102 Points
3. Tennessee Tech – 91 Points
4. Murray State – 89.5 Points
5. Austin Peay – 87.33 Points
6. Eastern Kentucky – 87 Points
7. Jacksonville State – 75.33 Points
8. Southeast Missouri – 70 Points
9. SIUE – 47.33 Points
10. Belmont – 27.5 Points
11. UT Martin – 13 Points