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Tigerbelles Shine at Ed Temple Classic
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Tigerbelles Shine at Ed Temple Classic
Photo By Sam Jordan - TSU Athletics


NASHVILLE --- Competing at home for the first time this season, the Tennessee State women’s track and field team turned in a number of top performances at the Ed Temple Classic inside the Gentry Center on Sunday. The Tigerbelles took the top spot in six events on the day.

Cyra Beard won the high jump with one of the top performances of her career, clearing 1.75m (5’8.75”). The senior also won the triple jump on the afternoon.

In the triple jump, Grenetria Shell took the top spot with a mark of 5.95m (19’6.25”).

The Tigerbelles dominated the throwing events with Mikayla Thompson and Daimer Gordon taking first and second, respectively, in the shot put. In the weight throw, Gordon was the top finisher followed by Amani Taylor.

On the track, Kayla Pryor had the day’s top 800m time of 2:22.71.

In the team competition, TSU took first out of five schools with 84 points.

Next up, TSU heads to Birmingham, Ala. for the Blazer Invitational on Jan. 12 and the Vulcan Invitational on Jan. 13.

Tennessee State Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice
“To even mention Coach (Ed) Temple’s name in a sentence is a blessing and an honor to me. To be at home competing, you train on the track every day and you should be used to it. Sometimes you do well and sometimes you don’t. We’ve got to go back and start all over. It’s just a blessing and an honor to keep remembering Coach Temple.”
- On hosting the Ed Temple Classic

“We had some highs and lows. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board - I saw some growing pains. We performed well in the sprints and the hurdles. Cyra Beard did well in the high jump and the triple jump. Overall, we still have a lot of work to do.”
- On how TSU performed on the day

Women’s High Jump
1.75m (5’8.75”) – Cyra Beard – 1st Place
1.60m (5’3”) – Jalyn Bowen - 4th Place

Women’s Long Jump
5.95m (19’6.25”) – Grenetria Shell – 1st Place
5.71m (18’9”) – Angel Horton – 3rd Place
5.42m (17’9.5”) – Gabrielle Younginer – 4th Place
5.41m (17’9”) – Jalyn Bowen – 5th Place

Women’s Triple Jump
12.15m (39’10.5”) – Cyra Beard – 1st Place
11.86m (38’11”) – Angel Horton – 2nd Place
11.20m (36’9”) – Brejhe’ Halls – 3rd Place
11.10m (36’5”) – Gabrielle Younginer – 4th Place
11.03m (36’2.25”) – Ayana Eason – 5th Place

Women’s Shot Put
14.82m (48’7.5”) – Mikayla Thompson – 1st Place
11.69m (38’4.25”) – Daimer Gordon – 2nd Place
11.10m (36’5”) – Amani Taylor – 4th Place
11.07m (36’4”) - Hannah Alsup – 5th Place

Women’s Weight Throw
16.44m (53’11.25”) – Daimer Gordon – 1st Place
15.85m (52’) – Amani Taylor – 2nd Place
15.81m (51’10.5”) – Hannah Alsup – 3rd Place
14.37m (47’1.75”) – Mikayla Thompson – 4th Place

Women’s Mile
5:36.04 – Rebekah Wynn – 2nd Place

Women’s 55m Hurdles Finals
8.43 – Kyla Jimmar – 3rd Place

Women’s 55m Finals
7.28 – Destiny Pennington – 5th Place

Women’s 400m
58.19 – Mikayla Banks – 4th Place
58.21 – Zion White – 5th Place

Women’s 800m
2:22.71 – Kayla Pryor – 1st Place
2:28.61 – Rebekah Wynn – 3rd Place

Women’s 200m
25.60 – Kyla Jimmar – 4th Place
25.83 – Mikayla Banks – 5th Place

Team Scoring
1. Tennessee State – 84
2. Middle Tennessee – 53
3. Austin Peay – 30
4. Alabama A&M – 12
5. Jackson State - 7