Herring, Reid Take Home Outstanding Performer Honors

May 12, 2002 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee finished second in the women's competition while the men came in fourth during the final day of the Sun Belt Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La.

Senior Godfrey Herring received the Men's Outstanding Track Performer award after winning the 200m and 400m, as well as anchoring the winning 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams, all event finals run on Sunday. Junior Stephany Reid was named the Women's Outstanding Field Performer award after winning Sunday's triple jump and taking third in Saturday's long jump.

The Lady Raiders finished with 119 points for the meet, 19 behind winner New Mexico State.

The Lady Raiders scored 30 points in the triple jump after netting 19 in Saturday's long jump. Reid set a meet record by clearing 41-10.75 to win the event, setting a personal-best along the way.

Senior Jameka Collins was second with a season-best mark of 40-5, while sophomore Letitia Eady came in third with a jump of 40-2.25. Freshman Rolanda Howard continued her impressive championships by placing fifth with a personal-best mark of 39-8, and fellow frosh Kiki Deckard was seventh with a season-best jump of 38-6.75.

Senior Kelley Smith and freshman Dara McLean finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the javelin. Smith came in with a mark of 120-3, while McLean had a distance of 118-1.

In Sunday's running event finals for the Lady Raiders, Howard finished seventh in the 100m hurdles, running a season-best 14.75. Freshmen Kishara George and Nicolette Jarrett were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 400m, finishing in times of 55.50 and 55.94. Jarrett also placed sixth in the 200m, running 24.70.

Freshman Rosemary Okafor finished second in the 200m in 23.77 and fourth in the 100m in 11.82. Senior Coleen Parker placed third in the 800m in 2:14.32, while Collins came in sixth in the 400m hurdles in a season-best 1:06.26.

The women's 4x100m relay squad of Howard, George, Kim Freeman and Eady finished sixth in 47.09. The 4x400m relay of Collins, Lanora Gray, Parker and Okafor came in fourth in the meet's final event in 3:45.23.

The Blue Raiders finished fourth with 116.5 points, with winner North Texas racking up 148.25 points, just 1.75 points ahead of second-place Louisiana-Lafayette.

For the Blue Raiders, Lindsey Sims scored five points by finishing fourth in the javelin with a season-best mark of 183-9. In the triple jump, Rob Jordan finished second with a jump of 50-2.75, while Greg Jones was eighth, clearing 46-6.75.

Herring ran 45.68 to win the 400m before taking the 200m in a personal-best 20.77. Sophomore Fred Williams set a personal-best in the 400m, running 47.45 to take fourth. He was also fourth in the 200m, finishing in 21.30.

Freshman Wesley Dupar-Scott placed fourth in the 100m in 10.73. Sophomore Mardy Scales finished sixth in the 200m and seventh in the 100m. Junior DJ Spann ran a season-best 51.27 to finish second in the 400m hurdles.

Sophomore Chris Koger won the men's high jump Sunday night, clearing 6-9.75, while teammate Matt McFarland jumped 6-2.25 to tie for seventh.

The men's 4x100m relay of Spann, Scales, Dupar-Scott and Herring ran 39.76 to win before the 4x400m relay of Williams, Spann, Jordan and Herring won in 3:09.47.

"These kids really did everything they could do. They have everything they had, both the guys and the girls," Middle Tennessee head coach Dean Hayes said. "We've had an awful lot of injuries and accidents this season on both teams, and we were missing some key personnel that could have helped us.

"But the kids we had here did a terrific job. The women were fantastic in the jumps, scoring 49 points between the long and triple jumps. And Godfrey just continues to be an unbelievable sprinter, no matter what the event."

Both the men's and women's squads will compete in next week's Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., on Friday and Saturday.

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