Okafor, Dupar-Scott Lead Track Squads

January 25, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's track squads hosted the Blue Raider Invitational Saturday at the Murphy Center, with sophomores Rosemary Okafor and Wesley Dupar-Scott leading the way for the two squads.


For the Lady Raiders, Okafor won the 200m in 24.16 and finished third in the 55m in 6.96. Candice Robertson came in fifth and Jerkita McClorin was sixth in the 55m hurdles, while Kishara George was sixth in the 400m. Middle Tennessee graduate assistant Tasha Jenkins won the 400m in 55.18.


In the field events, Kim Freeman was third in the long jump (18-6.25) and fifth in the triple jump (39-10.25), while LaToya Brown tied for fourth in the high jump (5-0) and Jennifer Howard took fourth in the pole vault (10-0). KeKe Deckard finished sixth in the triple jump (18-0.5) in her first meet of the year, while Meaghan Byrd tied her own school record, set last week at Kentucky, with a weight-throw toss of 38-7.5, and was fourth in the shot put with a mark of 41-6.5.


The Blue Raiders were led by Dupar-Scott, who took the 55m in 6.30 and was fourth in the long jump at 22-11.5. Seniors DJ Spann and Omar Ali finished second and sixth, respectively, in the 55m behind Dupar-Scott, running 6.32 and 6.46.


Ali, Sean Waller and Mardy Scales finished 4 thru 6 in the 200m, with times of 21.89, 21.98 and 22.03, respectively. Former Blue Raider Godfrey Herring won the event in 21.12.


In the mile run, Geoffrey Lagat was fourth (4:20.50), Levi Sybert took fifth (4:20.52) and Anthony McGary placed eighth (4:26.67), while graduate assistant and former Blue Raider David Lyle finished third in the 800m in 1:57.84. Herring won the 400m, while current team member Rob Jordan was fourth in the event, running unattached.


Jasper Demps and Linnie Yarbrough took second and third, respectively, in the 55m hurdles. Demps ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.37, while Yarbrough finished in 7.45. Both men trailed former NCAA hurdles champion Ron Bramlett, who won the event in 7.10.


The mile relay team of Brad Orr, Tim Hicks, Omar Ali and Waller finished second in 3:14.93.


In the field events, freshman JJ Sturm finished fifth in the long jump with a mark of 22-9. Former Blue Raider All-American Roland McGhee had the longest jump of the day in the event at 25-4.5. Blue Raider graduate assistant had the best mark in the triple jump at 54-5.25.


Randy McKeever placed fifth in the high jump, clearing 6-0 for the second straight meet, while Jesse Newsome came in sixth in the weight throw. Willie Parker threw 42-4.25 to finish fifth in the shot put, while Lindsay Sims (39-4) and Newsome (38-4) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.


Middle Tennessee will host a second straight home meet on February 1. Teams participating in the Blue Raider Classic include Auburn, Western Kentucky, Chattanooga and Vanderbilt.

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