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McClorin, Jordan Win at Track Championships

May 11, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee sophomore Jerkita McClorin won the heptathlon on Saturday morning and senior Rob Jordan took victory in the long jump, while senior Kim Freeman finished third in the long jump and Levi Sybert took second in the 3000m steplechase on the second day of competition at the Sun Belt Championships in Denton, Texas.

 

McClorin was fourth heading into the final three events in the heptathlon and came out with a third-place finish in the long jump with a season-best mark of 17-8 to start the day. The West Palm Beach, Fla., native then won the javelin with a season-best throw of 108-6. McClorin finished the competition with a third-place showing in the 800m, compiling a school-record 4774 points to win the competition.

 

LaToya Brown also had two good events in the heptathlon and was third heading into the 800m, but struggled in the final event to finish sixth overall with 4365 points. Brown finished second in the long jump with a mark of 17-8.25 and was fourth in the javelin with a season-best mark of 101-1.

 

Jordan picked up his first Sun Belt crown after capturing two long jump titles in the OVC. The Orlando, Fla., native jumped a season-best 25-2.5 to win, while freshman JJ Sturm finished eighth with a mark of 23-5.25.

 

Freeman and KeKe Deckard both had season-best marks in the long jump on Saturday at Fouts Field. No one on the Lady Raider squad had passed the 19-foot mark before the SBC Championships, but Freeman jumped 19-6 to take third and Deckard jumped 19-4 to finish fifth in the event.

 

Sybert led a trio of Blue Raider runners in the steeplechase, finishing in 9:31.87 to pick up eight points with his second-place finish. Anthony McGary placed fifth (9:47.34) and Zack Wood was sixth (9:50.51) in the final event of the day.

 

Middle Tennessee's strongest attribute as a team is the running events, and the Blue Raiders and Lady Raiders did not disappoint in the preliminaries on Saturday.

 

The Blue Raiders qualified 16 athletes for Sunday's finals, including the fastest times in the 100, 200 and 400, as well as the 110 and 400m hurdles.

 

Junior Mardy Scales had the fastest time in the 100m with a season-best time of 10.24. Pedro Holiday, a December football signee who ran outdoors just once, qualified with a time of 10.48, good enough to also qualify for the NCAA Regionals at the end of the month. Omar Ali also qualified in the 100m with a time of 10.66, his fastest of the season.

 

Scales also ran the fastest time in the 200m at 21.08, while Holiday and Ali also qualified for the event.

 

Freshman Sean Waller tied for the fastest time in the 400m at 47.25, while Tim Hicks and Fred Williams also qualified in the event.

 

Four Blue Raiders qualified in the 110m hurdles, including junior Garland Martin running the fastest time in the event at 14.05. Martin's time was the fastest by a Blue Raider this season by .12.

 

Freshman Linnie Yarbrough and seniors Jasper Demps and Brad Orr also qualified in the 110m hurdles.

 

DJ Spann had the fastest time in the 400m hurdles at 50.68, while Victor Okorie was second at 50.88 and Orr was third at 52.11.

 

For the Lady Raiders, sophomore Rosemary Okafor ran the fastest time in the 100m with a time of 11.34. Kerry Barrow also qualified in the 100m.

 

The same twosome qualified in the 200m, as Okafor was the fastest in the event again with a time of 23.18.

 

Kishara George had the fastest mark in the 400m hurdles at 1:01.55 and was the only Lady Raider to qualify in the event.

 

Junior Nicolette Jarrett qualified for the 400m finals with a time of 56.14, while freshman Candice Robertson got into the 100m hurdle finals with a time of 14.48. Brown and McClorin both attempted to qualify in the hurdles but fell short after completing the heptathlon earlier in the day. Brown did pick up another point with her eighth-place finish in the high jump, clearing 5-2.5.

 

The men's and women's hammer throw, triple jump and javelin will take place Sunday, as will the women's shot put and men's pole vault and high jump. All running finals will also take place beginning at 4 p.m. with the 400m finals and ending with the 4x400m relay at 9 p.m. The Lady Raiders begin the final day of competition in sixth place, while the Blue Raiders start Sunday in fourth place.

 

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