Okafor Wins Twice as Track Takes 10 Firsts

January 24, 2004 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Junior Rosemary Okafor won a pair of events and senior Mardy Scales won again as the Middle Tennessee track teams won 10 events Saturday during the Blue Raider Invitational at Murphy Center.

Okafor won the 55-meters in an NCAA provisional time of 6.90 before taking the 200-meters in 24.22.

Freshmen Tiffany Owens and Nicole Marcus were at the top of both the 55 and 200, as well. Owens took second in the 55 (7.09) and third in the 200 (24.96), while Marcus placed fourth in the 55 (7.19) and second in the 200 (24.69). Sophomore Kerry Barrow was sixth in the 200 (25.78).

Transfer Jessica Anderson won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.31 with sophomore Candice Robertson second in 8.51. The Lady Raiders mile relay team of Barrow, Owens, Jerkita McClorin and Robertson placed third with a time of 4:04.97.

In the field events for the Lady Raiders, senior Letitia Eady won both the long and triple jump with marks of 18-7.75 and 39-8, respectively. Junior KeKe Deckard placed second in both events, jumping 18-6.5 in the long and 39-1.25 in the triple. Rolanda Howard came in third in the long jump with a mark of 18-5.5.

In the shot put, Laetitia Florimond was second and the top collegian in the event with a mark of 43-0.5. Sophomore Meaghan Byrd was second in the event (41-8.5) and Kelley Enoch placed third (39-8).

Senior Katie Mirgliotta set a school record in the weight throw with a mark of 47-1 in placing second, while Byrd was fourth in the event (43-4). Jennifer Thomas tied for sixth in the high jump.

For the Blue Raiders, Scales won the 55-meters in 6.28, while Wesley Dupar-Scott was second (6.37) and Pedro Holiday came in third (6.39).

Holiday won the 200-meters in a time of 21.54, finishing just ahead of Xavier Darden, who came in second in 21.63.

In the 400-meters, senior Tim Hicks placed second in 47.99, while junior Victor Okorie was third (48.01) and sophomore Sean Waller finished fourth (48.20).

Sophomore Linnie Yarbrough won the 55-meter hurdles, running NCAA provisional marks in both the prelims and the finals. Yarbrough ran 7.30 in the prelims and 7.32 in winning the finals.

Freshman Tony Carufe came in seventh in the 800-meters in 1:59.14, and Tarik Thabet placed fifth in the 3000-meters in 9:06.07.

The Blue Raider mile relay of Okorie, Darden, Hicks and Waller ran an NCAA provisional time of 3:11.06 in winning the event.

In the field events after the Blue Raiders, freshman Bryan Anderson placed third in the high jump, clearing 5-10. Sophomore JJ Sturm was second in the long jump (23-5.5) and freshman Clyde Gibson finished third (22-10) in the event.

Sophomore Greg Jones finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 48-3. In the shot put, sophomore Willie Parker came in third (46-5) and freshman James Thomas was fourth (42-10.5).

Thomas broke his own school record in the weight throw with a mark of 51-4, while Parker was third (43-5) in the event.

"Rosemary ran very well, as did Nicole Marcus and Tiffany Owens," Middle Tennessee track coach Dean Hayes said. "Pedro also ran well, as did Linnie in the hurdles, and the mile relay team was almost as good as last week."

Both squads will take part in the Middle Tennessee Classic at Murphy Center next Saturday, the second of four home meets this indoor season for the program.

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