Raiders win six events at MT Classic

Zamzam Sangau sets third school-record in three weeks

January 26, 2008 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Sophomore Zamzam Sangau set another school record, her third in three weeks, while sophomore DeRay Sloss, sophomore Sarah Nambawa, junior Samuel Adade, freshman Festus Chemaoi and junior Carl Morgan all posted event victories Saturday, leading the track teams at the Middle Tennessee Classic at Murphy Center.

Sangau continued her winning ways, posting her fifth victory of the indoor season by winning the 3000-meters in 10:17.08. It was her third school-record in three weeks after breaking the mile and 800-meter in the previous two meets.

Nambawa and junior TraMayne Gillyard finished just six-thousandths of a second apart in the 400-meters, with Nambawa winning and Gillyard second with times of 56.411 and 56.417, respectively. For Nambawa, it was her fifth first-place finish this indoor season as well but first in the 400.

Sloss won the 55-meter hurdles for the second straight week, this time in 6.52, just two-hundredths of a second off last week's winning mark. Adade was first in the 200-meters in 21.44, Chemaoi overcame teammate William Songock in the 3000 in 8:49.51 and Carl Morgan took first in the triple jump with a mark of 49-2.

Elsewhere for the women, junior Tenesha Hill was the top collegiate and placed second in the 55-meters with a time of 7.13. Sangau finished second in the mile in 5:04.54 and senior Marjorie Gombert was fifth in the 800-meters in 2:19.64.

Nambawa led three runners in the 200-meters, placing third in 25.37. Hill was fourth in 25.38 and sophomore Kortney Thurman placed seventh in 26.69. Junior Ashley Comstock came in fourth in the 3000 in 10:28.84 and Gombert was sixth in 10:40.95.

In the field events, Nambawa was second and Thurman placed third in the long jump with marks of 18-3.75 and 17-8, respectively. Sophomores Brittany Cox and MeLyn Thompson were second and third, respectively, in the shot put with marks of 45-1 and 43-3, while Thompson finished eighth in the weight throw with a mark of 36-10.5.

For the men, junior Greg Franklin placed second in the 55-meters in 6.36 and Adade was fourth in 6.38. Franklin ran a season-best 6.33 in the prelims.

Carl Morgan finished second in the 400 in a season-best 49.37, junior Daniel Oketch was fifth in a season-best 50.65 and Terrenace Maxwell placed eighth in 51.95. Chemaoi finished fourth in the mile in 4:23.73 and sophomore Julius Kirui was seventh in 4:28.58.

Franklin was fourth in the 200 in 22.07 and sophomore Phillip Tanner placed eighth in 22.70. Freshman Isaac Biwott finished fourth in the 800 in 1:58.13. Songock was second in the 3000 in 8:50.72, freshman David Emery finished fourth in 8:55.87 and Kirui placed fifth in 8:59.65.

The men's mile relay of Franklin, Carl Morgan, Carlos Morgan and Oketch finished third in 3:18.71.

In the field events, junior Lee Johnson was third in the long jump with a mark of 22-1.5, while junior Brandon Jones placed third and senior Carlos Morgan was fourth in the triple jump with marks of 46-10 and 46-5.5, respectively.

"We looked a little stronger in a number of events and the sprints got a lot better," head coach Dean Hayes said. "Adade and Greg Franklin both had good days and Sloss is staying steady, as is the women's 400's. We're getting better in a number of events, staying steady, and that's a big plus as far as I'm concerned."

Both Middle Tennessee teams head to Lexington, Ky., next weekend for the Rod McCravy Memorial at Nutter Fieldhouse on the University of Kentucky campus.

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