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Teams travel to Athens for Georgia Relays

Teams open outdoor season at Georgia Relays

March 20, 2009 · Christian Lemon

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee track and field teams will compete Saturday in Athens, Ga., for the Georgia Relays for the opening of the outdoor campaign.

It will mark the teams' preparation for the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships which the Blue Raiders will play host to May 8-10 at the Blue Raider Track and Soccer Stadium.

The Blue Raiders are coming off a very strong indoor season that concluded with the men winning the Sun Belt Conference title and the women finishing 30th in the country. The teams will look to continue their winning ways outdoors, as most have not competed since the Sun Belt Indoor Championships February 27th and 28th.

Head coach Dean Hayes said, "This weekend is really just about getting the athletes back into the flow of outdoor competition. Most of them haven't competed since the championships. It's always exciting to start the outdoor season. Track is a sport where the athletes want to be outside."

The Georgia Relays format focuses on a full slate of relay events, all field events and some distance races. Middle Tennessee will work to improve its relay teams, which have always been strengths of Hayes' teams.

"We really want to focus on the 4x100 relays for the men and the women," said Hayes.

The men's 4x100 relay team will consist of Greg Franklin, Curtis King, Carl Morgan and Samuel Adade. The women's will be run by Kortney Thurman, Tenesha Hill, Nyeisha Wright and TraMayne Gillyard.

Hurdler DeRay Sloss has recovered from an injury and will participate this weekend. Sloss sustained a leg injury at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships after falling over a hurdle.

Full meets results will be available georgiadogs.com and goblueraiders.com.

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