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Henry, Gbagbeke lead Middle Tennessee track at Boston-Moon Classic

Pairing won individual events for the Blue Raiders

April 12, 2009 · Athletic Communications

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A pair of first-place finishes on the track and 13 overall top-five results highlighted Middle Tennessee's participation Saturday at the Boston-Moon Classic, a meet hosted by Tennessee State in Nashville, Tenn. Results were not available until late Saturday evening.

Kiara Henry led the Blue Raider women with three top-five results, including a first-place time of 12.21 to win the 100 meters and top the field of 19 runners. She nearly pulled off a second event championship, but placed fourth in the 200 meters after clocking in at 25.85.

Henry then turned to the field events, where her leap of 5.30m (17-4.75) earned her a fifth-place mark in the long jump.

Stanley Gbagbeke was the top MT men's performer after he captured the 200 in a time of 21.92, holding off 35 other competitors. Teammate Robert Ezell gave the Blue Raiders a pair in the top 10 of the event with his eighth-place showing of 22.65.

Gbagbeke clocked in at 10.76 during the 100 to place second, two spots ahead of Ezell. Ezell garnered a fourth-place time of 11.03 in the field of 35.

Although no Blue Raiders won individual field events, MeLyn Thompson and Nicole Neeb each earned second-place marks. Thompson was the runner-up in the shot put, registering a mark of 12.58m (41-3.25) and Neeb fell just short in the javelin with a toss of 33.31m (109-3).

Maite Cortin placed third in the hammer with a mark of 41.97m (137-8.5), Thompson was fourth in the discus with a mark of 37.72m (123-9) and Neeb tallied a fourth-place height of 1.57m (5-2) in the high jump as other top-five performances for the Middle Tennessee women.

Brandon Jones recorded the only top-five finish for the Blue Raider men in the field events with his third-place tying distance of 14.64m (48-0.5) in the long jump.

The Middle Tennessee track and field teams will return to action Friday and Saturday at the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga.

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