Yarbrough, Sturm, Relays Finish Strong at Clemson

March 26, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Linnie Yarbrough and JJ Sturm both won events and both a men's and women's relay picked up victories in the final day of competition at the Clemson Relays in Clemson, S.C., Saturday.

The track squads also picked up 10 second and third-place finishes in the 15-team event, the second outdoor meet of the season for Middle Tennessee.

Yarbrough won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 13.79, while also placing third in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.80. Sturm tied for first and was the top collegian in the triple jump with a mark of personal-best 47-2.25.

VanTonio Fraley placed second in the 100-meters in a time of 10.43, while Alex Pruitt was second in the high jump (6-7) and Julius Defour tied for fifth (6-5).

James Thomas finished in the top eight in three events, placing fourth in the shot put (49-5.75), sixth in the discus (136-8) and eighth in the hammer throw (148-1).

In the relays the 4x200-meter team of Fraley, Yarbrough, Eric Mamadou Kone and Sturm won in a time of 1:28.20, while the 4x800-meter relay of Jonathan Guillou, Derek Dell, Kone and Benvictor Sang was third in 7:57.81. The same foursome placed fifth in the 4x1500-relay in a time of 16:31.66.

For the Lady Raiders, Kerry Barrow was second and Antranette Stringer third in the 100-meters in 12.01 and 12.06, respectively.

Jessica Anderson was second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.00, while Candice Robertson placed sixth in the event in 14.54 and third in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:03.53.

Stephanie Tamgho had another good showing with a second-place showing in the triple jump with a mark of 39-3.75, with Sierra Douglas third in the event (38-11.75).

Laetitia Florimond placed fourth in the shot put with a mark of 42-11.75 and sixth in the discus (129-7), while Kelley Enoch was eighth in the shot put (36-7.5) and Lasean Bell finished seventh in the discus (121-6). LaToya Brown also placed sixth, in the high jump, with a mark of 5-2.25.

In the relays the 4x400-meter relay of Barrow, Stringer, Shanna-Kay Campbell and Robertson won the event in 3:45.87, while the Distance Medley Relay of Marjorie Gombert, Anderson, Miranda Galloway and Sara Lunning was eighth in 13:33.05.

"We had some good performances today and a solid showing for the weekend," head coach Dean Hayes said. "This was a good meet for us - not a lot of great teams but a good meet with some talented teams and we were able to put some good performances together."

Both squads will run next Saturday in the Yellowjacket Invitational in Atlanta, Ga.

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