Payne runs strong at Tiger Track Classic

Payne and Chemaoi earned top Regional places

April 3, 2010 · Christian Lemon

AUBURN, Ala. - Roscoe Payne earned a top 10 East Region qualifying in the 400 intermediate hurdles as the Middle Tennessee track and field teams competed at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala.

Payne took second in the 400 hurdles crossing the line in 51.35. This time places him fourth in the region. The Flint, Mich., native also finished sixth in the 110 high hurdles. His time was 14.30. This time places him 19th regionally. Teammate DeRay Sloss came in ninth at the meet with a time of 14.69.

Chemaoi's time of 3:47.99, currently places him ninth in the East Region, making him eligible for May's East Region Championships in Greensboro, N.C. The Kenyan native also earned a top 25 position in the 800 meters. His time of 1:51.57 in the event, slots him 23rd regionally. Chemaoi placed second in both races.

Isaac Biwott, the only Blue Raider to earn a first place finish at the Tiger Track Classic, won the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 9:23.45. His time places him 28th in the East Region.

The men's 4x100 meter relay team of Robert Carter, Greg Franklin, Curtis King and Payne placed fifth at the meet in 41.06. The team currently holds the 24th fastest time regionally.

Franklin also earned a top 15 regional finish in the 200 meters with a time of 21.28.

Robert Carter set a personal best in the 400 meters with a time of 48.57.

Zamzam Sangau was the top female competitor for Middle Tennessee. Sangau took second in the 800 meters and third in the 1,500 meters. Her time of 2:08.13 places her ninth regionally.

Cherice Robertson continued to improve in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.77 and slots her 13.77 in the region.

Brittany Cox placed in three of the four events she was entered. Cox's mark of 160-8 (48.97m) in the discus puts her 15th in the event. She already had regional places in both the shot and hammer.

Kiara Henry set two personal bests in the 100 and 200 meters. She ran times of 11.86 and 24.46, respectively.

"Things are starting to come together," said head coach Dean Hayes. "The weather was good today and we had some athletes perform well. There is still room for improvement, but we are coming along."

The team will split next weekend as some will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in the Sea Rays Relay hosted by Tennessee, with the other half competing at the Boston-Moon Invitational hosted by Tennessee State. Full results and coverage will be available on GoBlueRaiders.com.

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