Douglas, Parker, Thomas, Defour All Win at Boston-Moon Classic

April 15, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Sierra Douglas, Willie Parker, James Thomas and Julius Defour all posted victories, leading the Blue Raider contingent at the Boston-Moon Classic Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

Douglas, a sophomore, won the triple jump with a season-best mark of 40-2 and also was second in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 14.64.

Parker and Thomas both won field events and each finished in the Top 3 in three different events.
  • Parker, a junior, won the hammer throw with a mark of 152-5 while taking second place in both the shot put (48-0.75) and discus (138-4). Thomas, also a junior, was first in the discus with a mark of 144-10, came in second in the hammer (150-9) and was third in the shot put (46-9.5).

    Defour, a senior, cleared 6-4 in the high jump for his first victory of the season.

    Elsewhere for the men, freshman Tavaris Leak placed third in the 400-meters with a time of 47.94 and was seventh in the long jump with a mark of 23-3.5.

    Junior Derek Carey finished eighth in the 100-meters in 10.75, while junior Tony Carufe was sixth in the 1500-meters in a personal-best 4:02.79 and freshman Jeremy Turner came in fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 55.52. Sophomore Matt Young was third in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 10:41.23.

    In the field events, senior JJ Sturm finished third in both the long jump (23-9.5) and triple jump (48-4.5), and junior JaKeith Hairston was seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 44-5.5.

    For the Blue Raider women, freshman Carlissa Shaw placed seventh in the 800-meters in 2:23.98, while freshman Ashleigh Thaler came in eighth in the 3000-meters in 11:43.80. Senior Sara Lunning finished fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:15.31.

    In the field events, senior Meaghan Byrd came in third in both the shot put (44-3.25, season-best) and hammer (148-8).

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