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Payne doubles at Vanderbilt Invitational

Teams combine for five individual wins at the meet

April 23, 2011 · Athletic Communications

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Men's sprinter Roscoe Payne won both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles at the Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday for his first double of the 2011 season.

Payne ran times of 51.99 in the 400 and 14.49 in the 110 in the victories. His 400-meter time leads the conference. Payne holds a career-best time of 51.0.

Josh Butler won the high jump, leaping 6-8 (2.03m) in the win.

Festus Chemaoi continues to return to form in his senior campaign. Chemaoi ran the second fastest 1,500 meter career time, clocking 3:47.08 in a winning effort. His time is the third best in the league. He followed this performance by taking fifth in the 800 meters in a season-best 1:52.74.

Kendall Bacchus' time of 21.65 in the 200-meter dash, slotted him third overall at the meet and ranks a career best for the sophomore transfer.

In the 400-meter dash, Steven Palmer shaved one-hundredth of a second off his lifetime best. The freshman's time of 47.94 placed him fourth in Saturday's competition.

Amber Jackson won the women's 800 meters. A native of Chicago, Ill., Jackson's time of 2:07.80 leads the Sun Belt Conference.

The Blue Raiders continued to dominate the long jump in 2011. The Middle Tennessee women took three of top four positions on the day, including Kortney Thurman's victory. Thurman jumped 20-5.75 (6.24m) in the win. Nyeisha Wright and Cherice Robertson tied for third each, leaping 19-8 (5.99m).

Robertson tied her career-high in the high jump with a mark of 5-8 (1.73m) to take third on the day. Ann Dudley won the event, leaping a lifetime high of 5-9.25 (1.76m).

In the 100-meter hurdles, Rosina Amenebede and Cherice Robertson each set PR's with respective times of 13.64 and 13.82. The duo finished one-two in the race.

"It was a good meet for us," head coach Dean Hayes said. "We had a bunch of people get personal-bests. It is good to see our athletes running well headed into the Sun Belt Championships.

The teams will split next weekend as a handful will travel to the Penn Relay while the rest of the teams compete at the Memphis Invitational. Full results and coverage will be available on GoBlueRaiders.com.

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