Track & Field treks to Tiger Track Classic

MT makes annual trip to Auburn

April 6, 2012 · Athletic Communications

AUBURN, Ala. -- The Middle Tennessee track and field teams will return south this weekend when they head to Auburn, Ala., for the Tiger Track Classic.

The two-day meet is scheduled to get under way Friday evening with the men’s and women’s hammer throw and javelin events. The action will resume Saturday at 11 a.m. CT with the pole vault competition and the day will conclude with the men’s and women’s 3,000-meter run scheduled for 5:05 p.m. The full meet schedule can be viewed here.

Included in the field of competition is Charlotte, Georgia Tech, South Alabama, Syracuse, Troy and Wake Forest. You can view the complete heat sheets here.

“This meet will be the most challenging meet we have competed in so far this season,” said Middle Tennessee head coach Dean Hayes. “We will be among a large and very competitive field of teams, so it will be a good opportunity to see where we stack up against some of the best competition in the country.”

Rosina Amenebede and Amber Jackson both recorded successful results at last season’s meet. Amenebede placed as the fourth collegiate finisher in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.81 seconds while Jackson finished fourth in the 400 meters, clocking a 55.75. The 4x400-meter relay team highlighted the meet for the Blue Raider men as Noah Akwu, Steven Palmer and Roscoe Payne joined former Blue Raider Robert Carter to post a time of 3 minutes, 11.25 seconds in the event, good enough for a third-place finish.

France Makabu has gotten off to a very productive start to her 2012 outdoor season. The sophomore has notched two top-five finishes in the triple jump event including recording a personal-best leap of 41 feet, 10.00 inches (12.75 meters) at last weekend’s Yellow Jacket Invitational.

Freshman Sheniece Daphness meanwhile has been one of the best Blue Raider women sprinters this spring. The Brooklyn, N.Y., product crossed the finish line of the 100 meters in 12.32 seconds last weekend in Atlanta, good enough for a 10th-place finish while also tying her personal-best in the event which she set the prior weekend. She already has three top-10 finishes in the event this season while also adding a top-10 finish in the 200 meters.

On the men’s side, Cordairo Golden has made a smooth transition from indoor to outdoor season in 2012. The sophomore jumper has already posted personal-best marks in four events while capturing two event titles apiece in the long and triple jump competitions. His triple jump mark of 50-5.25 (15.37m) currently stands as the 19th best leap in the country so far this year.

The Blue Raider distance runners have been led by Robinson Simatei who has a total of three top-five finishes this spring. His best run this outdoor season came last weekend when he clocked a personal-best time of 9:36.53 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event, coming away with a runner-up finish.

Live statistics of the meet can be followed here.

Results of the meet will be posted on the teams’ Facebook and Twitter pages as soon as they become available. A full recap and results will be available on GoBlueRaiders.com on Saturday evening.

Follow the Blue Raider track and field teams on Twitter @MTTrackField and on Facebook at the MT Track & Field page. Also, stay up-to-date on the teams on the new Track & Field Notebook, which can be found here as well as linked on the Track & Field page on GoBlueRaiders.com.

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