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Jumpers highlight Friday’s action at Sea Ray Invitational

Dudley, Golden, Makabu each top-collegiates

April 13, 2012 · Athletic Communications

KNOXVILLE,Tenn. -- Middle Tennessee jumpers Ann Dudley, Cordairo Golden and France Makabu each collected top-collegiate finishes in their respective jumps events to lead the Blue Raider track and field teams on Friday at the Sea Ray Invitational.

Dudley cleared the bar at 5 feet, 10 inches (1.78 meters) in the women’s high jump competition while Makabu jumped 41-3.25 (12.58m) in the triple jump. The top-five results are the third of the season for both in their events.

Golden meanwhile recorded a measurement of 48-9.50 (14.87m) in the men’s triple jump for his fourth top-five finish in five meets this year.

Middle Tennessee also had a good day in the hurdle events on Friday. Rosina Amenebede led the way for the women, finishing fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.71 seconds. Dudley also came away with a top-10 finish in the event, placing eighth while clocking a 13.99.

Roscoe Payne propelled the Blue Raider men, notching a fourth-place finish while posting a time of 14.06 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.

In the 400-meter hurdle events, Junior Cadet placed fourth while Asa Bowman finished ninth with respective times of 54.37 and 57.30 seconds. Rachel Islam finished 12th in the women’s race, crossing the finish line in 1:04.82.

Kiara Henry led the way for the women in the 100 meters, finishing third with a time of 11.85 seconds.

The men’s squad also bagged a couple of top-10 finishes in the 200 and 800-meter dashes. Demetrius Shelton clocked a 21.78 in the 200 meters to finish 10th while Robinson Simatei placed eighth in the 800 meters, completing the race in 1:54.68.

“Today was definitely a good day overall,” said Middle Tennessee head coach Dean Hayes. “A number of athletes performed extremely well and came away with great results. I am looking forward to Saturday to see what we can do.”

The Blue Raiders will continue competing in the Sea Ray Invitational on Saturday as the relay events will highlight the day’s action. Middle Tennessee will also have athletes competing in Nashville as the Boston Moon Classic gets under way.

Live statistics of the Sea Ray Invitational can be followed here while the Boston Moon Classic can be kept up with here.

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