Blue Raiders set for Rod McCravy Memorial

Performed well at Kentucky earlier this season

January 24, 2013 · Athletic Communications

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This Week...Middle Tennessee will compete at the Rod McCravey Memorial in Lexington, Ky. The event will be held at the E.J. Nutter Field House, where MT competed two weeks ago in the Kentucky Invitational. A complete schedule of events can be found here.

Athletes from over 20 different schools will compete in this weekend's events. Included in the schedule is the men's and women's pentathalon, which MT has not competed in this season. Future C-USA foe Marshall will have athletes competing Friday and Saturday.

Last time out...
Middle Tennessee competed in the Niswonger Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn., last weekend. The squad claimed three individual and one relay title. Ann Dudley (High Jump), Julia Kitevski (1 Mile Invitational) and Christal Wilson (60m hurdles) grabbed individual titles while the men's DMR team won their race.

The Trophy Shelf...
Middle Tennessee has picked up three Sun Belt Conference Athlete of the Week honors. Noah Akwu won the men's Sun Belt Track Athlete of the week after claiming titles in the men's 60 and 200-meter dashes at the Kentucky Invitational, while Rosina Amenebede and Cordairo Golden each won Sun Belt Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 9.

Atop the Sun Belt...
Middle Tennessee has seven athletes leading the Sun Belt in eight different events so far this year: Rosina Amenebede (Long Jump), Noah Awku (60m and 200m), Alden Dixon (5000m), Ann Dudley (High Jump), Autumn Gipson (Mile), Cordairo Golden (Triple Jump), Rachel Islam (800m) and France Makabu (Triple Jump). In addition, the women's Distance Medley Relay team of Gipson, Ginasia Hamilton, Rachel Islam and Lucy Kapkiai is leading the Sun Belt.

National Rankings...
Despite the season being relatively young, MT has several athletes currently in the top 20:
Rosina Amenebede: Long Jump (3rd)
Noah Awku: 200m (6th)
Ann Dudley: High Jump (16th)
France Makabu: Triple Jump (9th)

Olympian challenge...
Noah Akwu, who returned to the track for the first time after representing Nigeria in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, ran a 20.91 in the men's 200 meter dash at the Kentucky Invitational. U.S. Olympian Tyson Gay holds the 200m track record with a time of 20.41 seconds. Akwu will perform this weekend on the same track.

Comments from the Coach...
"We are getting a few more individuals back this weekend, so we'll almost have a complete team," head coach Dean Hayes said. "This meet will really about getting our runners, especially our distance runners, qualified for the appropriate heats in the Sun Belt, and gearing up for the final push this season. We only have three more meets, and two at home before the Sun Belt Championships, so it's coming up fast."

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