Track and Field preps for Vanderbilt Invitational

Meet close to home means 'fun' and 'relaxing' weekend for Blue Raiders

April 19, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's and women's track teams will travel to Nashville this weekend for the Vanderbilt Invitational. The Blue Raiders had an impressive weekend of competition last time out, breaking two school records and setting several personal bests at both the Sea Rays Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., and the Boston Moon Classic in Nashville.

"We've done a good job so far getting most of our people in the NCAA Regional," Coach Dean Hays said. "We'll have a few races left to get people in better Sun Belt position for the Conference Championships next month."

MT currently has 36 athletes in the top-10 on the SBC performance list, including three five No. 1 spots, held by Cordairo Golden, Eliud Rutto, Robinson Simatei, Emmanuel Tugumisirize and the men's 4 x 400 meter relay team comprised of Tugumisirize, Andre Hamilton, Rutto and Noah Akwu.

Last weekend the men's 4 x 1,500 team of Daniel Ketter, Eliud Rutto, Alden Dixon and Silas Taiget broke the school record by over 12 seconds with a time of 16:11.65 at the Sea Rays Relays. Also the men's 4 x 800 team of Ketter, Rutto, Asa Bowman and Lyle Haywood finished second in Knoxville. Those teams have set the bar high for relay teams as Middle Tennessee is still looking for the right combination for the 4 x 100 meter relay.

Lucy Kapkiai shattered her previous school record in the women's 10,000 meters. Her time of 35:47.01 was nearly 45 seconds faster than her old personal best of 36:33.63

At the Boston Moon Classic, Cordairo Golden won the men's triple jump after jumping 51 feet, just shy of his personal best in a Blue Raider uniform. India Hammond finished runner-up in the 100 meter hurdles and triple jump, as Pershawna Williams was fourth in the triple jump and seventh in the long jump.

The Vanderbilt Invitational will be a good way to see how the team stacks up with other teams from the area as well across the nation.

"It's a meet that is close to home so it should be more fun for our athletes and should be more relaxing for them too," Hays said. "We tend to do well when we go up there so we'll look to do that again."

The meet begins Friday and will finish up on Saturday at Vanderbilt.

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