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Six titles highlight final day of regular season for track and field

Will compete in Sun Belt Championships, May 10-12

April 27, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - On the final day of Middle Tennessee's outdoor track and field regular season, Middle Tennessee had two Top 5 finishes at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Penn., and won six titles at the Coach "O" Invitational in Troy, Ala., on Saturday.

At the Penn Relays, Cordairo Golden was fourth in the men's triple jump championships, hitting a mark of 15.58 meters. Just after Golden's finish, the Blue Raiders' 4x200 "A" team was third in the "men's 4x200 meter relay Championship of America" event. The squad of Emmanuel Tugumisirize, Andre Hamilton, Tahir Walsh and Noah Akwu improved on yesterday's qualifying time to cross the line in 1:23.38.

The team of Tugumisirize, Hamilton, Eliud Rutto and Akwu also took sixth in the "Men's 4x400 meter relay Championship of America," finishing in 3:07.60.

Autumn Gipson won the first of two 3,000 meter steeplechase championships at the Coach "O" Invitational. Gipson ran a personal best time of 10:59.10 to finish more than 30 seconds ahead of the second-place competitor. Robinson Simatei followed up Gipson's performance with an impressive time of 8:34.96 in the men's race.

The Blue Raiders also had championships in the men's and women's 1,500 meter runs, starting with Lucy Kapkiai's time of 4:45.92 in the women's race. Silas Taiget was first on the men's side, finishing in 3:58.63.

After not competing in last week's Vanderbilt Invitational, Amber Jackson jumped back into competition with a time of 2:11.88 in the women's 800 meter run.

Jasmine Abrams won MT's final title of the day as she hit a personal best mark of 24.77 seconds in the 200 meter dash.

The Blue Raiders will take next weekend off before competing in the Sun Belt Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 10-12 in Miami, Fla.

Penn Relay Results (MT Only)

Men's 4x200 Meter Relay Championship of America
3. Middle Tennessee (1:23.38)
Tugumisirize, Hamilton, Walsh, Akwu

Men's 4x400 Meter Relay Championship of America
6. Middle Tennessee (3:07.60)
Tugumisirize, Hamilton, Rutto, Akwu

Men's Triple Jump Championships
4. Cordairo Golden (15.58m / 51-1.5 feet)

Coach "O" Invitational Results (MT Only)

Women's High Jump
3. Pershawna Williams (1.61m)

Women's Long jump
8. Pershawna Williams (5.01m)
-- India Hammond (FOUL)

Men's Long Jump
6. Kameron Rory (7.03m)
10. Nigel Jones (6.49m)

Women's Triple Jump
5. Pershawna Williams (11.86m)
9. India Hammond (11.25m)

Men's Triple Jump
8. Kameron Rory (13.82m)
11. Nigel Jones (13.45m)

Women's 3,000 Meter Steeplechase
1. Autumn Gipson (10:59.10)

Men's 3,000 Meter Steeplechase
1. Robinson Simatei (9:34.96)

Men's 4x100 Meters
5. Middle Tennesee (42.22)
Calhoun, Ellison, Gilstrap, Messick

Women's 1,500 Meters
1. Lucy Kapkiai (4:45.92)
2. Stephanie Smith (4:48.93)
8. Julia Kitevski (4:58.92)
11. Jackline Kiprono (5:00.51)

Men's 1,500 Meters
1. Silas Taiget (3:58.63)
2. Shadrack Matelong (3:59.06)
6. Alden Dixon (4:07.80)
8. Keith Davis (4:09.46)

Women's 400 Meters
4. Tressanique Hampton (59.44)
6. Ginasia Hamilton (59.47)

Men's 400 Meters
4. Rycine Ellison (49.18)
5. Geoffrey Akena (49.24)
6. Demetrius Shelton (49.63)

Men's 100 Meters
9. Drayton Calhoun (10.82 / 2.4 wind)

Women's 800 Meters
1. Amber Jackson (2:11.88)
9. Jasmine Nesbitt (2:33.16)
14. Adreonna Williams (2:43.91)

Men's 800 Meters
3. Daniel Ketter (1:56.57)
4. Asa Bowman (1:57.03)
6. Lyle Haywood (1:57.57)
9. Robinson Simatei (1:59.36)
11. Alden Dixon (2:00.14)
12. DeMarco Scales (2:00.96)
16. Jamarious Jones (2:02.78)

Women's 400 Meter Hurdles
6. Rachel Islam (1:04.64)
7. India Hammond (1:05.27)

Men's 400 Meter Hurdles
6. Steven Palmer (55.36)
9. Bryson Lillard (57.40)

Women's 200 Meters
1. Jasmine Abrams (24.77 / 0.3 wind)
2. Sheniece Daphness (24.97 / 2.8 wind)

Men's 200 Meters
6. James Messick (21.91 / 1.4 wind)

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