MT grabs second team All-America honors in 4x400-meter relays
Raiders record seventh best time in school historyJune 6, 2013 · @MTAthletics
Eugene, Ore. - The Middle Tennessee men's 4x400-meter relay team capped a successful 2013 outdoor season with second team All-America honors at the NCAA Championship semifinals on Thursday evening.
The Blue Raiders clocked a time of 3:06.80 to place 13th out of 24 teams. MT was sixth out of eight teams in a very strong first heat. LSU and Arkansas earned automatic bids to the NCAA finals with first and second place finishes in the opening heat.
The quartet consisted of Emmanuel Tugumisirize, Andre Hamilton, Demetrius Shelton and Noah Akwu. Thursday's time was just .12 tenths off of the Raider's previous season-best of 3:06.68. The run at the NCAAs was the seventh best in program history.
"That's our second fastest time of the year," noted head coach Dean Hayes. "Emmanuel Tugumisirize ran 44.7 for an anchor leg, which may be one of the fastest one's we've ever had. It was a great all-around performance as far as I am concerned. We beat almost every team that beat us in our region. We've got 10th in our region and only three teams beat us out of our region today. I am satisfied and so far this meet has been good for us."
On Friday, first team All-American Eliud Rutto will compete for a national title in the 800-meter run at 5:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. CT. The event is set to broadcast live on ESPNU.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS - DAY 2 (MT Only)
4x400-meter Relays Semifinals
13. Middle Tennessee (Emmanuel Tugumisirize, Andre Hamilton, Demetrius Shelton and Noah Akwu) - 3:06.80
Friend of the Blue Raiders? Like us on Facebook and become part of the True Blue army today.
More Track & Cross Country NewsMar 1, 2014: Rutto wins 800-meter, Tugumisrize 400-meter at C-USA
Feb 28, 2014: Eight Blue Raiders advance to C-USA Indoor Finals
Feb 27, 2014: C-USA Indoor T&F Championships start Friday
Feb 22, 2014: Hammond triple jumps to C-USA best
Feb 21, 2014: T&F head to Notre Dame for Alex Wilson Invite
Feb 15, 2014: T&F finish weekend at ISU Classic