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MT grabs second team All-America honors in 4x400-meter relays

Raiders record seventh best time in school history

June 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

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