MT's Christmas Invite final meet before 2014 slate

Saturday's meet is the only 2013-14 track event in Murfreesboro

December 6, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's and women's track & field teams are set to host the Christmas Invitational Saturday, Dec. 7. The indoor meet features 13 separate events, starting at 11:30 a.m. on the third floor of the Murphy Center.

Four schools will be represented at the invite, including host MT, Austin Peay, Tennessee State and Western Kentucky. In addition, Lindsey Wilson College plans to have one runner compete.

The meet will consist of 13 events on the men's and women's sides including, shot put, long jump, high jump, weight throw, triple jump, one mile run, 400-meter, 55-meter hurdles, 55-meter dash, 800-meter, 200-meter, 3,000-meter and one mile relay.

The Blue Raiders have 21 women and 20 men looking to see where they stand at this weekend's meet, including the six athletes that competed last week.

"The biggest thing is to close down the fall semester, where they have worked out and tried to get in shape," said Head Coach Dean Hayes. "It is like a final exam like classes, so when they go home for Christmas vacation they can see where they stand and hopefully encourage them to work out hard while on vacation."

For the men, Cordario Golden and Junior Cadet bring back their winning ways from the Music City Challenge, taking home first place in the triple jump and the 60-meter hurdles, respectively. Cadet set a new personal-best, running the hurdles in 8.14 seconds and eclipsing his personal-best of 8.42 seconds set at the Niswonger Invitational Jan. 18, 2012.

Middle Tennessee also welcomes back Eliud Rutto, who placed second in the 800-meter at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships last season with a time of 1:55.96.

On the women's side, Middle Tennessee has eight new student-athletes in Atarah Abdullah-Muhammed, Chelsea Caldwell, Brooklyn Cole, Taylor Day, Crystal Gray, Jessica Howell, Shaina Johnson and Barbara Vilson.

"Barbara Vilson in the high jump has done a good job; she jumped well at Vanderbilt the other night," Hayes said. "I also would like to see what Shaina Johnson can do, and Crystal Gray has looked pretty good this fall."

Accompanying the new additions are Jackline Kiprono, Rachel Islam, Julia Kitevski and Hannah Northam, who all competed in cross country this fall. Kiprono and Kitevski are scheduled to compete in the 3,000-meter, while Islam is competing in the 800-meter.

Pershawna Williams is set to leap her way past the competition, participating in the long jump, triple jump and the high jump. Williams finished second in the high jump at Tuesday's Music City Challenge, clearing 1.70 meters (5'7").

Christal Wilson is set to toe the line in the 200-meter and the 55-meter hurdles. Wilson placed third at last season's Sun Belt Championships with a season-best time of 7.96.

List of events with times:

Time Event
11:30 a.m. Shot put (W/M)

Long jump (W/M)

High jump (W/M)

Weight throw (W/M), following the shot put

Triple jump (W/M), following long jump

2:00 p.m. One mile run (W/M)

2:20 p.m. 400-meter (W/M)

2:40 p.m. 55-meter hurdles (W/M)

55-meter dash (W/M)

3:30 p.m. 800-meter (W/M)

3:50 p.m. 200-meter (W/M)

4:15 p.m. 3,000-meter (W/M)

5:00 p.m. One mile relay (W/M)

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