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MT T&F with sweep of Austin Peay, TSU and WKU

Four Blue Raiders set new personal bests

December 7, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee track & field teams made it a perfect sweep Saturday night against Austin Peay, Western Kentucky and Tennessee State, beating all three in dual meet scoring.

The Blue Raiders posted scores of 68.00 and 64.00 against the WKU (40.00) and Tennessee State (38.00) men's squads. On the women's side, MT outscored WKU 79.00 to 33.00, Tennessee State 68.00 to 55.00 and Austin Peay 73.00 to 39.00.

Individually, the Blue Raiders had 11 athletes take home first place, including a 1-2-3 finish in the women's one mile run. Julia Kitevski placed first in the mile with a time of 5:07.18, while Jackline Kiprono and Autumn Gipson finished with times of 5:08.89 and 5:10.16 for second and third, respectively. Also, Rachel Islam took home first place in the 800-meter with a time of 2:13.86, knocking off her personal best time of 2:14.96 set at last season's Rod McCravy Memorial Jan. 25.

Also tying for a first place finish in the high jump was Barbara Vilson and Pershawna Williams, clearing 1.68 meters. Williams finished second at the Music City Challenge last Tuesday with a jump of 1.70 meters. Closing out the first places finishes for the Middle Tennessee women was India Hammond, who made a leap of 11.93 meters in the triple jump, tying her personal best mark set at last year's Christmas Invitational Dec. 8, 2012.

On the men's side, the Blue Raiders posted five track first place finishes with one field event. Cordairo Golden, who leapt 15.74 meters at the Music City Challenge, came up just short of that mark with a jump of 15.17 meters, yet still resulted in his second-consecutive first place finish.

MT captured the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles, with times of 6.45 and 7.50 seconds by Tahir Walsh and Junior Cadet, respectively. Cadet's 7.50 is a personal best, eclipsing his 7.81 time set at the Valentine Invitational Feb. 11, 2012.

Steven Palmer ran his way to the 200-meter crown, posting a time of 21.95, while Emmanuel Tugumisirize ran the 400-meter in 47.33. On a day built on setting standards going into 2014, Tugumisirize broke his previous best time of 48.50 seconds set at last season's Sun Belt Indoor Championships.

Eliud Rutto and Shadrack Matelong, running mates in cross country, finished first in the 800-meter and 3,000-meter, with times of 1:51.74 and 8:34.01, respectively. Rutto, who owns the school record in the 800-meter outdoor, passed his personal best indoor time of 1:53.81 set at the Valentine Invitational Feb. 8, 2013.

Middle Tennessee will be back in action Jan. 5, 2014 at the Tennessee State Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.

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