MT T&F return to action in Nashville

Blue Raiders look to get back in action after month-long break

January 4, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's and women's track & field teams travel to Nashville Tenn., and the campus of Tennessee State to compete in the Edward S. Temple Classic Sunday, participating for the first time in 2014.

The Blue Raiders have yet to compete since the Christmas Invitational Dec. 7, 2013 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Middle Tennessee beat rivals TSU, Austin Peay and WKU in dual meet scoring and had 11 athletes take home first place honors with four setting new personal-bests.

The Edward S. Temple Classic features 15 separate events including, the one mile run, pole vault, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, weight throw, 55-meter hurdles, 55-meter dash, distance medley relay, 400-meter, 800-meter, 200-meter, 3,000-meter and 4x400-meter relay. The field is made up of seven teams, which include: Alabama A&M (men & women), Chattanooga (men & women), Florida A&M (men & women), Jackson State (men & women), Spartanburg Methodist College (men & women), Tennessee State (men & women) and Middle Tennessee (men & women).

MT looks to start off the meet on a high note with the one mile run and field events starting at 8 a.m. The women's mile run is an event that Julia Kitevski, Jackline Kiprono and Autumn Gipson finished 1-2-3 at the Christmas Invite.

The field events feature three athletes from the women's team that placed first at the Christmas Invite. Barbara Vilson and Pershawna Williams cleared 1.68 meters in the high jump to tie for first, while India Hammond set a new personal-best with a leap of 11.93 meters in the triple jump.

Following the attempts of Vilson and Williams in the jumps was Cordario Golden for the men, who jumped 15.17 meters for his second consecutive first place finish in the triple jump. He will look to improve on his mark of 15.74 meters set at the Music City Challenge Dec. 3.

Junior Cadet follows up his personal-best 55-meter hurdle time of 7.50 set at the Christmas Invite. Emmanual Tugumisirize and Eliud Rutto are set to challenge their new personal-best time of 48.50 in the 400-meter and 1:51.74 in the 800-meter, respectively.

"The basic thing is to try and get back into the slot of competing again," said Head Coach Dean Hayes. "It is really just kind of getting them back in shape and back to school."

The events will conclude around 4:30 p.m. (CT) with results to be posted on GoBlueRaiders.com afterward.

List of events with times:
8:00 a.m. Mile Run
Pole Vault
High Jump (After pole vault)
Long Jump
Triple Jump (After long jump)
Shot Put
Weight Throw
10:30 a.m. 55-meter Hurdle (Prelims)
55-meter Dash (Prelims)
Distance Medley Relay
55-meter Hurdle (Finals)
55-meter Dash (Finals)
4x400-meter Relay

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