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MT T&F completes first meet of 2014 at TSU

Four set new personal-bests while seven take home first

January 5, 2014 · @MTAthletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's and women's track & field teams had seven athletes take home a share of first place along with four set new personal-best times and distances at the Edward S. Temple Classic Sunday.

The MT women had an especially great day for a track meet that was meant to get them back into the swing of competition. Shaina Johnson and Crystal Gray each set new personal-best times in the 400-meter, with Johnson finishing in 58:09 and Gray in 58:49 for second and fourth, respectively.

New addition to the track team, Rhema Cheriuyot made her presence felt, winning the 3,000-meter in a time of 10:37.19. Adding another first place in the distance medley was the team of Rachel Islam, Autumn Gipson, Jackline Kiprono and Lucy Kapkiai, who completed the relay in 12:33.96.

Pershawna Williams and Barbara Vilson tied for first in the high jump, with jumps that cleared 1.73 meters, a new personal-best for both. Jessica Howell placed seventh in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 5.22 meters.

"There were some pretty good performances," Head Coach Dean Hayes said. "Pershawna Williams achieved a life-time personal-record in the high jump while Barbara Vilson tied her personal-best set in high school."

The Middle Tennessee men also had three athletes take home first place, yet none set new personal bests at instate rival Tennessee State.

Emmanuel Tugumisirize placed first in the 200-meter with a time of 22.03. He also aided in the second place finish of the 4x400-meter relay (10:26.17) with team members Andre Hamilton, Brandon Frey and Demetrius Shelton. Shelton captured the 400-meter crown, completing the race in 49.43.

Cordairo Golden continues his strong showing in the triple jump, remaining a perfect three meets and three first place finishes. He leaped 14.89 meters, which is exactly one meter short of his personal best set at the Sun Belt Championship Feb. 26, 2012. Golden also took home first collegiality in the long jump, hitting the mark of 7.04 meters and only being beat by an unattached athlete. Kameron Rory followed Golden's efforts with a third-place collegiate-finish in the long jump with a leap of 6.74 meters.

The Blue Raiders will make their first trip out of state this season, traveling to UAB for the Blazer Invite Friday and Saturday. UAB's indoor track is the host site for the Conference USA Championships Feb. 28, 2014

"We look forward to going to Birmingham with this being our first time as a team," Coach Hayes said.

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