MT T&F finish first day at Blazer Invite

Six Blue Raiders finish in top-5

January 10, 2014 · @MTAthletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Middle Tennessee track & field teams started off the first day of the Blazer Invite getting accustomed to the surroundings of the Birmingham CrossPlex, while placing six in the top-5.

Eliud Rutto was the lone Blue Raider to take home a first place finish. Rutto ran the 1,000-meter in 2:29.81, besting Tennessee's Jeremy Dickie by nearly five seconds.

Cordario Golden continued his success in the triple jump with a second-place finish after a leap of 14.95 meters. Mississippi's Phillip Young fouled on four of his five attempts, but needed only the one jump to beat Golden. The margin of victory was less than .04 meters or one and a half inches. Golden's second place finish in the triple jump is the first time this season that he has not placed first after previously taking winning the event at the Music City Challenge, Christmas Invite and Edward S. Temple Classic.

Rounding out the successful day for the men's squad was Junior Cadet and Bryson Lillard, who both qualified for the 60-meter hurdle finals tomorrow. Lilliard competed in the first flight and ran the hurdles in 8.30. Cadet bested Lillard's time, by .10 seconds and finished third in his prelim. Also, Demetrius Shelton finished fourth in the 300-meter dash with a time of 34.07 seconds.

For the women's team, three events produced top-5 results. India Hammond jumped 12.23 meters in the triple jump and set a new personal-best distance, surpassing her previous mark of 11.93 meters.

Rhema Cheriuyot finished third in her first collegiate 1,000-meter race with a time of 3:03.70. Adding to the success from day one was the women's distance medley relay. The team of Autumn Gipson, Barbara Vilson, Rachel Islam and Jackline Kiprono finished second with a time of 12:00.89.

"We had a good day, and got use to the track," said Head Coach Dean Hayes.

The Blazer Invite will continue tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. with the men's and women's 5,000-meter.

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