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MT T&F head to Nashville for two-day meet

Blue Raiders to compete in Vanderbilt's new indoor track complex

January 23, 2014 · MT Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee track & field teams are set to compete tomorrow and Saturday at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.

The meet will feature 11 women's teams and nine men's teams with the UAB women's team being the only other Conference USA school in attendance. Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Western Kentucky and the Vanderbilt women's team are also participating.

Vanderbilt has recently opened its 300-meter indoor complex and this weekend is the first time Middle Tennessee as a team is competing in the facility. Friday will only hold four races, the men's and women's distance medley and 5,000-meter races. Along with the track events, seven field events are scheduled with the first event to start at 5 p.m. with the men's 5,000-meter race concluding day one.

Day two's schedule will start at 10:30 a.m. with the 3,000-meter and conclude with the men's 4x400-meter relay. The men's and women's triple jump and shot put along with the women's pole vault round out the field events for Saturday.

MT's day one schedule will be thin with only a handful of athletes competing and mainly in the jumps. Pershawna Williams, Barbara Vilson and India Hammond have already had a chance to feel out the new surfaces after competing in the field events at the Music City Challenge Dec. 3. All three are scheduled in the high jump with Williams also in the long jump.

On Saturday, the Blue Raiders will focus more of their time with runners in nearly every event. Eliud Rutto is again running in the 800-meter with hopes of improving his MT record 1:50.19 time set last Saturday at Auburn. Emmanuel Tugumisirize hit a new personal-best in the 400-meter with a time of 47.05 last weekend and pulled down his third consecutive top-5 finish after placing second. Rutto and Tugumisirize also were a part of the men's 4x400-meter relay that posted a time of 3:10.55, which ranks 12th nationally.

"We are getting towards the end of the season and are trying to get some good times and good performances," said Head Coach Dean Hayes.

Live results are provided by clicking here. Results to be posted on GoBlueRaiders.com following the action each day. Admission is $5 for spectators each day.

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