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Duo break MT school records

Rutto eclipsed his mark in the 800-meter, Tugumisirize in the 400-meter

January 25, 2014 · @MTAthletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Eliud Rutto and Emmanuel Tugumisirize set Middle Tennessee school records in the 800-meter and 400-meter and rank within the top-10 nationally in their respective events. MT track & field also had 26 athletes set or break 30 new personal-best times or distances.

Rutto, who broke the school indoor record in the 800-meter last week at the Auburn Invitational, bested his own mark with a time of 1:49.36. He narrowly beat out David Mokone from WKU, who placed second behind Rutto with a time of 1:49.95.

Tugumisirize running in the 400-meters broke the second MT record of the day with his time of 46.05. At that moment, his time ranked No. 1 in the nation collegiality before dropping to third behind two sub-46 second times. The previous Middle Tennessee record time of 46.36 had stood for nearly 13 years by Godfrey Herring, who set the mark in 2001.

Along with the efforts of the two record breakers, Tahir Walsh set a new personal-best mark in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash. His time of 6.83 seconds in the 60-meter was good enough to place him third on the day, while senior Kenneth Gilstrap finished fifth with a time of 6.87. Walsh also finished eighth in the 200-meter after posting a time of 21.76 seconds.

The women's team assembled 16 personal-best marks, including a new triple jump distance for Pershawna Williams. Williams reached a distance of 12.08 meters for an eighth place finish. 

Christal Wilson had a career-best time of 8.60 seconds in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries and finished fifth in the final after a slightly lower time of 8.75.

While Tugumisirize ran away with the show, he was not the only runner in the 400-meter to have a day to remember. Freshman Shaina Johnson finished sixth overall and second collegiality, while setting a new personal-best time of 55.81 seconds. The next two finishers for Middle Tennessee, freshmen Crystal Gray and Chelsea Caldwell, also set new personal-records with times of 57.60 and 59.18, respectively.

All four runners in the 800-meter also hit new career-best times, highlighted by Rachel Islam who ran 2:13.48 for eighth overall and sixth collegiality. Rhema Cheriuyot (2:22.50), Kelsey Jackson (2:25.17) and Jackline Kiprono (2:23.77) finished with best times.

Middle Tennessee returns to Tennessee State and Nashville next Saturday for the TSU Invitational.

Men's new personal-bests:
Junior Cadet - (60-meter hurdles, 8.03)
Bryson Lillard - (60-meter hurdles, 8.27)
Junior Cadet - (60-meter dash, 7.02)
Tahir Walsh - (60-meter dash, 6.83) (200-meter, 21.76)
Emmanuel Tugumisirize - (400-meter, 46.05)
Demitrius Shelton - (400-meter, 49.11)
James Messick - (400-meter, 49.43)
Eliud Rutto - (800-meter, 1:49.36)
Geoffrey Akena - (800-meter, 1:57.95)
Alden Dixon - (800-meter, 1:58.77)
Jamarious Jones - (800-meter, 1:58.90)
Demarcus Scales - (800-meter, 1:59.33)

Women's new personal-bests:
Pershawna Williams - (Triple jump, 12.08m)
Atarah Abdullah-Muhammad - (triple jump, 11.21m) (200-meter, 27.68)
Ashley Henry - (60-meter dash, 8.10) (200-meter, 26.63)
RhemaCheruiyot - (Mile, 5:15.67)
Shaina Johnson - (400-meter, 55.81)
Crystal Gray - (400-meter, 57.60)
Chelsea Caldwell - (400-meter, 59.18)
Rachel Islam - (800-meter, 2:13.48)
Rhema Cheruiyot - (800-meter, 2:22.50)
Kelsey Jackson - (800-meter, 2:25.17)
Jackline Kiprono - (800-meter, 2:23.77
Taylor Day - (200-meter, 25.62)
Jessica Howell - (200-meter, 26.10)
Ebony Branch - (200-meter, 27.73)

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