Tugumisirize named C-USA Co-Athlete of the Week

Follows teammate Rutto to back-to-back AOW honors

January 28, 2014 · @MTAthletics

IRVING, Texas - Emmanuel Tugumisirize has been named Conference USA Men's Indoor Track Co-Athlete of the Week with UTEP's Mark Jackson, as announced by the conference office today.

Tugumisirize broke the 400-meter Middle Tennessee indoor record last Saturday, while competing at the Vanderbilt Invitational. His time of 46.05 seconds broke the previous mark set by Godfrey Herring that stood since 2001. Tugumisirize's time also ranks third nationally behind Texas A&M's Done Londore (45.74) and Florida's Arman Hall (45.84).

"The guy who held the record before, Godfrey Herring, was one of the guys that loved to compete and you loved to watch," said Head Coach Dean Hayes. "This guy [Tugumisirize] is fun to watch and is really competitive on a relay like Herring was, which is part of what has really been great."

Co-Athlete of the Week Mark Jackson registered a personal-best 16.21 meters in the triple-jump at the University of New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational Jan. 24. Jackson's distance sits as at the top of C-USA and ranks third in the nation.

Tugumisirize joins teammate Eliud Rutto in winning C-USA honors, with Rutto winning last week after breaking the school record in the 800-meter and ranking within the NCAA top-10. Both also rank No. 1 in their respective events for C-USA.

"Tugumisirize works very hard and it is a great reward for him to get something like this," Hayes said. "He does what he is supposed to do and has really improved since coming here."

Middle Tennessee and Tugumisirize are set to compete Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. at the TSU Invitational.

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