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Blue Raiders back in action for the first time since TSU Invite Feb. 1

February 13, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee track & field teams will venture to two different meets, with a select few athletes traveling to the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa Feb. 14-15 and the majority of the teams competing at the Cupid Classic in Birmingham, Ala.

The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Andre Hamilton, Steven Palmer, Eliud Rutto and Emmanuel Tugumisirize are set to compete in Ames. The four-man squad is currently ranked 21st in the NCAA with a time of 3:10.55, which was posted at the Auburn Invitational Jan. 18. 

Joining the men's mile relay team are Cordario Golden, Vincent Okot and India Hammonds. Golden is attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the triple jump and has not eclipsed his best mark of 15.74-meters set at the Music City Challenge Dec. 3. Golden's mark is second best in Conference USA, only behind UTEP's Mark Jackson, who leapt 16.21 meters at the New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational Jan. 24.

Okot also is going to compete in the triple jump and currently registers the ninth best distance in C-USA, having cleared 14.60 meters in his first collegiate meet for Middle Tennessee at the TSU Invite Feb. 1. 

Hammonds is the lone competitor for the women's squad to venture to Iowa. She ranks second in the triple jump in C-USA with a distance of 12.73-meters set at the TSU Invite. UTEP's Nickevea Wilson holds the best distance in C-USA with a mark of 12.89-meters and like Jackson achieved her best distance at the UNM Cherry and Silver Invitational. Hammonds is also tied for first in the long jump, clearing a mark of 6.02-meters at the Christmas Invitational Dec. 7.

The remaining Blue Raiders will compete in Birmingham for the third time this season Friday, having competed in the UAB Blazer Invite Jan. 11 and the Auburn Indoor Invitational Jan. 18. 

Middle Tennessee last competed at Tennessee State Feb. 1, taking a week off before traveling to Birmingham this weekend. The women's squad collected 13 personal-best times and four first-place finishes at the TSU Invite. 

Pershawna Williams and Barbara Vilson each placed in the top five in the high jump at the invite. Williams cleared 1.68-meters for second place, while Vilson finished fifth (J1.68m). Willliams had her best place of the season in the triple jump, finishing second with a distance of 12.05 meters.

Of the Blue Raiders who placed first, Shaina Johnson took home the 400-meter crown with a time of 55.64 seconds. Hammonds placed first in the triple jump (12.73m), while Christal Wilson (7.97) and Jackline Kiprono placed first in the 55-meter hurdles and the 5,000-meter (17:45.26), respectively.

The men's team added two first place finishes at TSU, with Golden placing in the triple jump (15.08m) and Andre Hamilton (22.04) in the 200-meter. Hamilton and teammate Demeitrius Shelton finished one and two in the 200-meter with Shelton's time coming in at 22.09 seconds.

Results will be posted following the end of the respective meets Friday and Saturday with live results available through Flotrack.org and Xpresstiming.com.

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