MT concludes first 2014 outdoor meet

Four athletes, five teams finish in top 10

March 22, 2014 · @MTAthletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Four middle Tennessee athletes and five teams finished in the top 10 on the final day of the Alabama Relays to conclude the first outdoor meet of 2014.

"For the first meet outdoors we did okay," said Head Coach Dean Hayes. "There was nothing spectacular but there were some solid performances and that is all you can ask for."

Tahir Walsh and Tressanique Hampton each placed fifth in the 100-meter dash (10.49) and the 800-meter run ( 2:12.49), respectively. Hampton competed in her first event of the 2013-14 season and her time of 2:12.49 in the 800-meter is a new personal-best.

India Hammond continued her opening weekend success by placing eighth in the long jump (5.79-meters) and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.17). Hammond's time of 14.17 seconds in the hurdles ties her personal-best time set at the 2013 Sun Belt Championships.

"I was pleased with both 4x100-meter relays; they did pretty well," Hayes said. "It was a good meet for us to get use to being outdoors again. It has been about four weeks since we had a team meet, so this weekend was pretty good."

The women's 4x100-meter relay team of Sheniece Daphness, Crystal Wilson, Crystal Gray and Hammond finished fourth (46.46), while the men's squad of Walsh, Demetrius Shelton, Junior Cadet and Steven Palmer placed fifth (40.99).

The women's distance medley relay team of Lucy Kapkiai, Chelsea Caldwell, Rachel Islam and Jackline Kiprono placed third with a time of 12:19.37. The women's 1,600-meter relay team of Johnson, Day, Barbara Vilson and Gray finished ninth (3:49.46), while the men's team of Shelton, Palmer, Eliud Rutto and Emmanuel Tugumisirze placed third (3:13.36).

Middle Tennessee will be back in action Saturday at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta, Ga.

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