Middle Tennessee finishes rainy day at Georgia Tech

Rutto breaks his own MT school record in the 800-meter

March 29, 2014 · @MTAthletics

ATLANTA - Middle Tennessee concluded the Yellow Jacket Invitational with two first place finishes and four personal-best times, while Eliud Rutto broke his own MT outdoor 800-meter record.

"The weather made the meet very interesting and in spite of the weather we had some good performances," said Head Coach Dean Hayes. "It seemed to get colder and colder. Every ten minutes it was completely different. For the weather, I am happy with the results we received. We got some very good performances from Eliud Rutto, Shadrack Matelong and India Hammond."

Rutto broke his own Middle Tennessee school record in the 800-meter, finishing with a time of 1:47.97. Rutto's previous-best time came at the NCAA Championships June 8, 2013 (1:48.07). Shadrack Matelong captured first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while setting his personal-best time of 9:13.11. Alden Dixon also added a third-place finish for Middle Tennessee in the steeplechase (9:40.31).

Junior Cadet continued the success for the men's squad, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles (55.76). The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Asa Bowman, Demarcus Scales, Jamarious Jones and Hillary Rono added a fourth place finish with a time of 3:27.91.

For the women's squad, India Hammond finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 12.42-meters. Hammond's distance was narrowly short of her personal-best distance (12.68m), which she set at the Alabama Relays March 22.

Shaina Johnson set a personal-best time in the 400-meter (55.60) and Jessica Howell did the same in the 110-meter hurdles (15.42). Barbara Vilson and Pershawna Williams tied for fifth in the high jump with a leap of 1.65-meters.

Middle Tennessee competes again April 4 at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala.

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