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T&F at Tiger Track Classic

Blue Raiders among 26 teams in competition

April 3, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee track & field teams travel to Auburn, Ala., April 4-5 to compete in the Tiger Track Classic, hosted by Auburn.

The meet starts at 2 p.m. Friday with the men's and women's hammer throw and concludes that night with the men's 5,000-meter. Saturday features a full slate of events with field events starting at 11 a.m. and track events at noon. Twenty-six men's and women's teams are competing in the event with Maine and Campbell bringing their men's teams only and West Georgia, Tuskegee, Holy Cross and Western Carolina bringing their women's squads.

Middle Tennessee last competed March 28-29 at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta, while Lucy Kapkiai and Jackline Kiprono ran in the Raleigh Relays March 28 in Raleigh, N.C. Kapkiai was named Conference USA Female Track Athlete of the Week Tuesday, after breaking the school record in the 10,000-meter, completing the run in 35:04.76 and cutting nearly 40 seconds off her previous-best time. She finished fifth overall in Raleigh and ranks third in the NCAA and first in C-USA in the event.

Eliud Rutto claimed his first 800-meter crown of the outdoor season and like Kapkiai broke the school record in the event, setting a new time of 1:47.97. Rutto previously held the distinction after a 1:48.07 performance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 8, 2013. His time is ranked second in the NCAA, only behind Nick Hartle of UCLA, who posted a time of 1:47.51 March 9. Rutto is scheduled to run in the 1,500-meter in Auburn.

Shadrack Matelong added another first place finish for MT in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Yellow Jacket Invite, running a person-best 9:13.11. Two other Blue Raiders finished second with Junior Cadet contending in the 400-meter hurdles (55.76) and India Hammond competing in the triple jump (12.42-meters). Matelong like Rutto will run in the 1,500, while Cadet will compete in the 400-meter hurdles and the 110-meter hurdles. Hammond is slated to participate in three events, the long jump, triple jump and 100-meter hurdles.

Emmanuel Tugumisirize will race in the 400-meter for the first time this outdoor season. He competed in the men's 4x400-meter relay at the Alabama Relays March 22, helping MT to a sixth place finish with a time of 3:13.36.

Live results are available by visiting Deltatiming.com with results to be posted on GoBlueRaiders.com following the conclusion of events each day.

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