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Rutto claims 800-meter title at C-USA Outdoor Championships

Men finish eighth, women 10th

May 18, 2014 · @MTAthletics

HOUSTON - Eliud Rutto became the first Middle Tennessee Conference USA Outdoor Champion in the 800-meters on the final day of the C-USA Championships, while the men's team finished eighth and the women's team placed 10th at the Holloway Field and Ley Track Sunday.

Rutto raced to a first-place finish in the 800 with a time of 1:48.88, becoming the only Middle Tennessee outdoor individual champion. Rutto added a third-place finish in the 1,500-meter run (3:46.19), while Hillary Rono finished ninth (3:53.76).

Junior Cadet scored in two separate events for the Blue Raiders, finishing second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.11) and seventh in the 400-meter hurdles (55.12). Adding to the men's team totals were Emmanuel Tugumisirize, Cordairo Golden and Vincent Okot. Tugumisirize helped the men's squad with a second-place performance in the 400-meter (46.48), while Golden captured second in the triple jump (15.83-meters) and Vincent Okot sixth (15.01m).

In the 4x400-meter relay, Andre Hamilton, Steven Palmer, Geoffrey Akena and Demitrius Shelton finished fifth with a time of 3:11.36 and was the only relay team to score for either the Middle Tennessee men's or women's squads.

The men's team finished with a total of 49 points through 21 events. UTSA captured the C-USA crown with 172 points, while UTEP finished second with 136 and East Carolina third with 124 points.

For the women's squad, India Hammond scored in the triple jump and the 100-meter hurdles. In the triple jump, she leaped a career-best 13.05-meters for third place, while teammate Pershawna Williams finished seventh with a distance of 12.44-meters. Hammond added a fifth-place finish in the hurdles with a time of 13.88 seconds and Christal Wilson finished sixth in 14.00 seconds.

Tressanique Hampton set a career-best time in the 800 en route to a third-place finish (2:10.53). Joining Hampton in the 800 finals was Rachel Islam, who finished sixth in 2:14.64. Freshman Shaina Johnson also placed sixth in the 400-meter in a personal-best 54.84 seconds.

The MT women's team finished with 44.50 points for 10th place. East Carolina won the women's title with 140 points, UTEP finished second with 88 and Rice placed third with 74 points.

Men's 4x100-meter relay:
10. Demitrius Shelton, Tahir Walsh, Steven Palmer, Junior Cadet - 41.65

Women's 4x100-meter relay:
11. Sheniece Daphness, Christal Wilson, Crystal Gray, India Hammond - 46.27

Men's 1,500-meter:
3. Eliud Rutto - 3:46.19
9. Hillary Rono - 3:53. 76

Men's 110-meter hurdles:
2. Junior Cadet - 14.11

Women's 100-meter hurdles:
5. India Hammond - 13.88
6. Christal Wilson - 14.00

Men's 400-meter:
2. Emmanuel Tugumisirize - 46.48

Women's 400-meter:
6. Shaina Johnson - 54.84 (PR)

Men's 800-meter:
1. Eliud Rutto - 1:48.88

Women's 800-meter:
3. Tressanique Hampton - 2:10.53 (PR)
6. Rachel Islam - 2:14.64

Men's 400-meter hurdles:
7. Junior Cadet - 55.12

Men's 5,000-meter:
12. Silas Taiget - 15:11.80
15. Alden Dixon - 15:22.10

Women's 5,000-meter:
13. Rhema Cheruiyot - 17:40. 34
31. Julia Kitevski - 18:46. 58 (PR)

Men's 4x400-meter relay:
5. Andre Hamilton, Geoffrey Akena, Steven Palmer, Demitrius Shelton - 3:11.36

Women's 4x400-meter relay:
9. Shaina Johnson, Taylor Day, Tressanique Hampton, Barbara Vilson - 3:44.13

Men's triple jump:
2. Cordairo Golden - 15.83-meters
6. Vincent Okot - 15.01-meters
17. Kameron Rory - 13.16-meters

Women's triple jump:
3. India Hammond - 13.05-meters (PR)
7. Pershawna Williams - 12.44-meters

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