Flying Tigers continue to grow this season at MTSU
Saturday, February 13, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's track and field team concluded the regular indoor season at the Valentine's Invitational hosted by Middle Tennessee State on Saturday (2/13) at the Murphy Center.

The Flying Tigers were spotlighted with improvements on the track in several events.

The 4x400-relay team highlighted the event with a second-place finish posting their fastest time of the season at 3:17.32. The mark was converted due to the Murphy Center's track to 3:16.12. The team remains second in the OVC ranks in the event this season.

Nathaniel Moore made his 55-meter dash debut squeaking into the finals with a qualifying time of 6.52 seconds.  In his first collegiate appearance in the event, Moore captured third place with a clocking of 6.47 seconds moving into second on the OVC list this season in the event.

In the 800-meter dash, Chris Hobbs cracked the two-minute mark with a third place finish in the event at 1:58.02. The time is Hobbs' fastest of the season in the event.

Michael Rideout, coming off of one of his best performances of the season last week, finished fourth in the 400m with a time of 49.66 seconds.

For the 55-meter hurdles, Arthur Combest captured fourth place running a time of 7.72 seconds. He earlier qualified for the finals running 7.83 seconds. He was joined in the finals by teammate Marquis Hunter who completed the event in sixth. Hunter posted a final time of 8.06 seconds after qualifying with at 8.27 seconds.

In the long jump, Xavier Walton jumped 22" 03.0 (6.78m) for sixth place. The mark and place was the team's best showing in the field events on the day.

Next, the Flying Tigers will take a week off of competition before competing in the 2010 OVC Indoor Track and Field Championship. The meet is scheduled for Feb. 26 - 27 and will be hosted by Tennessee State University at the Wilma Rudolph Indoor Track inside the Gentry Center.