ED TEMPLE CLASSIC
Sunday, Jan. 8
Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn.
FIELD EVENTS - 8 a.m. | TRACK EVENTS - 10:30 a.m.
STARTING LINE: After more than a month away from competition, the Tennessee State men’s and women’s track and field teams return to action to host the Ed Temple Classic at the Gentry Center on Sunday. Field events get underway at 8 a.m., and action on the track will begin at 10:30 a.m. It is the only home meet on TSU’s schedule this season.
THE FIELD: Tennessee State will be competing against student-athletes from Middle Tennessee, Kentucky State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, in addition to athletes competing unattached or with their club teams.
LAST TIME OUT: The Tigerbelles and Flying Tigers kicked off the 2016-17 indoor season at the Vanderbilt Opener on Dec. 3. Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) claimed victory in the 800m, and Kareem Nicholas (Atlanta, Ga.) won the triple jump. Prince also helped the Flying Tigers earn a win in the 4x400m relay in 3:14.96 alongside David Jones (St. Louis, Mo.), Jontue McDowell (Jacksonville, Fla.) and James Faison (Decatur, Ga.).
All-American Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) shined for the Tigerbelles, clocking in with a winning time of 8.51 in the 60m hurdles. Hughes then teamed with Kayla Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.), Alexia King (Atlanta, Ga.) and Christian Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) for a 3:47.34 finish in the 4x400m relay for third place.
IN THE NATION: On the men’s side, Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) posted the nation’s sixth fastest time so far this season in the 800m (1:53.22) at the Vanderbilt Opener. In the triple jump, Kareem Nicholas (Atlanta, Ga.) reached 15.00m (49’2.5”) for eighth in Division I. For the women, Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) enters the weekend ninth in the 60m hurdles (8.51), while Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) ranks 10th in the triple jump (12.18m – 39’11.5”).
UP NEXT: TSU continues the indoor season at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky. on Jan. 13 and 14.