Murphy Center | Murfreesboro, Tenn.
STARTING LINE: With the Ohio Valley Conference Championship fast approaching, the Tennessee State track and field teams will make the short trip to Murfreesboro, Tenn. for the MTSU Invite on Saturday.
THE FIELD: The field for this weekend’s competition includes Middle Tennessee, Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Austin Peay and TSU.
LAST TIME OUT: TSU is coming off a strong showing versus a competitive field at the Vanderbilt Invitational. Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) won the 60m hurdles to highlight the Tigerbelles’ performance. Earning seventh-place finishes for the Flying Tigers were Jemarruse Amos (Jacksonville, Fla.) in the 60m hurdles, Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) in the 400m and Marc McCoy (Tampa, Fla.) in the triple jump.
IN THE NATION: Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) ranks in the top 25 in the nation in three different events this indoor season. The All-American is fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 13.44m (44’1.25”) and 13th in the long jump (6.26m – 20’6.5”). On the track, Hughes ranks 24th in the 60m hurdles thanks to a time of 8.27. Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) turned in a high jump of 1.76m (5’9.25”), good for 35th in the nation. For the men, Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) checks in at No. 38 in the nation for the 800m (1:50.54).
OVC WEEKLY AWARDS: TSU has four OVC weekly awards on the women’s side with the men’s team taking home three awards so far this season. Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) has accounted for three of the awards securing OVC Field Athlete of the Week once and Track Athlete of the Week twice. Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) also earned OVC Field Athlete of the Week. On the men’s side, Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) is a two-time OVC Track Athlete of the Week honoree this season with Kareem Nicholas (Atlanta, Ga.) picking up OVC Field Athlete of the Week once.
UP NEXT: TSU will compete in the Music City Challenge at Vanderbilt on Feb. 10-11.