PHOTO GALLERY - BY SANDY KING (EIU ATHLETICS)
CHARLESTON, Ill. --- Day one of the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship is in the books at Lantz Indoor Fieldhouse with Tennessee State in fourth place with 22 points. The Flying Tigers have set themselves up to score major points on Saturday thanks to performances on Friday.
Individually, seniors Kareem Nicholas (Atlanta, Ga.) and Kenji Anderson (Cordova, Tenn.) won medals on the day.
In the long jump, Nicholas secured the silver with a personal-record distance of 7.73m (25’4.5”) on his sixth and final jump. Anderson took home a bronze medal in the high jump, taking third place by clearing the bar at 2.02m (6’7.5”).
Adding to TSU’s point total on the day, Marc McCoy (Tampa, Fla.) tied for fifth in the high jump, clearing 1.92m (6’3.5”) for three points. In the long jump, Rashaad Dates (Memphis, Tenn.) took seventh with a mark of 7.23m (23’8.75”) for two points with McCoy adding a single point in the long jump with a distance of 7.20m (23’7.5”).
OVC Track Athlete of the Year Quamel Prince (Nashville, Tenn.) placed first in the prelims of the 800m with the day’s best time of 1:54.16. Prince also had the top time in the 400m on the day of 48.15, checking in nearly one second ahead of the second place finisher on the day. The prelims will take place tomorrow.
Through four events in the heptathlon, McCoy is in first place and Anderson is in second.
James Faison (Decatur, Ga.) and Jordan Thomas (Houston, Texas) are moving onto the finals of the 60m. In Friday’s preliminary action, Faison took sixth in 6.94 with Thomas taking seventh in 6.99.
Faison also advanced to the finals of the 200m thanks to a sixth place finish of 22.49 with Malik Wright (Tampa, Fla.) clocking in at 22.21 in the prelims to take third. Wright will also have a chance to score points in the 400m. His prelim time of 50.04 was good for fifth on the day.
The Flying Tigers will have three scoring opportunities in the 60m hurdles in tomorrow’s finals. In preliminary action on Friday, Jemarruse Amos (Jacksonville, Fla.) secured second in 8.19 with Anderson earning fifth in 8.30 and Chris Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) claiming seventh in 8.38.
The OVC Indoor Championship concludes tomorrow.
DAY 1 TSU POINT SCORERS
Distance Medley Relay
7th – 10:57.33 – 2 points
3rd – Kenji Anderson – 2.02m (6’7.5”) – 6 points
T-5th – Marc McCoy – 1.92m (6’3.5”) – 3 points
2nd – Kareem Nicholas – 7.73m (25’4.5”) – 8 points
7th – Rashaad Dates – 7.23m (23’8.75”) – 2 points
8th – Marc McCoy – 7.20m (23’7.5”) – 1 point