UAB VULCAN INVITE
DATE: Saturday, Jan. 12
STARTING TIME: 8 a.m. Field Events | 10 a.m. Track Events
LOCATION: Birmingham CrossPlex | Birmingham, Ala.
STARTING LINE: The Flying Tigers and Tigerbelles are coming off their only home meet of the season brimming with confidence after individual success left a pair of Tigers notable accolades heading into the UAB Vulcan Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 12. The nation’s leading triple jumper, R’Lazon Brumfield, earned his fourth Ohio Valley Conference Field Athlete of the Week award.
Brumfield placed first in the triple jump with a mark of 15.43m, second in long jump (7.01m), fifth in the 200m (22.77), and helped TSU grab the fourth spot in the 4x400 at the Ed Temple Classic on Jan. 6.
Tigerbelle Grenetria Shell also had an impactful week after she earned her first Ohio Valley Conference Co-Field Athlete of the Week award. Shell posted a personal best in the long jump to soar at the Vanderbilt Opener. She placed first with a jump of 19.05. Shell also stood high among the rest in the long jump at the Ed Temple Classic to finish first, covering a distance of 18-06.5m.
THE FIELD: TSU, Birmingham-Southern, Bryan, Cahaba Distance, Emmanuel (Ga.), Emory, Jackson State, Louisiana State University, Meridian C.C., Miami, Middle Tennessee University, Mississippi State, Montevallo, Pacers/GRC New Balance, Physique, Savannah State, Shorter, Southern-NO, UT Martin, UNAT-Bryan
LAST TIME OUT: Brumfield placed first in the triple jump, second in long jump and fifth in the 200m. Michael Willingham Jr. placed first in the weight throw with a distance of 15.52m and fifth in the shot put with a distance of 13.76m. Jamario Scott and Michael Thompson finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 200m with times of 22.47 and 22.61. Thompson also finished third in the 400m.
For the Tigerbelles, Shell won the long jump for the second time this indoor season, Mikayla Thompson placed first in the shot put (14.46m), and Amani Taylor took second in the weight throw (18.72m). Angel Horton placed first in the triple jump with a distance of 11.57. The Tigerbelles 4x400 (Shell, Re’Anna Blair, Zion White, and Mikayla Banks) zoomed past the competition to finish in first place with a time of 3:56.49.
IN THE NATION: Brumfield currently ranks first in the nation in the long jump with his distance of 7.53m and seventh in triple jump (15.46m). Damon Hodge is 18th in the country after a time of 48.69 at Vanderbilt Opener. Shell is No. 14 in the long jump after a 5.93m distance. Amani Taylor is 25th in the country with a toss of 18.72m in the weight throw at the Edward Temple Classic.
UP NEXT: Day one of Vanderbilt Invitational is scheduled for Jan. 18.