PHOTO GALLERY - BY SAM JORDAN
NASHVILLE --- All-American Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) posted some of the nation's top distances in the triple jump and long jump this indoor season to highlight the Tennessee State women’s track and field team’s efforts at the Ed Temple Classic on Sunday at the Gentry Center.
Hughes, who won the triple jump, long jump and 55m hurdles, reached 13.44m (44’1.25”) in the triple jump, which is the best in the nation so far this season. The previous best entering the day was 13.17m (43’2.5”) by Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile of Kentucky.
In the long jump, Hughes came away with a distance of 6.26m (20’6.5”) to tie for the fifth-best in the country this indoor season. Hughes also captured first in the 55m hurdles in 7.91.
Picking up another top finish, Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) won the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.75m (5’8.75”). Daimer Gordon (Ellenwood, Ga.) also won the weight throw, besting the field with a distance of 16.56m (54’4”).
It was a 1-2-3 finish for TSU in the 55m hurdles highlighted by Hughes taking the top honor. Crystal Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) and Maya Ramsey (Atlanta, Ga.) earned second and third place with times of 8.22 and 8.30, respectively.
The Tigerbelles swept the top three spots in the weight throw on the day with Gordon winning the event. She was followed by Hannah Alsup (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) with a 15.41m (50’6.75”) toss in second place and Chy’enne LeNeair (Racine, Wisc.) in third with a throw of 11.70m (38’4.75”).
Gordon also earned a third-place finish in the shot put with a distance of 11.65m (38’2.75”).
Kayla Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) was one of three competitors to break one minute in the 400m, checking in at 58.53 for third place. With a time of 2:22.14, Christian Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) secured a second-place finish in the 800m.
The Tigerbelles are back in action on Jan. 13-14 for the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky.