JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) won top honors in two individual events and as a member of the 4x400m relay team to lead the Tennessee State women’s track and field team at the UNF Invite on Saturday at Hodges Stadium.
Hughes’ most impressive showing came in the triple jump where she set a new personal record with a winning distance of 13.62m (44’8.25”) on her fourth attempt. The distance is the second best in the nation among triple jumpers entering the weekend. Hughes’ previous career best was 13.46m from last year’s Memphis Invitational.
The senior All-American also won the 100m hurdles in 13.46, ranking her top 50 nationally in the event this season. In the 4x400m relay, Hughes teamed with Kayla Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.), Alexia King (Atlanta, Ga.) and Christian Pryor (Ellenwood, Ga.) for the day’s best time of 3:44.82, which is the best in the Ohio Valley Conference this outdoor season.
Also on the track, Christian Pryor completed the 800m in 2:12.38, good enough for third on the day.
In the high jump, Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) cleared 1.73m (5’8”) on her first try for second place in the event. She also earned sixth in the long jump, reaching 5.53m (18’1.75”).
The Tigerbelles’ 4x100m relay team of Hughes, Tiffany Barnes (Atlanta, Ga.), Raven Davis (Junction City, Kan.) and Crystal Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) clocked in at 46.42 to take home fourth place.
In other noteworthy performances on the track, King earned fifth in the 400m hurdles in 1:03.08, and Williams secured sixth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.39. In the field, Daimer Gordon (Ellenwood, Ga.) took sixth in the hammer throw with a distance of 48.98m (160’8”) with Hannah Alsup (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) taking seventh with a mark of 46.94m (154’).
Next up, the Tigerbelles will travel to Atlanta, Ga. for the Georgia Tech Invite on April 21-22.