TSU Tigerbelles place second in 24th annual Ed Temple Classic

Courtesy of Scott Wallace, Tennessee State Athletics

NASHVILLE- The Tennessee State University Tigerbelles, on the strength of five first-place finishes, placed second in the 24th Annual Ed Temple Classic at the Wilma Rudolph Indoor Facility. The Tigerbelles won both throwing events as Leilany Laureano won the shot put with a throw of 45′ 3.25, and Maleah Decuir placed first in the weight throwing at 53′ 5. Laureano also placed fifth in the weight with a throw of 42′ 11. Backing up Laureano in the shot was Desire Poole with a throw of 37′ 8.75, which placed her in fourth place, and Decuir’s 37′ 4.75 effort put her in fifth place.

In the jumps, Elaina Housworth had a 39′ 9.5 leap in the triple jump to take first place. Catherine Forbes finished right behind her as her best effort was 38′ 2.75. Grace Colvin finished fourth at 35′ 4.75. Three Tigerbelles earned points in the long jump, with Housworth earning a second-place finish with her best leap at 18′ 3. Natalya Bryantfinished fourth with a 16′ 10.75 leap. Colvin earned her team a point with her fifth-placed jump of 15′ 10.25.

Bryant raced to victory in the 55-meter hurdles with an 8.48 effort. Three Tigerbelles scored in the 55-meter dash. Serenity Harry finished third, zipping to a 7.21 time. Nakira Gage (7.49) narrowly beat teammate India Smith (7.52) to take fourth and fifth place, respectively. Ajmone Myerswon the 800-meter run convincingly with a 2:42.26 time. Teammates Janiyah Townsend(3:05.11) and Miracle Johnson (3:08.64) finished fourth and fifth. TSU’s “A” 4×400 meter relay team of Forbes, Giah ThomasJordyn Perkins, and Sydney McGee added a third-place finish to complete their scoring.

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