SSU Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season With Dominate Performance

The Savannah State men’s and women’s track & field teams opened the 2014 outdoor season with a dominate performance in the annual SSU Eyeopener, hosted by the Tigers at T.A. Wright Stadium on Saturday.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers picked up a combined 19 first place finishes against an eight team field. Along with SSU, Edward Waters, Albany State, Savannah College of Art & Design, Armstrong Atlantic State, Morehouse College, Albany State, Mercer University and Paine College competed on Saturday.

Jazy Seay-Blane led the Lady Tigers with first place finishes in the 200 and 400 meter dashes with times of 24.69, and 55.89, respectively.

Asia Stinson grabbed top honors in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.26. In the 100 meter hurdles, Shakira Bartley ran a 15.55 for first place honors. Bartley won the 400 meter hurdles as well, with a time of 1:11.56.

In the 4×100 meter relay, the Lady Tiger team of Stinson, Seay-Blane, Aluntrea Davis and Kortney Grey ran a 46.93 to win the event. The team of Chavonta Roberts, Seay-Blane, Bartley and Davis took first place honors with a time of 4:16.74.

In the field events, Chantia Taylor won the high jump event with a distance of 1.42 meters. Alysia Potts topped the pole vault competition with a distance of a 2.98m.

Kimberly Wilson won the long jump event for SSU with a distance of 5.80m, followed by Jaymi White in third with a 5.42m, Jarrett (5.41m), Grey (5.34m), and Bartley (5.12m).

Indiah Bell finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 11.53 meters. For the Tigers, SSU sophomore Kenshard Hamilton won the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.74. Kristopher Ballou won the 800 meter run with a time of 1:55.49. Cameron Hall won the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.23, followed by teammate Lemaar Shakir in second place with a time of 14.44. Shakir won the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 52.74.

In the 4×100 meter relay, the team of Hamilton, Antwuan Poole, Hall and Shakir won the event with a time of 41.23. The SSU team of Ballou, Shakir, Leggett and Brandon Davis won the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:22.05. In the men’s field events, Larry Bellamy won the high jump with a distance of 1.62m. Dolphurs Hayes won the pole vault competition with a vault of 4.62m, followed closely by teammate Timothy Jackson in second place with a distance of 4.47m. Derrick Akins won the men’s discus throw with a distance of 41.53m.

The Tigers continue the 2014 outdoor season on March 1 with the Savannah State Relays at T.A. Wright Stadium. The competition is set to begin at 12 p.m.

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