TSU seniors prepare for last home track meet

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 6, 2001

The Troy State track and field team will host the Coach Oliver Invitational Saturday at the Jesse H. Colley Track complex.

Teams competing in the event will include Clark, Meridian Community College (Miss.), Samford, Wallace State, Neosho Community College (Kan.), Bevill State, UAB, Birmingham Southern and Extreme Track Club.

There will also be athletes competing unattached.

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The track team will also sponsor the fastest third grader in Troy with a 50-meter dash starting just after the 4x100m-relay.

Troy State track and field coach Bob Lambert said, "It will be disappointing seeing the seniors compete in their last home meet."

Lambert also replied "It should be interesting to see how many more school records are broken."

Senior distance runners Michael Green and John Fesh will be competing in their final home track meet as Trojan athletes.

John Fesh will be competing in the first distance race of the day, the 3000m steeplechase and will be looking to better his personal best time of 9:33.

Fesh is currently ranked no. 1 in the steeplechase in the TAAC.

Green will be competing in one of the last races of the meet the 3000m.

Green will be looking to break his own school record of 8:10.57.

Green currently has the fastest time in the TAAC over 1500m (3:49.67), and the 5000m (14:17.22).

In the field events Chris Brongel will be looking to break his own school record in the javelin.

The current school record is 186’6", which was set at the Florida Relays on March 31st.

In the triple jump senior Joe Nelson will be looking to improve his season best of 48’1" This will also be Nelson’s last home meet as a Trojan.

In the sprinting events the team of Arrington Watkins, Moses Gagakuma, Desmond Newton and Shaun Smith will be looking capture the top 4x100m relay in the TAAC.

In only her first season as a Trojan Ursula Lumpkin broke a 16-year-old school record in the 400m.

Lumpkin will also be anchoring the 400m-relay team.

Sophomore Takia Shoats is also looking to break the school record in the discuss throw.

Her season’s best is 126’10" the current school record is 139’7". Shoats has already broken the school record in the hammer with a throw of 138’4".

Susan Gill set that old mark of 133’5" in 1997.

Sprinters Toya Lewis and Sharmeka Barnes will both be competing in the 100m, 200,m and the 4x100m-relay.

Senior Melissa Dailey will be competing in six different field and running events.

She will start the day off with the 4x100m-relay and throughout the day compete in the javelin, pole vault, 100mHH, the 400mIH and the long jump. Dailey is a versatile athlete who also competes in the heptathlon and has the school record with 4614 points.