Lady Trojans come in third

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 26, 2001

 The Lady Trojans finished third behind Central Florida and Jacksonville.

Sophomores Toya Lewis and Takia Shoats were the big guns for TSU as they combined for 53 of the team’s101 points. Lewis completed her first season by setting individual school records in the 100 (11.82) and 200 (23.74) meter dashes, and then combined with Sharmeka Barnes, Melissa Dailey, and Ursula Lumpkin to break the 4 X 100 meter relay (45.84) as TSU finished runner up to JU’s record setting effort in that event.   

Shoats proved herself the class of the TAAC throwers as she won the discus and hammer while finishing second in the shot put.  Senior school heptathlon record holder Dailey scored points in the long jump, high jump, javelin and pole vault as she rounded out an illustrious four-year career as TSU’s most versatile athlete ever. 

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Freshman Sherion Taylor just missed capturing the conference triple jump title as her school record 39’10" leap came up 8" short of Central Florida’s LaTrica Firby.  

In the final and most exciting event of the two-day competition, freshman Ursula Lumpkin made up a 25 yard deficit as she anchored the 1600 meter relay with a 54.20 final 400 to give the Lady Trojans an upset victory over heavily favored Jacksonville.  Their time of 3:50.54 was a TAAC seasonal best.  For the TSU women Lewis (100, 200, 400 &1600 relays), Lumpkin (400, 400 & 1600 relays), Shoats (discus, hammer, shot put), Barnes (200, 400 relay), Erika Butler (1600 relay), Dailey (400 relay), and Natalie Simmons (1600 relay) earned All Conference honors. 

"The seniors, Sharmeka and Melissa, led by example and did a great job of passing the torch on to the returning ladies," said TSU women’s coach Andy McCampbell. "Takia, and Ursula stepped up with lots of poise, especially being underclassmen. It was really fun and satisfying to see both teams perform their best at their biggest meet of the year."