MTSU Track Head Up I-24 this Weekend for Vandy Meet


Nationally ranked programs and top-ranked record holders will meet this weekend at the Vanderbilt Invitational, as multiple Blue Raiders seek to improve their early-season successes.

Action from Vanderbilt’s Recreation Center gets underway Friday evening at 4 p.m. before Saturday’s all-day competition concludes the weekend.

MT will go up against 17 other schools from around the country, including Arkansas’ No. 4 men’s and No. 2 women’s squads, and South Carolina’s No. 22 men’s and No. 24 women’s teams.

Middle Tennessee’s Abike Egbeniyi set the NCAA-best time in the women’s 800 meter last weekend with a time of 2:04.47, while teammate Agnes Abu stands fourth in the country in the event with a 2:05.93 mark. Abu and Egbeniyi were named Conference USA’s Track Female Athlete of the Week for the first two weeks of the season, respectively.

In the men’s 3000 meter, Sampson Laari, Kigen Chemadi and Jacob Choge strive to follow impressive performances from a week ago. Laari and Chemadi rank Nos. 8 and 9 in the NCAA, while Choge is No. 13 in the event.

In the field, the men’s duo of Jacob Patten and Phillip Smith; and MT’s tandem of Jessica Howell and Barbara Vilson kickoff the weekend for the Blue Raiders in the men’s and women’s high jump events.

Loveth Odia, Janet Amponsah, Taylor Day, Jessica Howell and Barbara Vilson will represent the Blue Raiders in the women’s 200 meter dash, while Solomon Afful, Charles Okeze, Ifiok Umoh, Adeniji Adedamola, Greg Cantrell and Kendrick Williams will race in the men’s 200 meter dash.

Rachel Kigen and Julia Jelagat will cap Friday’s events for the Blue Raiders in the women’s 5000 meter run.
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