TSU’s Guice jumps at chance for long jump record at NCAAs

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 11:10pm

Tennessee State sophomore Martinique Guice will put her perfect long jump record on the line this weekend when she competes at the NCAA Mideast Regional meet at Louisville.

Guice, a sophomore from Hendersonville, was undefeated outdoors this season and recently captured the Ohio Valley Conference title with a personal best of 20-7¾. That was more than two feet farther than in her season-opening victory at the Morehouse Relays in Atlanta (March 19-21) and the first time all spring she surpassed 20 feet.

The meet will take place Friday and Saturday with competition scheduled to begin 11 a.m. each day. The top five finishers in each event will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, June 9-12 at Eugene, Oregon.

Midstate athletes at NCAAs

The rundown of athletes from local colleges who qualified for this weekend’s NCAA Mideast Regional meet at Louisville, events in parentheses:

Darreal Beal, Jr., Tennessee State (long jump)
Hillary Cheruiyot, Soph., Belmont (1,500)
Steve Lindsey, Fr., Lipscomb (high jump)
Michael Knox, Clint Carter, Andrew Jones and Chad Roberts, Lipscomb (4x400 relay)

Martinique Guice, sophomore, Tennessee State (long jump)
Rita Jorgensen, Soph., Vanderbilt (800, 1,500)
Liz Pollock, Sr., Belmont (400 hurdles)
Kristin Retzlaff, Fr., Lipscomb (Javelin)
Lynette Rives, Sr., Belmont (100, 200)