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Split Squad Action on Deck for Track and Field This Weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont Track and Field teams will not have to travel far to compete this weekend, heading to crosstown rival Tennessee State's Edward S. Temple Track for the Boston-Moon Relays.  The team also wraps split squad action at the University of Tennessee's Sea Ray Relays on Friday.

The Bruins will face competitors from host-Tennessee State, Alabama A&M, Lane College, Lipscomb, Middle Tennessee State, Miles College, Rust College, and Stillman College, as well as numerous unattached athletes.

Fans should keep an eye on the women's 4x400m team, as well as sophomore Emily Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) in the 400m, freshman Molly Foster (Johnson City, Tenn.) in the 800m and 1500m, Josie Hardin in the hammer throw; freshman Olivia Hippensteel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) in the 800m and 1500m; and senior Jilian Linklater (Lake Orion, Mich.) in the high jump.

On the men's side, fans can watch for strong performances from numerous Bruins including junior Alanzo Contini (Rock Town, N.Y.) in the 200m and 400m; sophomore Kurtis Gibson (Highbridge, England) in the 800m and 1500m; junior Austin Landis (Victor, Mont.) in the hammer throw; freshman Wayne Williams (Nashville, Tenn.) in the long jump and BU's 4x100m team. 

In split squad action at the University of Tennessee Sea Ray Relays on Thursday, junior John Sharpe (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) came away with a new PR with his seventh-place finish in the 10,000m with a time of 31:28.21.  Classmate Austin Landis took 16th in the hammer throw with a mark of 59.20m (173'6").

On Friday, junior Erick Kigen (Eldoret, Kenya) and sophomore Eamonn Kichuk (Unionville, Ont., Canada) will both compete in the 800m.

Events at Tennessee State on Friday begin at 3 p.m.  On Saturday, field events resume at 9 a.m. while track events are slated to begin at 10 a.m.  Admission is $5 per adult for each day of the event.  Youth ages 6-17 will be charged $3 and children ages five and under will be admitted free.