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Lamere Buchanon led the Rattlers in the Ed Temple Classic.
Lamere Buchanon led the Rattlers in the Ed Temple Classic.
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Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
Rattlers Rely On Newcomers At Ed Temple Classic
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
NASHVILLE, TN (Jan.7) - Coach Wayne Angel spent much of the offseason looking for the proper athletes to help put the FAMU men's track team back on track. The result is a team of newcomers sprinkled among his core team that promise to make the team more competitive at each and every meet. The Rattlers' performance at the Ed Temple Classic in the Gentry Center can be described as the aforementioned improvement. The meet, which was hosted by Tennessee State University in Nashville, displayed some of the talent Angel has brought in to help the team.

All-MEAC runner Lamere Buchanon paced the Rattlers with a first place finish in the mile run. Buchanon's time of 4:27.76 edged teammate Shuaib Winters, also an All-MEAC runner, by just under a second in a 4:28.52 time. Two-sport star (football/track) Jeremy Tillman, sped down the track in a time of 6.40 in the 55m dash. All three of these times qualified the runners to compete in the MEAC Indoor Championships.

Steve Emere, one of the newcomers to the team, took first place in both the 55m hurdles and the triple jump. His time of 7.39 in the 55m hurdles and 16.0m (52'06") leap in the triple jump gives him NCAA Top 20 rankings.

Shelton Tarver takes the mantle from Leon Hunt, who graduated in the Summer, as the team's long jump ace. Tarver's leap of 7.31m was both an NCAA Top 20 jump and an MEAC qualifying one.

Winters would also add a second place finish in the meet in the 3000m run. He finished in a time of 8:47.32.

Coach Angel was impressed with the way his team has come together. "I was very pleased with the way the team performed on Saturday. We competed with class and determination. We will use the momentum from the Ed Temple Classic as a catalyst to propel us to bigger and better outcomes in the future. I was especially impressed with Steve Emere and Shelton Tarver. These two young men are making a name for themselves nationally," Angel proudly said.

The men's 4x400m relay team took second place in a time of 3:21.49.

Other performances at the Ed Temple Classic: 800m run: Owolabi Deji (4th place, 1:58.60), Elijah Owens (6th place, 2:00.01), McDaniel Oliver (8th place, 2:00.59); 400m dash: Derrick Morgan (4th place, 50:15), Elijah Owens (6th place, 50:31); 200m dash: Defario Phillps (13th place, 22:86); 55m hurdles: Elijah Owens (7th place, 7.79); Long jump: Willie Johnson (8th place, 6.86m).

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