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Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Tue, Nov. 27, 2012

Tennessee Temple University has gone back in time a little to help its new track and field program. Marissa Phinazee, a 2007 Red Bank High School graduate who spent two years in the NCAA Division I program at Austin Peay but ran only in home meets, unattached, because of an eligibility issue, resumed her college education this semester at Temple and is receiving an athletic scholarship. Phinazee, now 23 and a mother of a 19-month old (Jaida Montgomery), has continued to work out on her own and seems still in running shape at 5-foot-6 1/2 and just under 120 pounds. "I think I still have it," she said Monday with a laugh. She competed in the state meet in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays in her sophomore through senior years at Red Bank; she ran the anchor leg on the two shorter relays. "If she can run Division I, she can run for us," Temple track coach Emmanuel Awotula said. "When she was applying to come here, we talked to her about our new program. This year we're basically getting our face out there, and having a Division I transfer who's a local girl should help people take us seriously in our recruiting."