NCAA Regional Qualifier: 1500m, 800m
Kerekjarto emerged on the scene in 2003 as one of C-USA's top freshman...He qualified for NCAA Regionals in the 800m and 1500m, but did not compete due a knee injury he sustained at C-USA Outdoor Championships...A top-flight middle distance runner on the Memphis track team, Kerekjarto will add depth to the cross country team this fall.
2003: (CROSS COUNTRY)-Ran a 28:33.70 at the Iona Meet of Champions...Finished 29th at the Saluki Invitational with an 8K time of 27:51.57...Finished 51st at the C-USA Championships with a time of 27:07.10.
2003: INDOOR-Won the 800m at the Indiana Hoosier Invitational with a time of 1:55.07...Placed third at the C-USA Indoor Championships in the 800m (1:55.57)...Ran a personal best time of 1:50.86 (800m) at the Arkansas Tyson Invitational...OUTDOOR-Earned a NCAA Regional qualifying time in the 1500m at the UALR Open running a 3:48.99 while placing second in the race...Won the 800m at the SEMO Gatorade Classic with a time of 1:55.59...Earned a NCAA Regional qualifying time in the 800m with a time of 1:48.61 at the Sea Ray Relays...Suffered a knee injury at the C-USA Outdoor Championships...Placed fourth in the 1500m (3:56.53) at C-USA Outdoor Championships...Did not finish the 800m race due to a knee injury...Did not compete at NCAA Mid-Eastern Regional due to knee injury...Personal best times of 1:48.61 (800m) and 3:48.99 (1500m).
PREP: Attended Csanadi Arpadski School in Budapest... He finished 6th in the Junior Outdoor European Championships in 2001 with a time of 1:49.28 in the 800m...Also played soccer, judo and karate in high school...His personal best times are 1:48.46 (800m), 3:52 (1500m)...Coached by Janos Szekeres.
PERSONAL: Full name is Istvan Kerekjarto...Born in Biatorbagy, Hungary on January 4, 1982...Son of Istvan and Iren Kerekjarto...Father is a coach, mother is in management...Major is International Business...Plans to become and RSG coach after graduation...Enjoys reading and playing 'playstation'...Favorite movie is "Vak Assziny Visszanez"...Chose Memphis because many of his Hungarian friends also came...Also recruited by Kansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M.