Personal Bests Indoor 800m 1:55.64 Outdoor 800m 1:52.80 1500m 3:54.01
2004: CROSS COUNTRY-Placed second on the team in all three meets...Ran a personal best 8K time of 26:28 at the Saluki Invitational, placing 17th...Placed third in the SEMO Invitational with a 5K time of 16:29...Ran a 26:50 (8K) at C-USA Championships, placing 42nd.
2003-04: INDOOR-Was the Tigers' top 800m runner, competing in three meets and leading the squad in each...Won the 800 at the McDonald's Invitational with a time of 1:57.44...Posted a season-best time of 1:55.51 at the Razorback Invitational, placing 16th in the strong field...Scored in the 800 at C-USA Championships, claiming fourth place in a time of 1:55.64...OUTDOOR-Competed in five meets at distances of 800m and 1500m...Claimed the team's top spot and second overall in the 1500 at the Bulldog Invitational with a season-best time of 4:01.12... Also participated in the 800 at the Bulldog Invitational, finishing 14th (1:57.96)...Produced strong showings in the 800m and 1500m at Sea Ray Relays, placing 35th in the 800 with a season-best time of 1:54.17 and finishing 31st in the 1500 (4:02.48)...Finished third in the 800m at the Mississippi Invitational (1:55.50)...Ran the 1500m at C-USA Championships, coming in 17th (4:07.86).
PREP: Attended St. Andrews School...Competed in field hockey, track, cross country and cricket for three years...Was all-state in all four sports...Was a member of the academic halt colors for scholastic achievement...Won the Free State Championship in the 800m in 2003...Best times were 1:52.80 (800m), 3:54.01 (1500m).
PERSONAL: Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa on April 23, 1983...Full name is Michael Mentz...Son of Fredirick and Grace Mentz...Father is a construction engineer, mother is Director of Roads Transport and Public Works...Major is biology...Enjoys playing rugby, soccer and cricket...Favorite music artist is Ja Rule, favorite movie is the "Hannibal Lector Trilogy"...Hopes to run on the European Track Circuit someday...Chose Memphis because he was offered a scholarship and liked the coaches.