Track and Field Claws through Kentucky Invitational
Jan. 12, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky.-Memphis track and field squads wrapped up day two of the Kentucky Invitational, on Saturday, taking titles and setting new school records in the process. The Tigers got the jump start they were looking for following a long holiday break.
"I think we accomplished our goal today," head track and field coach Kevin Robinsonsaid. "We competed with composure and some tenacity. We obviously have a lot of work to do and a long way to go, but we competed against some very formidable competition and more than held our own. This weekend gives us the start I was hoping for and a solid foundation to build upon for the year."
Kala Funderburktook sixth and set a new program-record in the women's 200m in a time of 24.61. Funderburk surpassed Keannan Gibson's previous record mark of 24.79 set in 2002.
Funderburk, along with teammates Monica Mason, Keyona Neal and Maya Williamsonbroke their own 4 x 400m relay school-record with a third-place finish of 3:44.35. The group beat their school-record of 3:45.40 set during the 2012 indoor season.
Williamson (56.23) and Neal (57.22) also took top-10 finishes in the women's 400m with new indoor personal-bests, finishing third and eighth respectively. In the men's 400m, Brandon Williams (49.40) and Ojike Maat (51.02) placed fifth and 11th overall. Willaims, Maat, Luis Hanssler and Godfrey Faynealso had a strong showing in the men's 4 x 400m relay with a second place time of 3:18.22.
Fayne was the top finisher for the men in the 800m taking sixth with a time of 1:56.85. The women scored two top-10 finishes in the 800m as Mason (2:15.08) and Nandia Taylor(2:17.28) placed sixth and 10th respectively.
Julien Wolf placed 10th in the mile run with a new personal-best of 4:20.63, while Keanan Joyner (4:32.91) and Aidan Galasso (4:32.96) finished 18th and 19th in the event. Fellow distance runner James Maglasang was the top finisher for the men in the 3,000m placing 14th at a time of 8:40.38. Alisha Fitchwas the top finisher for the women in the 3,000m, crossing the line 19th at a time of 10:47.12.
The Memphis men picked up a pair of top-10 finishes in the 60m hurdles. Tyrell Forde (8.19) took fourth with a new personal-best, while Hanssler (8.45) took sixth. For the women, Xenia Rhan set a new personal-best with a time of 8.67 taking sixth.
For the second meet in a row, Manuel Ziegler placed first in the men's triple jump, this time with a leap of 15.48m (50'9.5"). Sydney Wrighttook ninth for the women with a triple jump of 10.76m (35'3.75")
Memphis men and women throwers notched a combined six top-10 finishes in the shot put. For the women Allison Hotz (14.11m, 46'3.5"), Britta Jaarats (13.86m, 45'5.75") and Vivian Brandhoff (13.36m, 43'10") placed eighth, ninth and tenth. For the men, Yannik Schaly (16.59m, 54'5.25"), Andrew Miller (15.68m, 51'5.5") and Matt Sipe(15.26m, 50'.75") placed sixth, eighth and tenth respectively.
Memphis men recorded two top-10 finishes in the pole vault. Pauls Pujats took fifth clearing 5.10m (16'8.75"), while Austin Crenshaw took ninth at a height of 4.90m (16'.75"). On day one of the meet, Sabrina Hochreutherplaced fourth in the women's pole vault tying the program-record of 3.75m (12'3.5").
In other action from day one, Georgio Lynwood found the top spot on the podium taking first in the men's high jump with a leap of 2.08m (6'9.75"). For the women, Laura Toldy (1.65m, 5'5") and Kirsten Berding(1.60m, 5'3") placed eighth and ninth respectively.
The Tigers picked up a pair of top-10 finishes in the women's weight throw. Cyarra Wellstook fourth with a throw of 18.37m (60'3.25"), while Jaarats took sixth landing at 17.97m (58'11.5"). Hotz (15.21m, 49'11") and Brandhoff (14.91m, 48'11") took 17th and 19th in the event.
The men also picked up a pair of top-10 finishes in the weight throw. Miller took third with a toss of 17.94m (58'10.25"), with fellow thrower Will Hubberplacing 10th at 16.13m (52'11"). Sipe placed 14th at 14.82m (48'7.5").
In the men's long jump, Hanssler (7.08m, 23'2.75") and Marc Klaschka (7.05m, 23'1.75") placed third and fourth, while Jaleen White (6.61m, 21'08.25") and Crenshaw (4.46m, 14'7.75") took 10th and 13th respectively. For the women, Rahn (5.70m, 18'8.5") took ninth with fellow jumpers Wright (5.00m, 16'5") and Quaniqua Jones(4.99m, 16'4.5") taking 21st and 22nd place.
In the distance medley, the day's only running event, the Memphis men placed third and sixth. The third place team of Fabian Fiege, Fayne, Joyner and Maglasang finished with a time of 10:09.64, with the sixth place team of Wolf, Jeremy Rice, Justin Pinkston and Austin Cartercrossing the line at 10:16.04.
The Tigers return to action Saturday at the John Craft Invitational hosted by Eastern Illinois University. For more information on the University of Memphis track and field program and all Tigers athletics, please visit GoTigersGo.com.