Erickson Claims Third and Fourth-Place Finishes at Saluki Booster
Jan. 21, 2006
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Though the Memphis track and field teams were not able to break into the win columns at two weekend meets, the squads did see a number of solid performances out of their athletes. The top showings came from senior thrower, J.D. Erickson, who claimed both a third and a fourth-place finish at the Saluki Booster Invitational.
Erickson got his meet off to a good start on Friday night, taking fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 59-09.00" (18.21m). The Memphis native followed that up Saturday with a third-place effort of 53-09.00" (16.38m) in the shot put to claim his second top-four finish.
The second-best performance on the weekend likely came from senior Austin Hunter, who competed with the men's runners at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
Though Hunter did not finish in the top-five at the talent-packed meet, he did log a personal best time of 47.83s in the 400m, to place seventh in the strong field.
At the Booster Invitational, five additional U of M throwers picked up top-seven finishes over the two-day meet.
Topping that list was junior Susan King, who led the Lady Tigers in both throwing events for the second-consecutive meet. The League City, Texas, native placed fifth in the shot put with a mark of 45-02.50" (13.78m) and sixth in the weight throw with a toss of 52-06.75" (16.02m).
Junior Norbert Gulyas posted the next-highest finish, placing fifth in the shot put with a throw of 52-00.00" (15.85m).
Outside of the throwing events, Josetta Brooks was the only other Memphis athlete to record a top-five finish. The senior logged a time of 9.19s in the 60m hurdles to finish fifth.
In other events, sophomore Brandon Winbush improved his effort in the long jump, placing sixth with a leap of 23-02.75" (7.08m), while also placing sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 44-08.75" (13.63m).
The U of M teams will return to action next Friday and Saturday, as the squads once again split up for two weekend meets. The Lady Tigers and the men's field events will make their way to Baton Rouge, La., for the Bayou Bengal Invitational, while the men's runners will take their turn in Carbondale, Ill., this time for the McDonald's Invitational.