Three School Records Fall at Saluki Booster Invitational
Jan. 22, 2005
Carbondale, Ill. - The headlines were numerous for the University of Memphis track and field squad this weekend at the Saluki Booster Invitational, as the team saw two NCAA Indoor Qualifying Standards met, three school records broken, and three event titles won in the first meet of the new year.
The largest feats likely came from two athletes competing in their first meets for the U of M as thrower Gail Lee and hurdler Daniel Kiss each met provisional qualifying standards for NCAA Indoor Championships.
Lee's mark of 16.04m in the shot put demolished Barbara Wine's previous indoor record of 14.03m by over two meters and qualified her for the NCAA meet. In the event she was outdistanced only by two former All-Americans and placed third. Lee also claimed fourth place in the weight throw with a mark of 17.37m.
Kiss' time of 7.34s in the 55m hurdles claimed him a spot at NCAA Championships and was the top time for the meet. However, a false start in the finals kept him out of contention for the event championship.
Two other Lady Tigers, Chen Edri and Daniele Riendeau, broke school records while taking medalist honors in the high jump and 3000m, respectively. Edri's jump of 1.72m bested Janeen Gooden's indoor mark of 1.68m, while Riendeau's time of 10:12.77 was four seconds better than Arielle Frileux's record of 10:16.35.
"Daniele ran a great race for the first indoor meet," said women's distance coach Jonas Holdeman. "It's a big transition going from cross country to running a 200 meter oval, so we expect our times to continue to improve the more we race."
On the men's side, Jumper Janon Busby took home a triple jump championship with his leap of 15.09m, which was a personal best and was nearly a full meter better than his nearest competitor.
Above the headlining performances, several other Memphis men provided strong showings at the Booster Invite. Sprinter Gary Nemeth recorded a second-place finish in the 200m (22.38s) and a fifth-place tally in the 55m (6.47s). Thrower J.D. Erickson claimed third in the shot put (16.10m) and fourth in the weight throw (18.19m). Jumper Brandon Winbush was third in the triple jump (14.03m) and fifth in the long jump (6.82m). Sprinters Austin Hunter and Larry Harris took third and fifth, respectively, in the 400m with times of 49.69s and 50.20s, while fellow sprinter Willie Green claimed fifth place in the 200m with a time of 22.53s.
"We had some outstanding performances in the meet," said throws and jumps coach Kevin Robinson. "Gail smashed the record in the shot, Chen had a great performance in the high jump, and there were several others, like Daniel and Janon who had really good meets."
Lisa-Marie Hyman, who will compete for the U of M in the outdoor season, but is competing as unattached for indoor meets, also claimed the women's triple jump title with a leap of 12.28m.
The U of M track squads will now have their only weekend off of the indoor season before heading back to Carbondale for the McDonald's Invitational February 4-5.