Tigers Lead Heptahtlon in Day One of McCravy Invite
Jan. 25, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky.-Memphis track and field squads returned to indoor competition, on Friday, at the Rod McCravy Invitational hosted by the University of Kentucky. More program-records fell in day one as the Tigers' multi-event athletes got to work in the pentathlon and heptathlon.
Xenia Rahn took first place in the pentathlon with a new program-record of 4,191 points, surpassing Charlotte Abrahamsen's mark of 4,103 set in 2008. The mark currently puts Rhan at the top of NCAA Division I in the event. Teammates Quaniqua Jones (3,312 points) and Laura Toldy (3,250 points) placed ninth and 11th respectively.
In the course of Rahn's pentathlon performance, she set a new school-record in the indoor high jump clearing 1.81m (5'11.25"), besting Inger Anne Froysedal's mark of 1.77m (5'9.75") set in 2009. The mark currently ties for 10th in NCAA Division I. Rahn also set new personal-best in the shot put (12.82m, 42'0.75") and in the long jump (5.89m, 19'4").
"Today's performance by Xenia was absolutely incredible," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "She was resilient throughout the competition, and showed tremendous competitive composure. I am so proud of what she accomplished today, not only because of the result but also the kind of person she is."
In the men's heptathlon, three Tigers sit atop of the standings through the first four events (60m, long jump, shot put and high jump). Luis Hanssler (2,963 ponts), Marc Klaschka (2,878 points) and Tuure Hollo (2,739 points) sit in first, second, and third place overall. The men's heptathlon will conclude on Saturday with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run.
It was another record setting day in the women's pole vault. Clara Amat-Fernandez and Sabrina Hochreuther each cleared 3.90m (12'9.5") for a new indoor program-record. The mark surpasses Amat-Fernandez's program-record of 3.85m (12'7.5") set last week at the John Craft Invitational. Though each cleared the same height, Amat-Fernandez placed third, with Hochreuther placing fourth, as Amat-Fernandez was able to clear the bar in fewer attempts.
"Sabrina and Clara continued to move the school record yet again," said Robinson. "These two young athletes are the epitome of hard work and dedication. The future is bright for both of them.
Memphis women picked up a pair of top-10 finishes in the weight throw. Cyarra Wells took eighth with a throw of 18.16m (59'7"), with fellow thrower Britta Jaarats taking ninth with a mark of 18.07m (59'3.5").
In the men's weight throw, Andrew Miller took fifth with a new personal-best of 18.59 (61'). Miller's previous best was 18.31m (60'1") set at the 2012 Conference USA Indoor Championships.
Day two of the Rod McCravy Invitational gets underway on Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT). Final results from the meet will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.