Five U of M Athletes Take Event Titles at McDonald's Invitational
Jan. 28, 2006
Carbondale, Ill. - The Memphis track and field teams saw numerous solid performances at the McDonald's Invitational over the weekend, with Josetta Brooks, Whitney Bolton, J.D. Erickson, Daniele Riendeau and Brandon Winbush each claiming an event title to lead the charge. In addition, the U of M men's and women's squads combined to set 11 personal records over the course of the two-day meet hosted by Southern Illinois University.
Brooks picked up her top honor in her best event, the 60m hurdles, where she posted a time of 9.03s to win going away. The mark was not a personal best for the senior, but was her top time through three meets this season.
Bolton claimed her first-place tally in the pole vault where she cleared a height of 10-06.00" to win the event by over a foot. The mark also tied the freshman's own school record, which she set at last weekend's Booster Invitational.
Erickson picked up his victory in the shot put where he put up a season-best effort of 55-03.50". The senior then added a third-place showing in the weight throw with a mark of 60-04.00", which was also a season best for that event.
Riendeau, who was competing in her first indoor meet, got her season off to a quick start as she logged a time of 10:13.69 to outdistance teammate Emily Malinowski to win the 3000m. Riendeau's time was just over a second off her school-record and personal-best time for the event. Malinowski finished with a time of 10:17.58 to take runner-up honors.
Winbush logged his event title in the long jump, where he used a leap of 23-06.00" to take home top honors. The mark was an indoor personal-best for the junior, who has improved his marks in each of the season's three meets.
In other field events Memphis also picked up a multitude of strong showings where they saw seven personal records and four top-five showings in the highly talented throwing competitions.
For the Lady Tigers, three athletes set personal records in the weight throw, where Susan King, Nikole Jackson and Annette Uzoh finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively with personal-best marks of 54-04.50", 53-06.25" and 53-05.50".
Jackson also logged a PR in the shot put with a toss of 45-00.50", while Sivan Aballi posted the final personal best for the Lady Tigers with a throw of 45-00.50", which was good enough for sixth place in the shot put. King led all U of M women in the shot put as well, using a throw of 46-00.75" to finish fourth.
On the men's side junior Norbert Gulyas logged a personal best of his own in the weight throw with a mark of 49-03.75, while he also added a fifth-place showing in the shot put with a toss of 51-03.00.
Three additional Lady Tigers recorded top-three finishes in field events. Senior Maria Majzik finished third in the long jump with a season-best effort of 17-10.75". Sophomore Chen Edri placed second in the high jump with a clearance of 5-03.00", while fellow sophomore Gaylon Muhammod placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 35-03.25.
In other running events, four U of M athletes logged personal-best times, while seven finished in the top three in their respective events.
Leading the group for the Lady Tigers was junior LaShunda Flake, who finished second in the 60m with a time of 7.72s. Sophomore Ashley Stewart placed third in the 400m with a time of 1:02.07. Freshman Meghan Shinkwin placed third in the 800m with a time of 2:24.30, while sophomore Quiana Green finished third in the 200m with a collegiate-best time of 27.08s.
On the men's side, senior Austin Hunter followed a personal-best performance last weekend with a second-place showing in the 400m with a time of 49.49s. Sophomore Amaechi Oselukwue placed second in the 60m hurdles with a personal-best mark of 8.69s, while freshman Geoff Standen, competing in his first meet at the U of M, placed third in the 800m with a time of 1:59.20.
The U of M track and field squads are scheduled to be out of action next weekend, but there is a possibility that the teams could pick up an extra meet. The next scheduled competition is the Hoosier Relays, which will be held February 3-4 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.