Tiger Track Hits Big Marks at Hoosier Hills.
Feb. 11, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Memphis track and field got off to a hot start at this weekend's Indiana Hoosier Hills Invitational, with several athletes garnering major accolades on the first day of competition.
Leading the charge for Memphis was senior thrower Knut Syversen, who threw a season-best 20.00m (65' 7.50") to take first place in the weight throw. Based on the marks entering competition today, Syversen's throw would put him in a tie for 22nd in the nation.
"Knut had a great throw today," said head coach Kevin Robinson. "Hopefully, it will get him moving forward and soon, he'll qualify for the National Championships."
Syversen wasn't the only Tiger to earn success in the weight throw, Friday. Sophomore Tom Willcox set a personal-best with the 35-pound weight, a 17.67m (57' 11.75") throw. Sophomore Andrew Miller was fourth in the weight throw following a 17.20m (56' 5.25") toss.
The shot put was also a top event for the Tigers, with four U of M throwers earning top-eight status. Syversen led the group with a third-place 16.77m (55' 0.25") toss, with Miller's 16.45m (53' 11.75") toss just behind in fourth. Freshman Elijah Mahaley (15.93m; 52' 3.25") and Willcox (15.84m; 51' 11.75") were sixth and seventh, respectively.
Several Tigers in addition to the throwers found success on the field inside Gladstein Fieldhouse. Junior Karlis Pujats won the pole vault, his third victory of the season, with a 5.17m (16' 11.50") vault while junior Cam Baker was second in the long jump following his 6.86m (22' 6.25") leap. Freshman Darius Lynwood continued his torrid first-year campaign with a tie for third following a 1.94m (6' 4.25") high jump mark.
The track was kind to Memphis this weekend in the Tigers first runs of 2011 on banked tracks. Sophomore Abdi Guleed won the 800m run with a season-best 1:56.57 run; freshman Brandon Williams wasn't far behind in fifth thanks to a 1:57.93 mark.
In longer distance action, freshman James Maglasang was seventh in his second career 3000m run with an 8:42.08 mark. Sprinting freshmen Taurean Nixon (sixth) and Jaz Davis (eighth) had runs of 22.38 and 22.52, respectively, in the 200m dash. They, along with senior Frashod Barlow, qualified for tomorrow's 60m dash finals, with Nixon and Davis slated as the top two qualifiers.
The women's side also had a number of big-time performances, notably in the high jump. Sophomore Kirsten Berding was runner-up in the event with a 1.69m (6' 6.50") leap, while freshman Laura Toldy was fifth following her 1.64m (5' 4.50") height.
Freshman Cyarra Wells set a personal-best on her way to a third-place weight throw finish, tossing the 20-pounder 16.78m (55' 0.75"). Redshirt frosh Britta Jaarats was fifth following her 16.54m (54' 3'25") toss.
Jaarats (13.88m; 45' 6.50") and freshman Anna Bischof (13.30m; 43' 7.75") were third and sixth, respectively, in the shot put. For Jaarats, it was her fourth top-three finish in five meets this season.
"Britta threw very well for us today," said Robinson. "Sometimes it's easy to forget that she's a freshman, but to be top-three in both throwing events is very good for her and us."
Senior Desiree' Blow earned a season-best eighth place finish in the long jump with a 5.24m (17' 2.25") leap.
Certain Tiger athletes will be in action tomorrow. In addition to the short sprints and hurdles, invitation-only events featuring Lowe and Harold (400m dash), Fillingsnes (800 run) and freshman Nick Lingley (800m run) will be run, scheduled to begin at 10:35 a.m.