Tigers Take Titles on Day One of C-USA Indoor Championships
Feb. 24, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-University of Memphis track and field squads got to work at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, on Saturday. The Tigers took gold and set new program-records in two events. At the end of day one, the women's team (36 points) sat in first place overall, with the men's squad (27 points) in fourth.
Xenia Rahn took gold in the women's pentathlon tallying 4,004 points, tying the C-USA Indoor Championships' meet record held by former Memphis athlete Charlotte Abrahamsenset in 2008. During the course of her pentathlon win, Rahn placed first in three events taking the top spot in the shot put (12.50m, 41'.25"), long jump (5.87m, 19'3.25") and tying for first in the high jump (1.72m, 5'7.75").
Rahn's pentathlon gold netted the women's team 10 overall points. In the open long jump, Rahn picked up three more team points with a sixth-place leap of 5.79m (10'). In the men's long jump, Manuel Zieglertook silver with a mark of 7.36m (24'1.75") picking up 8 overall points for the men's squad.
The Tigers' second gold medal of the day came in the men's high jump. Georgio Lynwooddefended his C-USA title taking first at a height of 2.11m (6'11"), netting the men's team 10 overall points.
In the women's pole vault, the program-record was raised once again by Clara Amat Fernandez and Sabrina Hochreuther. The duo both cleared 3.94m (12'11") surpassing the school-record of 3.90m (12'9.5") that Amat Fernandez and Hochreuther each posted earlier in the indoor season. Based on tie breaker rules, Amat Fernandez took silver with Hochreuther taking bronze as Amat-Fernandez was able to clear previous heights in the progression in few attempts.
The men's and women's teams were both able to pick up team points in the weight throw. Cyarra Wells took fourth place over all netting five points with a personal-best throw of 19.41m (63'8.25"). On the men's side, Will Hubberwas able to pick up six points with a throw of 16.41m (53'10.25").
In track events, the distance medley relay team of Austin Carter, Brandon Williams, Godfrey Fayne and James Maglasang took bronze and scored six team points with a time of 9:59.98. The women's distance medley relay team of Nandia Taylor, Monica Mason, Laura Toldy and Louisa Lingleyscored four points with a fourth-place finish of 11:49.99.
In preliminary round qualifiers, Kala Funderburkpunched her ticket for the 200m and 400m finals set for Sunday. Funderburk set a new program-record in the 200m with time of 24.17, besting her own record of 24.61 set earlier this season. In the 400m, Funderburk crossed the line at 55.24 to advance.
Maya Williamson qualified for the women's 800m finals with time of 2:13.26. In the men's 800m, Fayne advance to Sunday's final with a time of 1:54.51. Tyrell Fordewill also see final round action on Sunday in the men's 60m hurdles after matching his personal-best of 8.12 in qualifying.
Action resumes at the C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday at 10 a.m. (CT) with the conclusion of the men's heptathlon. Tigers Luis Hanssler (3,002 points) and Marc Klaschka(2,916 points) currently sit in third and four place respectively with four of seven events completed.
Final results from the C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.