Men Finish Third at C-USA Indoor Championships
Feb. 26, 2011
HOUSTON, Tex. - Memphis track and field got the best men's finish since 2003 and enjoyed several strong performances at the 2011 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, with two Tigers earning individual titles.
The men's squad finished behind host Houston (172 points) and Tulsa (107) with 89.50 points, just ahead of East Carolina's 86 points. The women's squad tied with Tulane for ninth place with 31 points.
After junior Karlis Pujats successfully defended his Conference USA pole vaulting title yesterday, junior hurdler Robert Jackson won the 60m hurdles with a season-best 7.96 mark. Senior Darius Anderson also earned points in the hurdles, finishing sixth with a personal-best 8.27 mark.
The Tigers had duos earn points in three different finals races on Saturday. In the 60m dash, freshmen Taurean Nixon (6.77) and Jaz Davis (6.95) were fourth and seventh, respectively, while in the 400m, seniors Richard Lowe and Nicholas Harold were fifth and sixth, with Lowe's 50.23 mark narrowly edging Harold's 50.29.
In the field, the shot put group had two men in the top eight, led by senior Knut Syversen's fourth-place, 16.82m (55' 2.25") throw. Syversen scored 13 points for the Tigers at this year's Championships, after finishing second in yesterday's weight throw.
He was joined in the top eight by sophomore Andrew Miller, who was fifth following a 16.49m (54' 1.25") mark.
In men's high jump, junior Jerome Leslie earned an all-conference nod with an eighth-place, 1.95m (6' 4.75") leap. Leslie was also sixth in the triple jump with a 14.37m (47' 1.75") mark.
In the finale of the heptathlon, freshman Austin Crenshaw used a first-place, 4.90m (16' 0.75") vault to finish sixth overall with 4,698 points.
On the women's side, three Tiger throwers took all-conference bids in shot put, led by redshirt freshman Britta Jaarats' fourth-place 14.21m (46' 7.50") mark. She narrowly edged freshman Anna Bischof, who threw the shot 14.16m (46' 5.50").
Freshman Samantha Legleiter was eighth with a career-best 13.00m (42' 8.00") mark.
Freshman Ellen Kildal also had a successful outing in the mile run, finishing seventh with a 5:00.22 mark.
Though the Conference Championships are concluded, there will be one more chance for some of Robinson's elite athletes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, at next Saturday's Razorback Last Chance, hosted by the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville.