Men's Track and Field Finishes Fifth at C-USA Championships
Feb. 27, 2010
Houston, Texas - - The University of Memphis track and field teams concluded competition at the 2010 Conference USA Championships on Saturday in Houston, Texas.
After a third place finish in the 4x400m relay, the men's team finished the 2010 C-USA Indoor Championships with 80 points and a fifth place finish while Houston claimed the championship. The Lady Tigers finished 11th in the team standings with 18 points with UTEP taking home the women's championship.
Sophomore pole vaulter finished second in the pole vault competition with his fifth school record performance of the season. Pujats vaulted 5.21m (17-01.00) which is a NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Senior thrower Steffen Nerdal claimed his third-straight C-USA Indoor weight throw championship on Friday and was honored by the league's coaches as the male performer of the meet. The two-time All-America selection has been named performer of the meet the last three indoor championships, adding to his five selections as C-USA Athlete of the Week.
The Lady Tigers had two upperclassman claim eight points in the shot put. Junior thrower Marina Vojinovic claimed a fourth place finish with a toss of 14.34m (47-00.75). Senior Karmyn Clarke posted a mark of 13.61m (44-08.00) to finish sixth. Junior Jerome Leslie posted an All-C-USA performance in the triple jump in only his second competition of the season. Leslie finished seventh with a mark of 14.15m (46-05.25) to score two points.
Entering the 2010 shot put competition the Tigers had claimed seven-straight individual titles. Defending champion Knut Syversen finished second in the competition with a mark of 16.75m (54-11.50) to claim eight points for the Tigers. Senior Seth Major finished seventh with a toss of 15.91m (52-02.50). The Tigers dominance in the shot put was halted, but Memphis has claimed an individual championship in a throwing event for the last eight championships.
Junior distance runner Edwin Kipkorir claimed his second All-C-USA performance of his career in the mile run on Saturday. Kipkorir finished eighth with a time of 4:26.35 to score on point for the Tigers.
Lady Tiger senior hurdler Tayanna Simpson finished fith in the 60m hurdle finals with a time of 8.66 seconds. Simpson claimed her third All-C-USA performance with the finish.
The Tigers claimed two top-three finishes in the men's 60m hurdles. Sophomore Robert Jackson finished second with a time of 8.088 seconds to claim his second-straight top-five finish in the 60m hurdles at the C-USA Indoor Championships. Junior Preston Williams crossed the line with a time of 8.089 seconds to finish third for the Tigers.
Junior sprinter Richard Lowe finished third in the men's 400m dash with a time of 48.81 seconds, claiming his third All-C-USA performance. Freshman Brieuc Vandeleene finished eighth in the 800m run with a time of 2:04.74, claiming his first All-C-USA performance.
The Tigers will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., next weekend for the last chance qualifier. Steffen Nerdal (weight throw) has already qualified for the NCAA Championships. Knut Syversen (weight throw) and Karlis Pujats (pole vault) have posted provisional qualifying marks and will look to improve their marks at the last chance meet.
2010 C-USA Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship Results