@MemTigersTF_XC Men Strike Gold on Day One of the American Indoor Championships
Feb. 28, 2014
New York, N.Y.-The University of Memphis men’ s track and field team sits in second place with 36 overall team points at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships after day one of the two day meet.
Pauls Pujats and Austin Crenshaw kicked-off the scoring in the pole vault placing in order first and second for a total of 18 team points. Pujats took gold with a vault of 5.45m (17’10.5”) setting a new program-record and tallying 10 points.
Pujats broke the record of his older brother Kalis Pujats set in 2011 of 5.36m (17’7”). Pujats’ mark also established an American Indoor Championships record.
Crenshaw took silver clearing a height 5.25m (17’2.75”) scoring eight team points. This marks the second year in a row that the duo of Crenshaw and Pujats finished in the top-two in indoor conference competition.
The Tigers racked up nine points in the weight throw. Tom Willcox (17.31m, 56’2.5”, 4 points), Luke Vaughn (16.98m, 55’8.5”, 3 points) and Will Hubber (16.83m, 55’2.75”, 2 points) finished in order fifth through seventh. Vaughn’s mark of 16.98m (55’8.5”) was a new personal-best for the freshman.
In other field events from day one, Michael McManus placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 7.16m (23’6”). McManus’ finish tacked on two more points for Memphis.
Moving to running events, Dan Kuhman took seventh in the 5,000m with a new personal best of 14:46.39 scoring two points. The Tigers scored their final points on the day in the distance medley relay when the team of Austin Carter, Brandon Williams, LaForrest Church and James Maglasang took fifth in a time of 10:05.75 for five points.
Several Tigers turned in qualifying times in preliminary round competition. Joe Craig qualified for the 60m finals with a time of 6.96. Carter (4:14.08) and Julien Wolf (4:14.40) each qualified for the mile run finals. In the 800m preliminaries, Fabian Fiege (1:52.42) and LaQuintin Garner (1:54.11) each turned in qualifying times.
Through four events of the heptathlon, Luis Hanssler and Tuure Hollo sit is second and third respectively. Hanssler took first it the 60m (7.11), first in the long jump (7.36m, 24’1.75”), fourth in the shot put (12.28m, 40’3.5”) and seventh in the high jump (1.81m, 5’11.25”) for a day one total of 3,003 points. Hollo totaled 2,903 points on day one taking sixth in the 60m (7.34), fourth in the long jump (6.51m, 21’4.25”), second in the shot put (13.50m, 44’3.5”) and second in the high jump (1.93m, 6’4”).
Finals for all remaining track events and heptathlon events will take place on Saturday. Final results from day two of the American Indoor Track and Field Championships will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.