@MemTigersTF_XC Men Take Fourth at American Indoor Championships

March 1, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y.-The University of Memphis men’s track and field team took fourth overall (88 points) at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, on Saturday. UCONN (148 points), Louisville (121) and Houston (111 points) placed in order first through third at the first-year event.

The Tigers took two individual titles on the final day of competition. Georgio Lynwood gave Memphis 10 points taking gold in the high jump at a height of 2.09m (6’10.25”). Lynwood’s mark established an indoor conference meet record.

Memphis second title came in the conclusion of the heptathlon with Luis Hanssler taking gold with a program-record point total 5,444. The score established an indoor conference meet record and gave the Tigers 10 points.

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”), seventh in the high jump (1.81m, 5’11.25”), first in the 60m hurdles (8.47), second in the pole vault (tied 4.60m, 15’1”), and third in the 1,000m run (2:48.28).

Teammate Tuure Hollo took bronze in the heptathlon adding six more points to the team total. Hollo took 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”), second in the high jump (1.93m, 6’4”), second in the 60m hurdles (8.53), second in the pole vault (tied 4.60m, 15’1”) and 11th in the 1,000m (2:57.52).

Memphis found the podium and tallied 12 points in the shot put. Yannik Schaly took bronze with a mark of 17.28m (56’8.5”) for six points. Tom Willcox (16.85m, 55’3.5”) and Luke Vaughn (16.79m, 55’1”) placed fifth and seventh for four and two points respectively.

In running events, the 800m finals gave the Tigers nine points and a podium finish. Fabain Fiege took silver (eight points) with a time of 1:50.93, a new personal best. LaQuintin Garner placed eighth (one point) in a time of 1:54.72.

The Blue and Gray notched a huge podium finish taking silver in the 4 x 400m relay for eight points. The team of LaForrest Church, Fiege, Godfrey Fayne and Garner crossed the line at 3:15.53. The time was just shy of the program-record of 3:15.50 established in 1983.

The Tigers picked up a total of five more points on the day in the 60m, 60m hurdles and triple jump. Joe Craig took eighth in the 60m in a time of 6.98 for one point. In the 60m hurdles, Aaron Willett placed eighth at 8.30 for one point. Jaleen White added three points in the triple jump with a sixth place finish and personal-best of 14.95m (49’.75”).

On day one, 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 marked 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.

For more information on the University of Memphis track and field program and all Tigers athletics, please visit GoTigersGo.com.



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