Memphis Finishes 3rd at C-USA Indoor Championships
March 3, 2003
HOUSTON-The University of Memphis Track & Field teams completed competition at the C-USA Indoor Championships on the University of Houston Campus.
Three Memphis records fell and three athletes were named individual C-USA Champions. Mate Nemeth won the 3000m run with a record breaking time of 8:29.27. Lisa-Marie Hyman won the triple jump competition with a leap of 41'04.50, breaking her own indoor record and Adam Martin turned heads with his victory in the shotput thanks to his throw of 56'08.75. It was a personal record for Martin.
The Memphis Men had a great weekend and placed 3rd at the meet with 75 points. Houston won the 2003 C-USA Indoor Title with 155 points. TCU finished second (140.5 points) and East Carolina finished fourth with 70 points.
On the women's side, The Lady Tigers finished in 10th place scoring 19 points. Houston won the meet with 135.50 points and South Florida finished 2nd with 131 points.
Day Two Recap:
Adam Martin and Mate Nemeth became the first Memphis Tigers since Jeff Doughty in 2002 to win an individual conference title. Martin won the shotput competition with a heave of 56'08.75. Nemeth blew away the competition in the 3000m run with a time of 8:29.27. His teammate, Adam Didyk finish second with a time of 8:46.72, giving Memphis an impressive 1-2 finish in the event.
Lisa-Marie Hyman now holds the triple jump crowns in both indoor and outdoor competition. She set a new Memphis school record, breaking her own previous record with a leap of 41'04.00 to win the event.
"I'm really happy that I was able to do this," said an elated Hyman. "My hamstring had been giving me problems, but I just want thank God for allowing me overcome it and win this competition."
Monique Nelson scored the first points for the Memphis Women when she placed 5th in the shotput with a toss of 44'10.25. The throw was the best of the indoor season for Nelson.
Freshmen Willie Green and Istvan Kerekjarto each earned third place finishes in their events. Green's ran a 6.78 in 60m dash and Kerekjarto ran a 1:55.57 in the 800m run. The excellent performances by the two freshmen in their first C-USA Championship meet bolds well for the future here at Memphis.
Day One Recap:
Mate Nemeth, running the 5000m for the first time placed second in the event with a school record breaking time of 14:52.78. His teammate Adam Didyk ran 14:54.02 to place third and the Tigers earned 14 points from the 5000m run alone.
Adam Martin Placed third in the weight throw with a heave of 52'08.75. The Distance Medley relay team consisting of Ferenc Bekesi, Jeff Doudrick, Hugh Ferry and Austin Hunter placed third with a time of 10:10.50. Bekesi, running anchor, sprinted to the finish line passing two runners to give the Tigers the third place finish.
Many Tigers and Lady Tigers competed in preliminary events today. Keenan Gibson qualified for the finals of the 200m dash with a prelim time of 25.14. She just missed qualifying for the finals of the 60m dash. Her time of 7.64 was good enough for 8th place and a spot in the finals, but Louisville runner Alana Mestelle also ran a 7.64 and after review of a photo finish, Mestelle was given the nod over Gibson to advance to tomorrow's finals.
Action begins tomorrow at 9:00 with the field events and running events beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Landon Norris ran a 8.37 in the 60m hurdles and qualified for tomorrow's finals. Freshmen Willie Green's time of 6.82 met the standard to run in the finals of the 60m dash and fellow freshmen Istvan Kerekjarto advanced to the finals in the 800m 1:58.12.