Tigers and Lady Tigers Finish Second at Bulldog Invitational
March 31, 2007
MEMPHIS - In their first team meet of the outdoor season the Tiger and Lady Tiger track teams both turned in strong performances at the Mississippi State Bulldog Invitational with each squad finishing in second-place and a pair of athletes earning NCAA Regional qualifications.
Both the Tigers and Lady Tigers easily outdistanced the meet's third-place finishers. The Memphis men's team finished 54 points ahead of Southeast Missouri State while the women's team was 50 points better than Alabama.
Senior Gail Lee took home the top individual performance for the Lady Tigers winning the shot put with a mark of 52-11 and the hammer with a throw of 180-00. Lee finished second in the discus with a new personal-best throw of 155-10. The two-time All-American is now qualified for the NCAA Regional in all three events.
The top men's performance belonged to senior Brandon Winbush who produced superb distance of 24-08.25 in the men's long jump to qualify for the NCAA Regionals for the third time in his career.
The men's throws group was dominate once again. Steffen Nerdal threw 20 feet under his season best in the hammer throw but still managed to win that event as well as the discus. Glen Edwards took first-place in the shot put and Christian McDonald and Jason Theodorakas finished first and second in the men's javelin.
Lady Tiger Distance runner Emily Malinowski won the women's 3000 meters with a time of 10:10.11 and finished just two seconds off of her own school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a 10:57.52.
Chen Edri took the women's high jump event title with a clearance of 5-07, and Ashton Baldwin and Whitney Bolton repeated their performance from last weekend in the pole vault, clearing a height of 11-05.75 to finish in first and second-place respectively.
Women's thrower Nikole Jackson topped her collegiate best in the hammer with a distance of 162-01. Gaylon Muhammad tallied eight points for the Lady Tigers with a second-place finish in the triple jump.