Strong Day One for Tiger Throwers at Joey Hines Invitational
April 3, 2009
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - One event is completed following the first day of competition at the Joey Hines Invitational on Friday, April 3 is complete. After one event, the hammer throw, the University of Memphis throwers set the tone for the Tigers to put up a strong performance on Saturday.
Following the men's hammer throw, Memphis' lone representative junior Harding Zills placed 12th with a throw of46.59m (152-10). Both throwing unattached, winner of the event Steffen Nerdal recorded a throw of 67.90m (222-09) and Knut Syversen recorded a throw of 46.59m (152-10).
"The girls did a very nice job and improved substantially from their last outings," said head coach Kevin Robinson. "I'm pretty happy with that and we're excited about getting tomorrow under way."
On the women's side, top finisher sophomore Kristin Sundsteigen finished in fifth-place with a person record throw of 48.89m (160-05) while junior transfer Karmyn Clark recorded a 47.20m (154-10) throw which was good enough for seventh-place. Angela Wigley finished in eighth -place with a toss of 47.00m (154-02) and Alanna Owens rounded out the hammer throw field for Memphis with personal record throw of 35.96m (118-00).
Saturday's events commence at 11:00 a.m. with the women's long jump, women's discus, men's shot put and men's high jump. Running events begin at 11:30 a.m. The meet will conclude after the 1600m relay which is scheduled to be run at 3:55 p.m.
The meet which has been held on the first weekend in April since 1982, will feature 20 teams including nine men's teams and 11 women's teams. The field includes a number of championship teams including Lincoln University's NCAA Division II women's indoor championship team, the SIU-Carbondale women's team that won the Missouri Valley Conference indoor title, the Southeast Missouri men's team that won last year's Ohio Valley Conference outdoor title and the Rend Lake Community College team that has claimed several NJCAA national titles in the past few years.