Tigers Use Great Weather for Strong Day at Joey Haines Invitational
April 3, 2010
Cape Girardeau, Mo. – The University of Memphis track and field squads made the short trip north on Interstate 55 to compete at the Joey Haines Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Abe Stuber Track and Field Complex on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
The men’s team returns to the Bluff City with a first place finish in the team scoring with 146.50 points. The Lady Tigers finished in third place in the team standings with 85.33 points.
Junior sprinter LaShundra Kershaw collected her first individual crown of the season with a first place finish in the 100m dash. Kershaw crossed the finish line in a personal-best 11.95 seconds to take the first place honors. Kershaw collected her second top-three finish of the meet with a third place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 25.12 seconds.
In the men’s 100m dash, junior Frashod Barlow collected his first top-10 performance of the season with a sixth place finish. Barlow crossed the finish line in 11.20 seconds. The Franklin, Tenn. native followed his first top-10 finish with a second of the meet, an eighth place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 22.51 seconds.
Junior Richard Lowe posted a first place finish in the men’s 400m dash, crossing the finish line in a season-best 47.89 seconds. Junior transfer Nick Harold gave the Tigers two finishers in the top-five with a fifth-place personal-best time of 49.58 seconds. In the women’s 400m dash, freshmen Monica Mason finished 10th with a time of 59.67 seconds.
Freshman Abdi Guleed finished second in the 800m run for the second-straight meet with a finish time of 1:56.97. Fellow freshman Brieuc Vandeleene ran his first 800m run competition of the season and finished seventh with a time of 1:58.70. Trent Scott, also a freshman, gave the Tigers another top-10 finish in the 800m run with a ninth place time of 1:58.93. Sophomore Keyona Neal finished second among all competitiors in the women’s 800m run, but first among collegiate competition. Neal posted a personal-best time of 2:19.50.
Vandeleene collected his first career first place finish in the 1,500m run. The Nivelles, Belgium native posted a personal-best time of 3:58.53 to finish first. Guleed finished seventh with a time of 4:08.00 to collect his second top-10 performance of the day.
Freshmen Kirsten Berding and Alyssa Northcutt combined to give the Lady Tigers two top-five finishes in the javelin throw. Berding finished fourth with a personal-best throw of 37.63m (123-05) followed by a fifth-place throw personal best of 37.38m (122-08) from Northcutt. Freshman Nate Arnold finished fourth in the men’s javelin with a throw of 43.95m (144-02).
Berding collected her best finish of her career in the women’s high jump with a second place personal-best jump of 1.63m (5-04.25). Sophomore Vivian Haynes finished fifth with a jump of 1.57m (5-01.75). Junior Jerome Leslie finished fourth in the men’s high jump, clearing the bar set at 1.98m (6-06.00).
In the men’s triple jump, Leslie finished third with a leap of 14.41m (47-03.50). Junior Darrell Lewis collected a seventh place finish in the men’s long jump with a leap of 6.78m (22-03.00).
Sophomore pole vaulter Karlis Pujats finished second in the competition on Saturday with a mark of 5.00m. Arnold finished tied for seventh with a vault of 4.25m. In the women’s pole vault, freshman Lauren Gale finished fourth with a personal-best vault of 3.50m. Northcutt finished tied for 10th with a mark of 3.00m.
Lady Tiger distance runner Kayleigh Brown finished second in the 3000m steeplechase with a personal- best time of 11:24.36. Juniors Jorgen Ekdahl (10:06.05) and Joe Coneo Jr. (10:21.10) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. Junior Jacob Chapman wrapped up the distance running day for the Tigers with a 10th place finish in the 5,000m run with a time of 16:02.13.
The Tigers had strong performances in the short hurdles with four top-10 performances. In the men’s 110m hurdles, sophomore Robert Jackson crossed the finish line first with a time of 14.63 seconds. Junior Preston Williams finished third with a time of 15.20 seconds. In the women’s 100m hurdles, junior Dersiree’ Blow finished seventh with a personal-best time of 15.23 seconds, followed by junior Holland Thomas in eighth place with a time of 15.29 seconds.
Thomas collected a sixth place finish in the women’s 400m hurdles competition later in the day. The Princeton, N.J. native crossed the line in personal-best time of 1:02.77 seconds. Sophomore Alex Sweet collected his best finish of the young season with a second place, personal-best time of 53.57 seconds in the men’s 400m hurdles.
The Tigers fared well in the relays, collecting top-five finishes in each of the three relays entered. In the men’s 4x100m relay, the Tigers finished fifth with a time of 42.65 seconds. The women’s 4x400m relay team finished third, crossing the finish line in a season-best 3:54.02 seconds. The best finish among relays came in the men’s 4x400m relay which finished second with a season-best time of 3:14.73 seconds.
The men’s shot putters continued to collect top-10 performances on Saturday. Junior Knut Syversen finished fourth with a throw of 16.16m (53-00.25). Freshmen Andrew Miller finished 10th with a mark of 15.26m (50-00.75). In the women’s shot put, senior Karmyn Clarke finished eight, throwing a season-best 13.11m (43-00.25).
The Tigers collected three more top-10 finishes in the discus throw. Senior Steffen Nerdal led the Tiger finishers with a third place regional qualifying throw of 52.89m (173-06). Senior Seth Major finished fifth with a season-best mark of 51.02m (167-05) followed by Syversen in eighth place with a personal-best throw of 48.05m (157-08).
In the hammer throw on Friday night, Nerdal threw a meet record and regional qualifying throw of 68.60m (225-01). The mark sets a new University of Memphis record in the hammer throw, beating out his previous best of 68.21m (223-09) set in 2008. Syversen finished fourth with a regional qualifying throw of 57.73m (189-05) and senior Harding Zills finished eighth with a mark of 52.40m (171-11). In the women’s hammer Clarke finished eighth with a throw of 47.80m (156-10).
The Tiger track and field teams return to action next weekend at the Arkansas Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark on Friday, April 9 and Saturday April 10.