U of M Athletes Claim Five Victories and a School Record at Two Meets Saturday
April 16, 2005
Memphis, Tenn. - It was another highly successful day for Memphis track and field athletes as the U of M claimed three victories and a school record at the Jace Lacoste Invitational in Starkville, Miss., and two additional wins at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational, in Macomb, Ill. Janon Busby, Daniel Kiss and the Men's 4x100m Relay team each took home a title in Starkville, while Josetta Brooks picked up a pair of medals in Macomb and Chen Edri etched her name in the U of M record books.
Busby's tally came in the triple jump where the senior posted a season-best bound of 50-08.25" (15.45m) to claim first place, and more importantly improve upon previous NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 50-00.75" (15.26m).
Kiss logged his victory in his specialty event, the 110m hurdles, posting a time of 13.91s to outdistance the field. The mark was just off his season-best effort of 13.80 seconds, which ranked fourth in the nation entering the weekend.
The men's 4x100m relay team of Daniel Bandy, Willie Green, Kiss and Gary Nemeth put together its best race of the season as well, posting a time of 40.79s to win the event over fellow Conference USA member Southern Mississippi. Their time was just over a tenth of a second off the Regional qualifying time of 40.66s.
Chen Edri did not win an event, but had a tremendous day one-the-less, setting two season bests and adding her name to the school record books. Her record-setting toss came with a mark of 136-03" (41.52m), in the javelin, while she cleared a height of 5-07.00" (1.70m) to set a season best in the high jump. The freshman placed third in both events.
Brooks, who was one of only two athletes to travel to Macomb, had a huge day at the Lee Calhoun Memorial, setting a season best in one win and a personal best in the other. The junior's first crown came in the 100m hurdles where she logged a time of 14.50s for her best effort of the 2005 campaign. Her second triumph came in a personal-record time of 1:04.24 in the 400m hurdles.
Beyond the five wins, numerous other U of M athletes put together strong performances at the Jace Lacoste Invitational where the entire men's squad and a majority of the women's squad competed on the day.
For the Tigers, Brandon Winbush had a great showing in the long jump, placing second in the event with a leap of 24-06.25" (7.47), and more significantly setting a new personal best and improving on his NCAA Regional qualifying mark in the process. Winbush also placed second to Busby in the triple jump with a mark of 44-09.50" (13.65m).
Willie Green added a second runner-up tally for the U of M men, placing second in the 100m with a time of 10.69s. Two more Tigers finished in the top-five in the 100m with Gary Nemeth finishing third in a time of 10.70s and Imre Lorincz placing fifth in a time of 10.87s. Nemeth also placed fifth in the 200m, with a time of 21.92s.
Additionally, Norbert Gulyas, Jason Morgan and Cody Rushing each set a personal or season best and finished in the top-five in at least one event on the day. Gulyas logged a personal best in the discus and a season best in the shot put, recording tosses of 163-02" (49.74m) and 49-08.25" (15.14m), respectively, to place third and fifth in the events. Morgan registered a fourth-place finish in the javelin with a personal-best effort of 164-06" (50.15m), while Rushing set season bests in the pole vault (14-00.00"; 4.26m) and javelin (148-09"; 45.34m), placing fifth and sixth, respectively.
On the women's side, Victoria Crawford was the highest Lady Tiger finisher at the meet, as she placed second in the triple jump with a bound of 40-01.50" (12.23m).
Annette Uzoh set a pair of personal records on the day, placing third in both the hammer and shot put with heaves of 148-10" (45.37m) and 43-01.75" (13.15m), respectively.
Sivan Aballi added another personal best for the squad, as she logged a toss of 39-10.75" (12.16m) in a fifth-place finish in the shot put. The freshman also placed third in the discus with an effort of 138-06" (42.22m).
After an incredible weekend, which saw the five wins and two school records, - Daniele Riendea broke her own record in the 1500m on Friday - the U of M track and field squads will now prepare to return to Oxford, Miss. for the third time this season, as they will compete in the Mississippi Open next Saturday, April 23.