Erickson Take Three-Top Three finishes at Ole Miss Invitational
April 8, 2006
OXFORD, Miss. - J.D. Erickson continued his dominance in the throwing events half way through the season, as the junior took top-three finishes in each of his three events at the Ole Miss Invitational.
Erickson, a Memphis native, won the discus with a throw 169-01" (51.53m), while finishing second in the shot put with a mark of 56-00.50" (17.08m) and third in the hammer with a regional qualifying mark of 184-01" (56.11m).
On the women's side, Gail Lee improved her stance in the Lady Tiger record breaking her own U of M records in a pair of regional-qualifying efforts, while Emily Malinowski added another school record for the Lady Tigers, also bettering a mark the she previously held.
Lee registered a toss of 182-10" (55.74m) in the hammer and posted a throw of 50-06.75" (15.41m) in the shot put to break her previous school marks in both events. Both marks also qualified the Fort Worth, Texas native for NCAA Mideast Regionals, as she surpassed the regional mark in the hammer for the first time, while bettering a previous regional effort in the shot put.
Malinowski broke the Lady Tiger record in the 3000m steeplechase for the second time this season, posting a time of 10:55.92 to win the event and better her previous mark by over 10 seconds.
In other top showings, Susan King finished third in both the shot put and discus with a tosses of 49-08.50" (15.15m) and 155-08" (47.45m), respectively. Both marks topped the Regional standards for the events, while the effort in the shot was a new personal-best.
Several additional U of M athletes posted top-six showings on the day. Tyler Frazier finished second in the javelin with a throw of 185-01" (56.42m), while Chen Edri finished second in the high jump with a clearance of 5-05.00" (1.65m), also placing sixth in the javelin with a throw of 123-11" (37.78m).
Norbert Gulyas and Sivan Aballi finished fourth in their respective discus competitions, recording tosses of 160-02" (48.82m) and 148-03" (45.20m). Mary Claire Dake finished fifth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 12:17.32, and Geoff Standen finished sixth in the 800m with a time of 1:57.73.
The Memphis track and field teams will be back in action next weekend, as they split up for the Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee and the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational at Western Illinois University.