@MemTigersTF_XC Men Take Three Titles on Day Two of the American Outdoor Championship
May 3, 2014
TAMPA, Fla.-The University of Memphis men's track and field team took three titles and rested in second place (65 points) after day two of the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Luis Hanssler and Tuure Hollo scored a combined 16 points for the men's team taking gold and bronze respectively in the decathlon. Hanssler took the championship with a new-program record score of 7,471 points.
Hanssler completed the final five events placing second in the 110m hurdles (15.43), third in the discus (36.45m, 119'7"), third in the pole vault (4.40m, 14'5.25"), fourth in the javelin (48.96m, 160'7")and second in the 1,500m (4:28.99). On day one of the event, Hanssler took first in the 100m (10.81), first in the long jump (7.24m, 23'9"), second in the shot put (12.96m, 42'6.25"), tied for first in the high jump (1.89m, 6'2.25") and first in the 400m (49.45).
Hollo took bronze in the decathlon with a final score of 6,866 points. In the final five events, Hollo took third in the 110m hurdles (15.62), second in the discus (40.35m, 132'4"), first in the pole vault (4.60m, 15'1"), second in the javelin (52.42m, 172'), and seventh in the 1,500m (4:58.38). On day one, Hollo took sixth in the 100m (11.60), seventh in the long jump (6.44m, 21'1.5"), fourth in the shot put (12.61m, 41'4.5"), tied for first in the high jump (1.89m, 6'2.25"), and seventh in the 400m (53.24).
In the shot put, Yannik Schaly took gold with a throw of 18.39m(60'4") scoring 10 team points. Luke Vaughn found the podium with a bronze medal performance of 17.43m (57'2.25") scoring six team points. Wade Wells (16.47m, 54'0.5", 2 points) and Tom Willcox (16.21m, 53'.2.25", one point) for a combined three team points.
Georgio Lynwood took gold in the high jump leaping, 2.10m (6'10.75") earning the men another 10 team points. Lynwood, Schaly and Hanssler's performances all established an American Athletic Conference record.
The Tigers scored more team points in the javelin and long jump events. Thomas Poole took fourth in the javelin with a mark of 61.96m (203'3") for five points. Austin Crenshaw tallied two more points in the javelin placing seventh at 57.67m (189'2"). In the long jump, Jaleen White placed fifth at 7.06m (23'2") for four team points.
In preliminary track events several Tigers punched their ticket to Sunday's finals. In the 1,500m prelims, Julien Wolf (3:55.52, eighth), Austin Carter (3:56.21, ninth), James Maglasang (3:56.77, 11th) and Drew Austell (3:56.79, 12th) all advanced to the finals.
In the 100m prelims, Joe Craig advanced with a seventh place finish of 10.74. Aaron Persinger and Aaron Willett each qualified for the 110m hurdle final. Persinger advanced with a time of 14.73 (fifth), while Willett clocked in at 15.15 (eighth).
Brandon Williams (52.99) and Persinger (52.83) both advanced in the 400m hurdle prelims finishing second and third respectively. In the 800m prelims, LaForesst Church took first at 1:50.21, while Fabian Fiege took fifth at 1:52.11 to advance to Sunday's finals.
The third and final day of competition at the American Athletic Conference Championship begins at 11:00 a.m. (CT) on Sunday. Final results will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.