Busby and Kiss Improve Regional Qualifying Marks at Arkansas State
May 7, 2005
Jonesboro, Ark. - Even with only a few athletes competing Saturday at Arkansas State, the U of M track and field squads still put together a number of strong performances in Jonesboro. Leading the way were Janon Busby and Daniel Kiss, who improved on their NCAA Regional qualifying marks in the triple jump and 110m hurdles, respectively.
On the women's side, Chen Edri added another stellar performance, setting a new school record in the high jump.
Busby posted a leap of 51-00.00" (15.55m) to win the triple jump and better his previous qualifying mark of 50-08.25" (15.45m), which led Conference USA entering the weekend. The senior then added a second victory in the high jump with a personal-best effort of 6-09.00" (2.06m).
Kiss, who also led C-USA and ranked sixth nationally in the 110m hurdles going into the meet, recorded a blazing time of 13.49s to win the event. After being off the radar in the national picture entering the season, the Budapest Hungary native will likely enter next weekend's C-USA Outdoor Championships ranked in the top five in the country.
As for Edri, the freshman registered her second school record of the season with a clearance of 5-08.00" (1.73m) to win the high jump and break Janeen Gooden's former mark of 5-07.75" (1.72m). Earlier in the season, Edri set the U of M record in the javelin, an event which she also won on Saturday with a throw of 135-05" (41.28m).
In addition to the top three performers, several other Memphis athletes posted solid performances on the day. For the Tigers, Brandon Winbush and Norbert Gulyas just missed regional standards with marks of 24-00.00" (7.31m) and 164-05" (50.12m) in the long jump and discus, respectively. Both Winbush and Gulyas had already qualified for NCAA Regionals in their particular events.
On the women's side, Maria Majzik recorded a season best in the long jump with a leap of 18-00.00" (5.49m) to win the event. Annette Uzoh and Sivan Aballi each put up two sound efforts in the throwing events with Uzoh logging tosses of 145-00" (44.20m) in the hammer and 41-06.50" (12.66m) in the shot put and Aballi registering marks of 142-08" (43.50m) in the discus and 41-02.25" (12.55m) in the shot put.
Following their final regular-season meet, the track and field squads will now have one more short week of preparation before traveling to Houston for the C-USA Outdoor Championships next Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14.