Tiger Track in Sixth Through Second Day of Competition
May 11, 2001
Tampa, Fla.-- - Led by a second-place finish from Delvit Rogers and a sixth and seventh-place finish by a pair of freshmen, the University of Memphis men's track and field team is in sixth-place at the end of the second day of competition.
Rogers, competing in his first outdoor meet since the Big Cat Classic on Apr. 1st, finished second in the long jump, falling just short of provisionally-qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a best mark of 7.61 meters (24-11.75). The provisional mark is 7.65 meters. Teammate Courtland Perry fell just short of scoring for the team in the event, finishing eighth with a best jump of 7.02 meters (23-0.50).
Martin finished sixth in the shot with a best put of 15.58 meters (51-1.50). Fellow freshman Greg Doughty finished seventh with a mark of 15.11 meter (49-7).
In the only other final event, sophomore Ryan Smith finished seventh in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:29.98.
The Tiger sprinters had another dominating afternoon, sending three individuals into the Saturday finals in the 100. Of the nine student-athletes that will advance into the final, three are from Memphis, three from Houston, one from Charlotte, one from Cincinnati and one from Louisville.
Senior Larry Crawford, trying to defend his 100-meter crown from last
year's outdoor season, led all qualifiers with a 10.38 second clocking.
Junir teammate Franck Diadhiou was second with a time of 10.58, while
freshman Ivan Williams was sixth with a time of 10.63. Von Webb, also
a member of the Tiger football team, finished 12th with a time of 10.83.
In the 200, Crawford posted the second-fastest heat time of 21.74 behind Houston's Robert Foster, who crossed the line in 21.29. Also advancing to the final from Memphis is Diadhiou (third with a 21.75), and Williams (seventh with a 22.08). Another member of the football team competing in the sprints fell just short of advancing into the finals with a ninth-place finish in 22.16.
Saturday's schedule begins at 2 p.m.
200-meter dash, prelims
1500-meter run, prelims
3000-meter steeplechase, finals