Tiger Men Earn Seventh-Place and Lady Tigers grab Sixth-Place at C-USA Championships
May 16, 2009
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Memphis track and field teams finished competition at the 2009 C-USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The men's team took seventh-place with 69 total points while the women's team earned sixth place at the championships with a total of 68.50.
"Overall, we had some outstanding individual performances," said head coach Kevin Robinson. "The women's team continues to improve each year and we're getting closer to winning a team title. We didn't compete some of our top athletes on the men's side and it hindered our scores and place, but I'm proud to be a part of this program and the coach of these athletes. We've come a very long way in just a few short years."
On the final day in the field, senior Christian McDonald recorded a season best toss in the javelin throw of 63.55m (208-06) earning fourth-place. On the women's side, sophomore Charlotte Abrahamsen placed fourth with a season best NCAA regional qualifying throw of 44.36m (145-06) and freshman Inger Anne Froysedal earned fifth-place with a throw of 42.27m (138-08)
Senior Greg Norrid took third-place in the shot put with a mark of 15.60m (51-02.25). In the men's triple jump defending champion and conference meet record holder sophomore Aaron Whetstone took second-place with a season best and NCAA regional qualifying mark of 15.90m (52-02.00). In the women's triple jump, Froysedal set a personal record and bested her own school record with a leap of 13.03m (42-09.00) and took second-place. Freshman Kyosha Yarbrough earned seventh-place with her personal record and NCAA regional qualifying jump of 12.36m (40-06.75).
"We qualified a few more girls for the regionals which I'm very pleased with," said Robinson. "That was a highlight of the meet for us. Greg (Norrid) is coming off his pectoral tear and didn't throw his best marks, but still competed hard and Aaron (Whetstone) just came out and did what he always does and put up some big marks."
The Lady Tigers earned the most All-C-USA championship performances in the women's shot put. Sophomore Marina Vojinovic recorded her personal record with a second-place mark of 15.36m (50-04.75). Junior Karmyn Clark earned fifth-place with her personal record NCAA regional qualifying throw of 14.37m (47-01.75). Sophomore Kristin Sundsteigen grabbed her personal best throw of 14.12m (46-04.00) and earned seventh-place. Sophomore Charlotte Abrahamsen earned eighth-place with a toss of 13.91m (45-07.75) and freshman Alanna Owens placed ninth with a toss of 13.66m (44-09.75).
"Sivan (Aballi) our leading shot put thrower didn't compete and we lost a few points there, but the other girls stepped up and threw some of their best marks and Karmyn (Clark) even qualified for regionals," said Robinson.
On the track, junior Tayanna Simpson earned fifth-place in the 100m hurdles with an NCAA regional qualifying time of 13.64 after setting a school record of 13.60 in the preliminaries. Sophomore Darius Anderson earned third-place in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.73. In the 800m run, sophomore Guy Hudson took fifth-place with a time of 154.50.
"Tayanna (Simpson) did a great job setting a school record and qualifying for regionals and Darius (Anderson) ran the best race of his career," said Robinson. "Guy Hudson really did well in the 800m run when one of our best Aaron Evans didn't finish the race."
Sophomore Richard Lowe earned second-place in the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.63 and freshman Alex Sweet earned seventh-place with a time of 54.72. Simpson took home seventh-place in the women's 400m hurdles with a time of 1:06.03.
The Tiger's 4x100m relay that consisted of Lowe, Eric July, Whetstone and Frashod Barlow, took home fifth-place in the 4x100m relay with a time of 43.09 while the Lady Tigers team consisting of Deneen Kirk, Eryka Morris, Yarbrough and LaShundra Kershaw earned seventh-place with a time of 47.29.
In the last event of the day, the men's 4x400m relay team consisting of Hudson, Aaron Evans, Sweet and Lowe earned third-place with a time of 3:14.46.
"At the end of the day, we had some let downs, but several people that put together some great individual performances," said Robinson.
Eleven Tigers will compete in twelve individual events at the NCAA MidEast Regionals in Louisville, Ky. on Friday and Saturday May 29-30. Those Tigers that have set NCAA regional qualifying marks are Aaron Evans in the 800m run, Richard Lowe in the 400m hurdles, Christian McDonald in the javelin throw, and Aaron Whetstone in the long jump and triple jump. The Lady Tigers that have qualifying marks include Sivan Aball in in the shot put, Charlotte Abrahamsen in the javelin, Karmyn Clark in the shot put, Inger Anne Froysedal in the triple jump, Tayanna Simpson in the 100m hurdles, Marina Vojinovic in the shot put, and Kyosha Yarbrough in the triple jump.
Men - Team Rankings - 21 Events Scored ======================================================================= 1) Houston 198 2) UTEP 149 3) Rice 112 4) East Carolina 98 5) Tulsa 97 6) Southern Miss 73 7) Memphis 69 8) Tulane 4