@MemTigersTF_XC Advances Three More to the NCAA Outdoor Championship

May 31, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-Five Tigers were in action on the final day of the NCAA East Preliminary, Saturday, seeking to punch their ticket to Eugene, Ore. for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. At the end of the day, three Tigers advanced bringing the team’s final total of qualifiers up to five.

Needing a top-12 finish to advance, Pauls Pujats took sixth as Austin Crenshaw tied for 10th in the men’s pole vault. Pujats and Crenshaw each cleared a height of 5.32m (17’5.5”) to keep their season alive.

Pujats passed on the first two heights of 4.87m (15’11.75”) and 5.02m (16’5.5”). Pujats cleared the next progression of 5.17m (16’11.5”) on his first attempt. On the next height of 5.27m (17’3.5”), Pujats missed his first two attempts but cleared it on the third. Pujats posted his final mark of 5.32m (17’5.5”) on the next progression, missing the first attempt but clearing the second.

Crenshaw, like Pujats, passed on the first two heights of 4.87m (15’11.75”) and 5.02m (16’5.5”). The senior then cleared 5.17m (16’11.5”) and 5.27m (17’3.5”) each on first attempts. Crenshaw posted his final mark of 5.32m (17’5.5”) on the next progression, missing the first attempt but clearing the second.

In the men’s discus, Luke Vaughn placed ninth with a new personal-best of 58.02m (190’4”) to move on to the national finals. In rounds one and two of the event, Vaughn recorded marks of 55.72m (182’10”) and 54.54m (178’11”) respectively.

Vaughn then fouled in round three, but followed up with what would be his advancing mark of 58.02m (190’4”) in round four. Round five saw the freshman record a throw of 56.53m (185’5”), but he later fouled in round six.

In the women’s shot put, Vivian Brandhoff placed 28th overall with a throw of 15.17m (49’9.25”). In round one of the event, Brandhoff notched a mark of 14.92m (48’11.5”), but fouled in round two. Brandhoff recorded her final mark of 15.17m (49’9.25”) in round three.

Moving to the men’s high jump, Georgio Lynwood placed 36th overall clearing a height of 2.05m (6’8.75”). On the first two progressions of 2.00m (6’6.75”) and 2.05m (6’8.75”), Lynwood missed on the first but cleared on the second attempt. Lynwood’s competition ended on the next progression 2.10m (6’10.75”) as missed on all three attempts.

Pujats, Crenshaw and Vaughn join Carolina Carmichael as those who advanced through the NCAA East Preliminary. On Friday, Carmichael Carmichael tied for third in the women’s pole vault with a new program-record of 4.20m (13’9.25”). During the competition, Carmichael passed on the first two heights of 3.75m (12’3.5”) and 3.90m (12’9.5”). On the third progression, Carmichael cleared 4.05m (13’3.5”) on her first attempt.

The bar was then raised to 4.15m (13’7.25”). Carmichael missed the first two attempts, but cleared the height on her third try. The event was then halted due to weather, forcing all of the competitors to wait for nearly three hours before they could continue.

Coming out of the weather delay, Carmichael cleared 4.20m (13’9.25”) on her first attempt to secure a spot in the national championship. Carmichael broke her own school-record of 4.18m (13’8.5”) set at the Georgia Tech Invitational on May 16.

The Tigers now have combined total of five athletes that will compete at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Luis Hanssler, the Tigers’ fifth qualifier, will compete in the decathlon after securing a national ranking of No. 16 in the event following his gold medal winning performance at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

The 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship is set for June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore. For more information on the University of Memphis track and field program and all Tigers, athletics please visit GoTigersGo.com.



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