Lee Leads Impressive Tiger Effort on Day Two of Kickoff Klassic
Dec. 2, 2006
JONESBORO, Ark. - Gail Lee led Memphis track squad through another impressive performance in day two of the ASU Kickoff Klassic on Saturday, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships with a school record throw of 52-11 1/2 in the shot put.
In addition to Lee's record setting mark, Tiger heptathlete Jason Morgan set a new Memphis record in the heptathlon with 4488 points, taking home a third place finish in the event.
"We had a great initial meet," said Memphis head coach Kevin Robinson. "We fought hard and competed hard. Some of our young kids competed really well, and I'm excited to see them develop."
The women's distance group was well represented. Sophomore Emily Malinowski took home a pair of meet titles in the mile and 3000 meters. Fellow runners Becca McMahon and Mary Claire Dake also scored in both events.
Junior Chen Edri cleared 5-06 in the high jump and grabbed a third place finish.
Lee's throw in the shot put was good enough to give her the meet title, but she was challenged by fellow Lady Tiger Susan King, who finished just seven inches back. Junior Sivan Aballi and freshman Angela Wigley also placed in the shot, finishing in third and fourth place.
On the men's side, Amaechi Oselukwue, Stephon Greenlee and Larry Harris finished third, fourth and fifth in the 55-meter hurdles, respectively.
Juan Arboleda and Geoff Standen each scored in the both the 3000 meters and mile run, and Sam James, who moved from the 400 to 800 meters during the off-season, took second in the 800 with a personal best time of 1:57.71.
The Memphis men were almost as dominating in the shot put as their Lady Tiger counterparts. Transfer Glen Edwards was second with a throw of 54-02.5. Greg Norrid and Norbert Gulyas finished fifth and sixth, with each throwing over 50 feet.
"We're looking to continue our progression throughout the season," said Robinson. "Setting four school records in our opening meet is sign that we're getting better."