@MemTigersTF_XC Set for Vanderbilt Invitational

Jan. 23, 2014

Memphis Track and Field Notebook Jan. 23

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-University of Memphis track and field squads return to action in their second meet of the indoor season at the Vanderbilt Invitational, on Friday. The Tigers look to improve on what was a strong start to the indoor season at Illinois.

"This weekend is a completely different kind of meet for us," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "It's very small, it's very exclusive and it's going to be extremely competitive across the board. I feel fortunate that we're invited and fortunate that we're at the level to compete at a meet like this."

The meet will include nine men's teams and 11 women's teams. The Memphis men will face a field that includes No. 13 Georgia and No. 16 Ole Miss. On the Women's side, the field includes No. 5 Georgia and No. 15 Mississippi State.

The event will be held at Vanderbilt University's new Multipurpose Facility. The venue includes a six-lance, 300-meter Mondo track and eight sprint lanes.

The two-day meet begins Friday at 5:00 p.m. (CT) with field events including the men's and women's high jump, long jump, weight throw and men's pole vault. Competition resumes on Saturday at 10:30 am (CT) with a full slate of track events, with remaining field events beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Results from the Vanderbilt Invitational will be posted on GoTigegrsGo.com as they are made available.

Tigers Earn Weekly Honors
Following standout performances at the Illini Classic, University of Memphis track and field athletes Maya Williamson and Georgio Lynwood each earned American Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week awards the league office announced on Tuesday.

Williamson took home the Female Track Athlete of the Week honors with her first place finish of 2:10.59 in the 800m. Lynwood earned Male Field Athlete of the Week honors for his second place performance of 2.08m (6'9.75") in the high jump.

Williamson and Lynwood are the first athletes from Memphis to earn Track and Field Athlete of the Week citations since the program joined the American Athletic Conference.

Conference Leaders
Two Tigers hold top spots in the American Athletic Conference Indoor Performance List. Maya Williamson ranks first in the women's 800m with at time of 2:09.11 (converted from 2:10.59 for track size), with Georgio Lynwood leading the men's high jump at 2.08m (6'9.75"). Williamson's 800m time also ranks seventh on the NCAA Div. I Indoor Qualifying List.

Up Next for Memphis
The Tigers return to action Friday, Jan. 24-25 at the Samford Multi and Invitaional in Birmingham, Ala. The event will be the first of two visits the Tigers will pay to the Birmingham Sportsplex this indoor season.

Stay Connected
Make sure you follow Memphis Track and Field on Twitter (@MemTigersTF_XC) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MemphisTrack) for updates throughout the season.

Last Time Out
Memphis track and field squads began the indoor season at the Illini Classic on Jan. 18. The team scored meet saw the Tigers place second overall in the men's and women's divisions with several athletes picking up podium finishes.

Maya Williamson placed first in the 800m with a time of 2:10.59. In the women's 60m, DaQuanya Byrd-West took third in a time of 7.71. For the men, LaForrest Church placed second in the 600m posting a time of 1:19.89.

The Memphis men and women scored big in field events. In the men's high jump, Georgio Lynwood took second at a height of 2.08m (6'9.75"). Freshman Chardae Greenlee made an immediate impact in the women's triple jump, posting a second place finish of 11.49m (37'8.5").

In the women's pole vault, Clara Amat-Fernandez and Sabrina Hochreuther placed first and second respectively. Amat-Fernandez cleared a height of 3.85m (12'7.5") for the top spot, with Hochreuther vaulting 3.80m (12'5.5").

Memphis throwers shined picking up a total of five podium finishes. Luke Vaughn took the men's shot put title with a mark of 16.52m (54'2.5"), with teammate Yannik Schaly placing second at 16.46m (54'). In the women's shot put Vivian Brandhoff took third with a throw of 14.69m (48'2.5").

In the women's weight throw, Cyarra Wells scored a second place finish of 17.83m (58'6"), with Britta Jaarats taking third with a throw of 17.53m (57'5.26").



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