Memphis Track Teams Prepare to Compete at Illinois, Saturday
Feb. 1, 2001
Memphis, Tenn.-- - After the men's track team automatically qualified one individual for the NCAA Championships and broke two school records, and the women's squad finished with four top-10 finishes at Arkansas, the two teams will travel to Illinois to compete in the Carle/Health Alliance Illini Classic, Saturday.
Junior Delvit Rogers (Memphis, Tenn./Raleigh Egypt) automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump with a career-best mark of 16.23 meters (53-3). Rogers finished fourth in the seeded event (seeded and unseeded events split the field in events where there were a large number of participants), the highest-finishing collegian. This marked the second time in as many years that Rogers had qualified for the NCAA Championships in the first meet of the season.
Senior Stefan Matschiner (Laakirchen, Austria) hopes to be the second Tiger to qualify for the NCAA's in the 3000-meter run. At last weekend's meet, Matschiner won the unseeded heat of the 3,000, falling just short of provisionally-qualifying with a time of 8:14.55. Runners need to finish in 8:12 or better to provisionally qualify. Matschiner, in addition to winning the 3,000 at Arkansas, also broke a 17-year-old school record. The previous Tiger best was posted in 1984 when David Topham crossed the finish line in 8:17.19. His time at Arkansas is the best indoor time of the season among C-USA competitors this season.
An 18-year-old school record also fell at Arkansas. The 4x400 meter relay team broke the 1983 record of 3:15.50 with their 3:14.68 finish, good enough for sixth-place, at Arkansas.
The women's team split up and competed in two meets over the weekend, but posted four top 10 finishes against some prestigious competition at Arkansas. Junior Kameilah Amaya (Carbondale, Ill./Carbondale) finished fourth in the women's weight throw with a throw of 17.11 meters (56-1.75), just 2.25 inches away from tying her school record that she set last season. Amaya is currently ranked second in the league in the weight throw.
Freshman Keenan Gibson (Arima, Trinidad) is a bright spot for a young Lady Tiger sprint squad. Gibson is currently ranked sixth in the conference in the 60-meter dash (7.83) and third in the 200 (25.24). Another freshman in the top six in the league is Shamieka Johnson (Pensacola, Fla./Woodham). Johnson is ranked sixth in the 400 with a time of 57.88 from the Arkansas meet.
Junior Barbara Wine (Pampa, Texas/Pampa), the runner-up at last year's C-USA indoor championships in the shot put, is again vying for the league's shot put title. Wine finished eighth last weekend at Arkansas with a best put of 13.83 meters (45-4.50). She is currently ranked second in the league behind Louisville's Shola Kadiri.
The schedule for the Saturday meet is as follows: