Tigers Set for Samford Multi and Invitational
Go Tigers! The Tigers will compete at the Samford Multi and Invitational this weekend in Birmingham, Ala.
Go Tigers!
The Tigers will compete at the Samford Multi and Invitational this weekend in Birmingham, Ala.
Go Tigers!

Feb. 8, 2013

Memphis Track and Field Notebook 

C-USA Indoor Track and Field Notebook

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-University of Memphis track and field squads return to action at the Samford Multi and Invitational, this weekend, at the Birmingham Crossplex. The meet hosted by Samford University, will be key to the Tigers preparation for the 2013 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Initially the Tigers were scheduled to split the team between Samford and the Tyson Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas. However, with the league indoor season finale looming, the decision was made to keep the squad together and compete at what will be the host site for the conference championships.

"Our team is getting better and improving but we still need to grow together as a team and come together as a team," head track and field head coach Kevin Robinson said. "This weekend is crucial for our development, for many of our athletes this will be the last meet before the C-USA Championship. I felt it would be in the best interest of the team if we stayed together, rally around each other, got excited about what each other is doing rather than being spread out across the country"

The Tigers will not compete on day one of the meet which will consist of the heptathlon and pentathlon events. Memphis athletes get to work on day two at 8 a.m. (CT) with running events, with field events slated for a 9 a.m. (CT) start. Final results from the meet will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.

USTFCCCA South Region Rankings
The Memphis men's and women's track and field squads continue to hold top-10 rankings in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Region Rankings. The men's team dropped to No. 7 from No. 9, while the women's team fell from No. 5 to No. 6.

In the Men's South Region Event Rankings, the distance medley relay team of Julien Wolf, Brandon Williams, Godfrey Fayne and James Maglasang rank fourth with their season-best time of 10:01.31. Georgio Lynwood holds down the third spot in the high jump at a height of 2.14m (7'.25").

Pole vaulters Austin Crenshaw (5.25m, 17'2.75") and Pauls Pujats (5.10m, 16'8.75") rank fourth and fifth. Freshman Manuel Ziegler ranks fifth in the triple jump with his season-best of 15.74m (51'7.75").

Andrew Miller ranks eighth in the weight throw with his season-best of 18.59m (61'). In the heptathlon Luis Hanssler (5,291 points) and Marc Klaschka (5,204 points) rank fourth and fifth respectively.

In the women's South Region Event Rankings, the 4 x 400m relay team of Monica Mason, Kala Funderburk, Keyona Neal and Maya Williamson rank fourth with their recent school-record performance of 3:42.69. Xenia Rahn is tied for fifth in the high jump with her program-record of 1.81m (5'11.25")

In the pole vault, Sabrina Hochreuther and Clara Amat Fernandez are tied for fifth with their program-record mark of 3.90m (12'9.5"). Cyarra Wells (18.70m, 61'4.25") and Britta Jaarats (18.45m, 60'6.5") rank fifth and seventh respectively in the weight throw. In the pentathlon, Xenia Rahn ranks first in the pentathlon with 4,191 points.

Where the Tigers Rank in C-USA
Memphis athletes continue to hold top-10 spots in the Conference USA Event Rankings. On the women's side, Kala Funderburk (55.63) and Maya Williamson (56.23) rank fifth and sixth in the 400m dash. Williamson (2:11.31), Monica Mason (2:15.08), Nandia Taylor (2:15.13), Keyona Neal (2:15.37) and Jenny Johnston (2:15.52) rank first, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth respectively in the 800m run.

Mason, Neal, Funderburk and Williamson rank second in the 4 x 400m relay with their school-record mark of 3:42.69. Xenia Rahn ranks eighth in the 60m hurdles with a time of with a season-best time of 8.65. Rahn's program-record in the penthatlon ranks first in C-USA.

In the high jump, Rahn school-record leap of 1.81m (5'11.25") ranks second, with Laura Toldy (1.70m, 5'7") tied for fifth and Kirsten Berding (1.65m, 5'5") tied for 10th. Clara Amat Fernandez and Sabrin Hochreuther are tied for third in the pole vault with their school-record vault of 3.90m (12'9.5"), with Carolina Carmichale (3.70m, 12'1.5") checking in tied for seventh.

Vivian Brandhoff (14.55m, 47'9"), Britta Jaarats (14.32m, 46'11.75") and Allison Hotz (14.11m, 46'3.35") rank fourth, sixth and eight respectively in the shot put. In the weight throw, Cyarra Well (18.70m, 61'4.25") and Jaarats (18.45m, 60'6.5") rank first and second in the league standings.

On the men's side, Brandon Williams ranks eighth in the 400m dash with his personal-best of 48.73. In the 800m runs Godfrey Fayne (1:54.35) ranks fifth, with Julien Wolf (1:55.18) eighth. In the mile run James Maglasang ranks sixth at a time of 4:15.17.Tyrell Forde (8.19) and Aaron Willett (8.28) rank sixth and eighth respectively in the 60m hurdles.

In field events, Georgio Lynwood ranks second in the high jump at 2.14m (7'.25"), while Tuure Hollo checks in tied for ninth at 1.93m (6'4"). Austin Crenshaw (5.25m, 17'2.75") and Pauls Pujats (5.10m, 16'8.75") hold down the second and third spots in the pole vault, with Hollo (4.65m, 15'3") checking in ninth.

In the long jump, Luis Hanssler (7.08m, 23'2.75") ranks fifth, while Manuel Ziegler (7.05m, 23'2.75") and Marc Kalschka (7.05m, 23'2.75") are tied for sixth. Ziegler holds the top spot in the triple jump at a distance of15.74m (51'7.75").

Yannik Schaly (17.43m, 57'2.25"), Andrew Miller (16.71m, 54'10") and Matt Sipe (15.55m, 51'.25") rank third, sixth and seventh respectively in the shot put. Miller (18.59m, 61') ranks third in the weight throw, while William Hubber (16.79m, 55'1") and Matt Sipe (15.20m, 49'5.50") rank sixth and 10th.

In the heptathlon, the Tigers hold four places in the top-10. Luis Hanssler (5,291 points), March Klaschka (5,204 points), Tuure Hollo (5,079 points) and Tim Jones (4,343 points) rank second, third, fourth and ninth respectively.

Familiar Surroundings
The Samford Multi and Invitational will be the second of three meets the Tigers will compete in at the Birmingham Crossplex this indoor season. Memphis opened the season at the state of the art facility with the BSC Icebreaker on Nov. 30. The venue will play host to the Conference USA Indoor Championships Feb. 23-24.

Last Time Out
At the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame University, the women's 4 x 400m relay team of, Monica Mason, Kala Funderburk, Keyona Neal and Maya Williamson broke their own program-record with a time of 3:42.69 taking fourth place. This surpassed their previous program-best of 3:44.35 set at the Kentucky Invitational earlier this season.

Brandon Williams set a new personal-best in the men's 400m with a time of 48.73 (26th place). Williams previous best in the event was 49.13 set at the McCravy Invitational (1/26/13).

In the 800m run, Nandia Taylor clocked a time of 2:16.96 to take 42nd overall. On the men's side, Godfrey Fayne took 48th with a time of 1:56.10.

James Maglasang (4:15.44), Austin Carter (4:20.85) and Julien Wolf (4:23.87) took 30th, 52nd and 58th overall in the men's mile run. Carter's time of 4:20.85 was a new personal best for the sophomore. Louisa Lingley finished 28th in women's 800m in a time of 5:01.94.

Wolf, Williams, Fayne and Maglasang finished second in the men's distance medley with a time of 10:01.31. The Memphis women took seventh place in the event as the team of Taylor, Funderburk, Williamson and Lingley checked in with time of 12:00.95.

Up Next for Memphis Track and Field
The Tigers next meet will be the Redhawks Invitational hosted by SEMO, Feb. 15-16 in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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



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