@MemTigersTF_XC Set for Cupid Classic
Feb. 13, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-University of Memphis track and field squads will hit the road for their fourth meet of the indoor season, on Friday, at the Cupid Classic. The event, hosted by Southern Miss, will be held at the Birmingham Crossplex Arena.
"The facility and the track itself are unbeatable," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "It's a great place for us to compete when we are able to get our entire team there and this weekend we have that opportunity. It's going to be a big event for us so hopefully we are ready for it."
For some Memphis athletes this meet will provide a final tune-up before the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championship (Feb. 28-Mrach 1) in New York. For others it will be an opportunity to secure a spot to compete at the championship.
"We'll be taking 65 to 66 athletes," Robinson said. "Everybody is going to get an opportunity to get up there and earn the right to travel to New York. It's a big meet for us this weekend. It will also be a final opportunity for our 200m and up track athletes to compete before the conference championship.
The meet is set for one day with field and track events set to begin at 11 a.m. (CT). Several programs will be competing at the event, including among others, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Both Magnolia State programs are ranked in the most recent United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Region Top-15 Rankings.
Results from the meet will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.
USTFCCCA South Region Rankings
Four Memphis athletes also hold individual top-eight spots in the individual event rankings. For the men, Dan Kuhman ranks eighth in the 5,000m with his season-best of 14:58.92. Pauls Pujats ranks fifth in the pole vault with his season-best of 5.30m (17'4.5").
On the women's side Maya Williamson ranks sixth in the 800m with her season-best run of 2:08.04 (converted from 2:09.58 due to track size). In the shot put, Vivian Brandhoff ranks sixth with her season-best throw of 15.11m (45'7").
Last Time Out
In the 800m, LaQuintin Garner placed first crossing the line at 1:57.14, with Keanan Joyner taking fifth at 1:59.00. The Tigers third title came in the men's pole vault as Austin Crenshaw took the top spot at a height of 5.09m (16'8.25"). Tuure Hollo and Luis Hanssler tied for sixth at 4.49m (14'8.75"), with Marc Klaschka taking ninth at 4.34m(14'2.75").
Yannik Schaly captured Memphis' fourth title of the day in the shot put with a throw of 17.57m (57'7.75"). Luke Vaughn (17.04m, 55'11"), Tom Willcox (16.19m 53'1.50"), Wade Wells (15.33m, 50'3.5") and Matt Sipe (15.28m, 50'1.75") placed second, third, seventh and ninth respectively.
For the women, Maya Williamson took first in the 800m crossing the finish line at 2:09.51. Martina Rodriguez (2:13.82) took second, with Jenny Johnston(2:16.53) and Meghan Christensen (2:19.71) taking sixth and eighth respectively.
DaQuanya Byrd-West took the 200m title with a time of 25.30. Destinee Landsden (25.37) and Monica Mason (26.41) placed third and 10th respectively. Byrd-West also took third in the 60m with a time of 7.70.
Vivian Brandhoff scored a win in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 15.11m (49'7"). Britta Jaarats (14.71m, 48'3.25"), Cyarra Wells (12.91m, 42'4.25") and Courtney Krueger (12.46m,40'10.5") placed second, fifth and eighth. Jaarats also recorded a second place finish in the weight throw with a mark of (17.68m 58'0.25").