@MemTigersTF_XC Travels to SEMO

Feb. 20, 2014

Memphis Indoor Track and Field Meet Notes Feb. 20

Redhawks Invitaional Schedule

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -University of Memphis track and field squads will compete in their final indoor meet before the American Athletic Conference Championship, on Friday, at the Redhawks Invitational hosted by SEMO.

"This meet is only six days away from our conference championship," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "We use this as a field event tune up, a final opportunity for our field-eventers to clean-up some things. We're starting to peak a little bit athletically; they should start feeling really good. It gives them an opportunity to get some better marks out there, to get into a better heat or a better flight at the conference championship."

The Redhawks Invitational traditionally produces some of the highest marks and personal-records for Memphis' field and short sprint event athletes each season. In 2013, a combined 11 new personal-bests were set by Memphis athletes.

"We usually do a great job at this meet, because it is a great atmosphere with just a couple of schools," Robinson said. "This week it is for the athletes. The whole event is set-up for the athletes to perform at a very high level. It's perfect for us."

The meet is set for one day with field events beginning at 3:30 p.m. (CT), followed by running events at 6:30 p.m. (CT). Results from the meet will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.

Memphis Women Holding Strong in the USTFCCCA South Region
The women's squad moved up two places to No. 12 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Region Index, while the men fell out of the top-15 for the first time this season. Three individual athletes hold top-eight positions in the USTFCCCA South Region Event Index.

For the women, Maya Williamson ranks fifth in the 800m with her program-record time of 2:07.47. Williamson's time also ranks 35th on the TFRRS.org NCAA Division I Qualifying List. In the shot put, Vivian Brandhoff ranks seventh her personal-best mark of 15.14m (49'8.25"). On the men's side, Pauls Pujats ranks fifth in the pole vault with his season-best of 5.30m (17'4.5").

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 2:07.45. Georgio Lynwood leads the men's high jump at 2.08m (6'9.75").

Up Next for Memphis
The Tigers travel to the Empire State for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship. The event is set for Feb. 28-March 1 at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York, N.Y.

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
The men's and women's squads had a strong showing at the Southern Miss Cupid Classic in Birmingham, Ala. The Tigers took a combined two titles in the pole vault and 800m.

For the women Maya Williamson took first in the 800m with a new-program record of 2:07.47. Pauls Pujats took the men's pole vault title clearing 5.20m (17'.75").

In the men's 800m, the Tigers scored three top-10 finishes. Fabian Fiege was the top-finisher placing third in a time of 1:52.62. Godfrey Fayne followed in fifth at 1:53.74, with Alex Klatt taking 10th at 1:56.28. Along with Williamson on the women's side of the 800m, Memphis notched top-10 finishes in the event with Martina Rodriguez (2:12.17), Jenny Johnston (2:13.92) and Julia Merbach (2:14.86) placing fourth, seventh and eighth respectively.

In the mile run, Austin Carter found the podium placing second in a time of 4:16.29. James Maglasang took 11th clocking a time of 4:19.94. Running in the 3,000m, Dan Kuhman scored a top-10 finish placing seventh at 8:40.19.

In other track events, DaQuanya Byrd-West ran a season-best in the 60m of 7.66 to place fifth. Destinee Landsden placed 11th in the 200m with a personal-best of 24.81, with Byrd-West taking 24th at 25.54. In the men's 60m, Joe Craig took fifth with at time of 6.95.



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