Track Teams to Participate in Conference USA Indoor Championships
Feb. 22, 2000
Memphis, Tenn.-- - The University of Memphis track teams will participate in the Conference USA Indoor Championships, Saturday and Sunday.
The men's team finished fifth in last year's championships and won two indoor titles.
Looking to defend his indoor title will be sophomore Delvit Rogers (Memphis/Raleigh Egypt). Rogers won the long jump in his first season as a Tiger and is currently ranked third in C-USA in the long jump with a season-best effort of 7.42 meters (24-4.25), seven inches shorter than his conference winning distance last season.
Rogers also looks to make a run, or rather, a hop-step-jump at a medal in the triple jump. Rogers has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in that event and is currently ranked second in the league with a 15.75 meter effort (51-8.25). He is second to UNC Charlotte's Rephel Martin, who won the 1999 C-USA triple jump indoor title with a mark of 15.41 meters.
Sophomore sprinter Larry Crawford (Memphis/Craigmont) is another Tiger that could find the medal stand. Crawford is currently ranked second in C-USA in the 60-meter dash with a season-best time of 6.79 and is ranked first in the 200 with a best showing of 21.51.
Senior Jason Garrison (Memphis/Kirby) is also a favorite to win a conference title. Garrison is currently ranked first in the league in the men's weight throw, with a toss of 17.98m/59-00.
The Tigers will be without junior pole vaulter Christos Adamides, who was declared ineligible for the second semester. Adamides won the C-USA outdoor pole vault title last season as well as the prestigious college title at the Penn Relays.